How to Play WMV Files with VLC

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WMV file format is a very famous file format among Windows users to play video files which can be easily played on Windows operating system using VLC media player. While when we put VLC media player together with WMV format and Mac operating system, then it fails to play videos using VLC media player on Mac osx. To solve out this issue we are going to provide this guide below and it will help you to play WMV files on VLC media player.

Part 1. What is WMV File

WMV is a video format and developed by Microsoft to play videos on Windows computers. WMV format stands for windows media video aiming at streaming several applications online. This format is also known as compression format that enables you to convert bigger files in the smaller and more manageable files. This file format is readable in most famous video players such as VLC, windows media player classic, Mplayer or RealPlayer. But if you are looking to play this WMV format on your Mac, I'm afraid not because the Microsoft codecs that WMV format uses are not readable by Mac operating system.

Part 2. How to Play WMV with VLC Media Player on Mac

As mentioned above, there're chances of Windows users to play WMV files with VLC media player, but not possible on a Mac operating system. Now to solve all these issues, the only quick and fast solution to that is converting your WMV files to other VLC supported formats. You can get help with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

Part 3. How to Solve "VLC Not Playing WMV" Issue

The quickest way is to turn to Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate Software, as the name puts, it converts WMV files or any other format file to different formats as per user requires. This software supports 1000+ audio video formats and allows you to convert your files from one format to another very easily and quickly. With it, you can effortlessly play WMV with VLC after converting WMV to VLC supported formats. This software also works as a downloader, media streamer and DVD burner as well. There are countless features available in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate that allows you to do whatever you want with your video files and gives you a complete video solution.

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How to Convert WMV to VLC-compatible Formats with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Step 1 Download Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate via the download button above, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your Mac. Launch it afterwards and make sure you're downloading the Mac verison.

play wmv files with vlc

Note: The Windows version functions almost the same as the Mac screenshots.

Step 2 By default, you will be on the Convert tab of the software. Now you have to add WMV files to the software interface, just click on the Add Files button. Or you can use the diect drag-and-drop way to import WMV files to the software.

play wmv files with vlc

Step 3 After adding files in the software interface, click the Inverted triangle icon icon beside Convert all files to: and select Video > MP4 (or other formats compatible with VLC on Mac) and choose a video resolution in the right.

play wmv files with vlc

Note: Aside from converting WMV files into other formats, you can directly play WMV files with the built-in Wondershare player.

Step 4 Now click on Convert button in the bottom right side of the software interface, it will convert automatically and you can see these converted files in the output folder after a while.

play wmv files with vlc

Note: Output folder is in the bottom middle area of the interface and you can change output folder for converted files yourself.

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