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File TypeWindows Media Video File

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a WMV file?

A WMV file is a video file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and compressed with Windows Media compression. It contains video encoded with one of Microsoft's Windows Media Video (WMV) proprietary codecs and is similar to an .ASF file.

More Information

Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 was the last version of the Windows Media Player developed for Mac OS X. However, Mac users can use Flip4Mac WMV (also known as Microsoft Windows Media Components for QuickTime) to play WMV files.

NOTE: Windows Media Audio (WMA) files are saved with a .WMA extension.

Programs that open WMV files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Video
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Nullsoft Winamp
CyberLink PowerDVD 15
CyberLink PowerDirector 14 Ultra
Audials One 2016
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Web browser
with the Windows Media Player plugin
Eltima Elmedia Player
ShedWorx Smart Converter
Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components
Apple QuickTime Pro
with Flip4Mac WMV Components
Web browser
with Flip4Mac WMV plugin
Google Drive
Macca Studios WMV Player
olimsoft OPlayer
PentaLoop PlayerXtreme Media Player
J2 Interactive MX Player
Updated 7/28/2016