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I have been trying to play some video clips in .wmv on Mac, but it seems that the wmv format can't be accepted, I try to open it with QuickTime, it says quick time does not recognize the file. I have OS X 10.12

Windows Media Video (.wmv), a type of compressed video file format, is one of several standard formats available today. It is developed by Microsoft and commonly used in a variety of Windows-based players. For easy sharing via the Internet and Email, WMV files are also popular among other platforms other than Windows. Mac users will sometimes run into content in WMV format they want to play WMV on Mac. Unfortunately, the included tools for audio and video playback on the Mac are not able to play .WMV files. Luckily, there are a few different ways you can go about watching WMV files on Mac. Today we take a look at what might be the easiest way to play WMV videos on MacOS.
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Method 1: Convert WMV into Mac file to play WMV on Mac

There are a lot of programs out there capable of getting the job done for you. Video Converter for Mac is just such a great file conversion application available for you. It takes advantage of your Mac's multi-core processor and convert the WMV video file(s) on Mac at a time quickly. It can convert the more widely used containers like AVI, MOV, MKV, MP4, MTS etc. Once the file(s) converted, your will works them with your QuickTime, iPhones, iPads, iMovie, FCPX and many other iOS devices and apps.

The tool includes a group of presets that simplify the process of choosing output settings. If you want to convert WMV files exclusively for any of the devices listed in the preset list, simply click on that device.

Related Article: How to convert WMV video to M4V file on a Mac

Basic Steps

1. Add WMV files into the program by dragging-n-dropping or clicking 'Add File' button 2. Select Mac playable file (mp4, mov, m4v) from 'Profile' drop-down menu as output format. 3. Hit 'Convert' button at the bottom of the screen to start converting WMV.

Method 2: Install Flip4Mac component for QuickTime to play WMV for Mac

Flip4Mac, the 'Windows Media Components for QuickTime' is a free collection of QuickTime components that lets you play Microsoft Silverlight file and WMV file on Mac, either through QuickTime Player or right in your browser.

Download and install Flip4Mac. This Microsoft-designed application attaches itself to QuickTime. You don't notice the application once installed, but when WMV files are activated, they play directly through QuickTime, instead of prompting a message stating the software is unable to read the file. Double-click the WMV file. It will now automatically play WMV in Mac QuickTime media player.

<Update! Flip4Mac currently supports only Mac OS X 10.6.8 thru 10.11.6, if you're running a higher MacOS, this method could not be for you.>

Method 3: Install Windows Media Player for Mac to play WMV file

Windows Media Player 9 for Mac can play both local and streamed WMA and WMV files on a Mac. It's free of charge.

Download and install Windows Media Player for Mac. To view the WMV file, just launch the media player, select 'File,' 'Open', choose the WMV file and click 'OK' to load the movie. Click the 'Play' button on the bottom of the screen and the video file begins to play.
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<Update! Windows Media Player for Mac is no longer available, and Microsoft actually recommends Flip4mac, which we mentioned in Method 2, on their own website as a alternative for it. We strongly recommend that you download VLC media player from VideoLAN. It's an open-source application and free of charge, letting you play almost anything on the Mac.>

Download VLC for Mac here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

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The 3 methods list above will give you good experience at playing WMV movies on MacOS. If you prefer to transfer the WMV to other Apple products, like iPhone, iPad, iMovie, FCP or other popular devices which can't support WMV format, Video Converter for Mac would hand the video conversion well.

Developer(s)Telestream, Inc.
Initial releaseDecember 6, 2004; 16 years ago[1][2]
Final release
Operating systemmacOS
Platformx86, x64
Available inEnglish
TypeMultimedia framework, plug-in, media player

Flip4Mac from Telestream, Inc. was a digital media software for the macOS operating system. It was known for being the only QuickTime component for macOS to support Windows Media Video.


Telestream previously offered a free standalone player also known as Flip Player while charging for their Pro and Studio features until the release of v3.3 on May 1, 2014 when they began charging for Flip4Mac Player[4] (plug-in and standalone player combined).[5]

There are four versions of Flip4Mac Player:[6]

  • Flip4Mac Player ($9.99)

Play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime applications and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a web browser

  • Flip4Mac Player Pro ($29)

Adds the ability to import WMV and WMA files for editing and conversion to QuickTime formats or iOS devices

  • Flip4Mac Studio ($49)

Includes all the features of Player Pro, and adds the ability to create standard definition (up to 768 x 576) WMV files using preset templates and custom encoding profiles

  • Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD ($179)

Includes all the features of Studio, and adds two-pass HD (up to 1920 x 1080), VBR encoding and pro audio features

Technical specifications[edit]

Below is the following technical specifications for Flip4Mac Player:[7]

Codec support

Supported audio codecsPlay and importExport
Windows Media Audio 9 Professional
Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless
Windows Media Audio 9 Standard
Windows Media Audio 7/8
Microsoft G.726
Microsoft IMA ADPCM
Microsoft ADPCM
Supported video codecsPlay and importExport
Windows Media Video 9 Advanced (WMVA) — Broadcast Profile
Windows Video Codec 1 (WVC1)
Windows Media Video 9 Standard (WMV3)
Windows Media Video 8 (WMV2)
Windows Media Video 7 (WMV1)
ISO MPEG-4 V1.1 (M4S2)
ISO MPEG-4 V1.0 (MP4S)
Microsoft MPEG-4 V3 (MP43)
Microsoft MPEG-4 V2 (MP42)
Microsoft Motion JPEG (MJPG)
Supported file formatsPlay and importExport
Advanced Systems Format (ASF)
Advanced Stream Redirector (ASX)
Audio/Video Interleaved (AVI) — WMV media wrapped in AVI file format
*NOTE: Exporting WMV9 Advanced and WMA Professional and Lossless is supported only by Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD

Network stream protocols

Stream typeNameProtocols
Microsoft Media Server
HTTP Live Streaming

Frame sizes available for export

4:3StudioStudio Pro HD
160 x 120
240 x 180
320 x 240
384 x 288
480 x 360
640 x 480
768 x 576
960 x 720
1280 x 1080
4:3 CCIRStudioStudio Pro HD
720 x 480
720 x 575
16:9StudioStudio Pro HD
320 x 180
640 x 360
960 x 540
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080

System requirements[edit]

In order to run Flip4Mac, you need to meet the following specifications:[3]

  • Intel-based Mac
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later
*NOTE: Please note if running on Snow Leopard, you need to update to 10.6.8 via Apple Software Update.

Windows Media Components for QuickTime[edit]

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Windows Media Components for QuickTime allow free transparent playback of the most common Windows Media Video and Windows Media Audio formats on macOS inside QuickTime applications and web browsers.

On January 12, 2006, Microsoft discontinued the Macintosh version of Windows Media Player and began distributing Flip4Mac Player for free[8][9][10][11][12] until May 1, 2014 when Telestream began charging for Flip4Mac Player.[4] Microsoft's website refers the product as Windows Media Components for QuickTime while Telestream just refers to Flip4Mac.[13]

Windows Media[edit]

Advanced Stream Redirector[edit]

Advanced Stream Redirector (ASX) file format is a type of Extensible Markup Language (XML) metafile designed to store a playlist of Windows Media files for a multimedia presentation. Flip4Mac currently supports the following MIME types:[14]


Advanced Systems Format[edit]

Advanced Systems Format (ASF) is Microsoft's proprietary digital audio/digital videocontainer format, especially meant for streaming media.

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Windows Media Audio[edit]

Windows Media Audio (WMA) is an audio data compression technology developed by Microsoft. The name can be used to refer to its audio file format or its audio codecs.

Windows Media Digital Rights Management[edit]

Flip4Mac is unable to play content that has been protected using digital rights management.[15]

Windows Media Video[edit]

Windows Media Video (WMV) is a video data compression technology developed by Microsoft.

Version history[edit]

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  • Flip4Mac 2.1 was released on July 2006 with support for Intel-based Macs.[16]
  • Flip4Mac 3.0 was released on September 2012 with support for 64-bit improvements as well as Gatekeeper. It also includes Flip Player, a new multi-format video player with the ability to play the most common Windows Media formats.[17][18]
  • Flip4Mac 3.1 was released on February 2013 with support for the third generation MacBook Pros, MacBooks (relaunched version of the original MacBook line), and iMacs with Retina display. It also includes the ability to export videos to iTunes from Flip Player.[19][20]
  • Flip4Mac 3.2 was released on May 2013 with support for dramatically improved load time for ASF (.wmv, .wma, .wm, .wmp, .asf, etc.) file formats.[21][22][23]
  • Flip4Mac 3.3 was released on May 2014 with several minor 3.3.X updates with 3.3.7 being the latest update. Several updates include re-supporting Mac OS X Snow Leopard[3] (after the support being removed in 3.0), and natively supporting OS X Yosemite (10.10)[3] and OS X El Capitan (10.11).
  • The software is no longer supported higher than OS X El Capitan (10.11).[24] As a replacement Telestream advises users to try their Switch4Player software.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^'Telestream Flip4Mac brings Windows Media encoding to the Mac' by Telestream (December 6, 2004) – Wayback Machine
  2. ^'Telestream Flip4Mac offers WMV encoding on Mac' by Brad Cook (December 6, 2004) – Macworld
  3. ^ abcdFlip4Mac v3.3.7 release notes – Telestream
  4. ^ abWhy is Telestream charging for Flip4Mac Player? – Telestream
  5. ^Flip4Mac versus Flip Player – Vimeo
  6. ^Flip4Mac's overview – Telestream
  7. ^Flip4Mac's technical specifications – Telestream
  8. ^'Microsoft quietly ditches WMP for Mac' by Ed Oswald (January 11, 2006) – BetaNews
  9. ^'Windows Media content goes Mac OS X' by Digital Trends Staff (January 11, 2006) – Digital Trends
  10. ^'Microsoft confirms: WMP for Mac dead' by Nate Mook (January 12, 2006) – BetaNews
  11. ^'Music stops for Mac Windows Media Player' by Ina Fried (January 12, 2006) – c net
  12. ^'Microsoft bails on Windows Media Player for Mac' by Jim Dalrymple (January 14, 2006) – Macworld
  13. ^Windows Media Components for QuickTime – Microsoft
  14. ^Flip4Mac's technical specifications – Advanced Stream Redirector (ASX) support – Telestream
  15. ^Flip4Mac v3.3 User Guide – Telestream
  16. ^'Flip4Mac 2.1 adds Intel Mac support' by Jim Dalrymple (July 28, 2006) – Macworld
  17. ^'Telestream releases Flip4Mac 3.0 including new multi-format video player' (September 2012) – Digital Production Buzz
  18. ^Flip4Mac v3.0 release notes – Telestream
  19. ^'Flip4Mac 3.1 released with Retina display support and iTunes export' (February 23, 2013) – iClarified
  20. ^Flip4Mac v3.1 release notes – Telestream
  21. ^'Flip4Mac 3.2 brings dramatically improved load times for WMV and ASF video' (May 2, 2013) – iClarified
  22. ^'Flip4Mac 3.2 brings dramatically improved load times for WMV and ASF video' (May 2, 2013) – iHash
  23. ^Flip4Mac v3.2 release notes – Telestream
  24. ^Is Flip4Mac supported on OS X El Capitan? – Telestream

Further reading[edit]

Flip4Mac has been mentioned in the following books:

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  • Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, OS X Yosemite Edition (ISBN978-1-4919-4718-0)

External links[edit]

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  • Flip4Mac – official site
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