Need to Open and Edit WMV Video Files?

Download WMV Video Editor to play and edit WMV files with no hassles.

  • Compatible with WMV and many more video and audio format.
  • Includes all basic video editing tools like cut, trim, rotate, crop, etc.
  • Export to WMV, MP4, MOV, AVI, RMVB, ASF, 3GP, FLV, MPG, WebM, MKV, etc.
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WMV video editor

What's a WMV File?

WMV, short for Windows Media Video, is a video compression format introduced by Microsoft for several audio and video codecs. It's also a codec designed for Internet streaming applications, whose main competitor is RealVideo. In 2003, Microsoft developed a video codec specification based on its WMV9 codec and submitted to the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) for application as an open standard. The standard was officially approved. The standard code was SMPTE 421M, and its informal name was VC-1. Since then, VC-1 has become one of the three major video codecs supporting BD-ROM and HD DVD-ROM, in addition to MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC.

Many people may be confused about the difference between ASF and WMV. In most cases, WMV video are wrapped in Microsoft's ASF container format whose full name is Advanced Streaming Format. It's a container format developed by Microsoft specifically for streaming media. A file with the .wmv extension is usually an ASF format file using the WMV codec. Microsoft recommends that if the ASF format file contains a non-Microsoft codec, it is better to use the .asf extension. In general, the audio encoding interlaced with WMV video is WMA (Windows Media Audio). Although WMV compressed video is usually wrapped using ASF file format, it could also be wrapped inside other file containers like AVI and MKV.


play and edit WMV files

Windows Media Player is the default WMV player for Windows. To play WMV files on Mac, you may install Perian, which is the swiss-army knife of QuickTime components. If and when Perian doesn't work, try looking into VLC, KMPlayer, PotPlayer, Movavi Video Editor, Wondershare Filmora, BlazeVideo Video Editor, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, etc.

How to Open WMV Files with Movavi Video Editor

Open WMV files in Windows

  1. In the main screen, go to the Media tab on the left sidebar and click the Add Media Files button.
  2. Go through the top menu bar File > Add Media Files, or simply press Ctrl+O.
  3. Resize Mov Video Editor's window and then drop WMV files to the timeline.

Open WMV files on Mac

  1. Go to the Media tab on left and click the Add Media Files button.
  2. Go through File > Add Media Files in the top menu bar, or directly press Command+O.
  3. Directly drag and drop WMV files from Finder to Movavi Video Editor's timeline. No prior conversion required.

Open WMV Video on Mac and Windows

Windows 10 Windows 8 Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP
macOS Mojave macOS High Sierra macOS Sierra macOS el Capitan Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

FAQs on WMV Playback in Windows, Mac and Mobile Devices

Question:Why QuickTime won't play .WMV files on Mac?

Answer: Windows and Mac have never get along well with each other. WMV not playing quickly on Mac is just like MOV not playing well in Windows. To fix the problem, get and install Perian to play WMV files with QuickTime or convert WMV to MOV so you're able to play, edit and share without any issue on Mac.

Movavi Video Editor Opens WMV Files and More

Not only can WMV Video Editor opens WMV files but also other video formats like MOV, AVI, MPG, M4V, MKV, FLV, etc. Movavi Video Editor is an all-in-one video editing application for Mac and Windows.

MOV MP4 WMV AVI RMVB M4V MKV MP3 VOB 3GP SWF WebM MOD AAC
MPEG OGV XviD M2TS MXF FLV ASF DIVX TS TOD CineForm ProRes DNxHR AC3

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