WMV, designed by Miscrosoft, is one of the most commonly used video formats. Many downloaded or streaming on the internet videos are often seen in .WMV extension. Chances are that you failed to play certain WMV files, especially after upgrading to Windows 8. In this artile, 3 easy and accessible WMV players for Windows, Mac, portable devices are shared with you.
1. WMV player for Windows 8: Windows Media Player
To play WMV, AVI format in Windows PC or Windows based devices, Windows Media Player is with no doubt the best media player. It has many unmatchable features. It supports local playback, streaming playback with multicast streams and progressive downloads. Items in a playlist can be skipped over temporarily at playback time without removing them from the playlist. Full keyboard-based operation is possible in the player.
However, chances are you may fail to play certain WMV files with WMP and get notice to install the required codecs. This maybe due to its inner codec is not recognizable for your Windows Media Player. You can check and install the lastest WMP version to troubleshoot the problem, or search some codec pack like K-lite codecs.
2. WMV player for Mac: QuickTime player with Flip4mac WMV
Mac users don't enjoy full convenience for playing WMV video with its embedded QuickTime player, cause it only supports MOV, MP4, M4V encoded by Apple Inc. However, there's a third party named Telestream developed Flip4mac WMV to compass the restrictions. With this QuickTime component, you can play both WMV and WMA files directly using QuickTime Player and watch streamed WMV videos.
Additionally, if you want to convert WMV files to play them on various portable devices like iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV, HTC, Samsung, etc., you can resort to a free video converter like Wondershare Free Video Converter.