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Let's face it, Windows and Mac will never fully get along. Playing WMV (Windows Media Video) on Mac is no execption. So if you're looking to play WMV on a Mac, this article will show you the most trusted solutions to play WMV video on Mac (Mavericks included), and also help you to edit WMV in iMovie, add WMV to iTunes and more.
While if you want a free WMV player for Mac to play WMV on Mac, go to Part 2.
By converting WMV to Mac friendly formats .MOV, you can open WMV files using Mac default player (QuickTime) without downloading other player software. And if you also want to manage WMV on iTunes, transfer to iPhone for playback or edit in iMovie, etc. you'd better convert WMV to MOV or other Mac compatible formats. iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac is a good choice with its excellent performance in WMV conversion allowing you to convert WMV to MOV, MP4, iTunes, iMovie, etc.
After you have installed the WMV converter on Mac, launch the program. Now you can directly drag and drop the WMV file to the main interface of the program. The file will be loaded to the program.
Alternatively, you can click the "+" icon at the bottom left corner of the program main interface to choose the WMV file and add to the program.
In the bottom format tray, there are some output video format options and optimized presets provided for QuickTime, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMovie and more. To play WMV files on Mac, you can just choose "MOV" as output format.
When you have selected the output format, you can click the "Convert" button to start the conversion. For detailed user guide of WMV Mac converter click here.
Note: The below part is only to introduce you to 3 free WMV player for Mac so you can play WMV on Mac. But it does not contain tips on importing WMV videos to iMovie, transferring WMV videos to iTunes library, and how to sync WMV videos to iPhone, etc.
VLC Media Player
I highly recommend VLC media player, since it is a free player and compatible with Mac OS X. You are free to play your WMV videos on VLC player and make your videos look pretty good on it. This free VLC media player can work with many kinds of video and audio formats, such as MOV, MP4, WMV, AVI, MP3, etc. Also, it can support VCDs, DVDs and Audio CDs as well as streaming protocols. What is more, it supports many kinds of system platforms, such as Mac OS, Windows OS, Linux, Sharp Zaurus, Syllable, BSD, MorphOS, BeOS and Solaris. Anyway, it should be the best choice for playing WMV videos.
Windows Media Player 9 for Mac
Windows Media Player 9 for Mac supports both streamed and local WMV and WMA files. It is also a free player, but there is no plan to provide upgrade any more. Normally, this player meets your needs to play WMV files on Mac. However, the discontinue upgrade decision did caused trouble for Mac users. This player supports Apple Mac OS X version 10.5 or later, when it was released in 2003. Some Snow Leopard OS users find it is really a headache to unzip the player 9 download or to get this player to work normally. So if your system does not support this player, turn to other solutions.
Flip4Mac Component for Mac
As mentioned before, Microsoft does not have a plan to upgrade windows media player 9, however, Microsoft did offer an alternative for Mac users: Windows Media Components for QuickTime Flip4Mac, which is developed by Telestream. This player supports high-definition playback. With this QuickTime component, you can play both WMV and WMA files directly using QuickTime Player and watch streamed WMV videos. Also, is a great player for WMV videos on Mac OS X version 10.4 or later.
Answer: Although VLC includes all common codecs for video files, sometime it will also fail to play some WMV videos. In such cases, first make sure you're using the latest VLC. Secondly, make sure the WMV files are not corrupted. To do so, either try other media player software or try importing WMV to iSkysoft WMV Converter for Mac.
Answer: Of course NOT. WMV is encoded with Windows Media Video format so you need a media player with WMV decoder included, or your system provides such a decoder. If you're using Windows, you can usually play WMV files without any problem, but if you want to watch WMV video on Mac, you have to install a WMV player or convert WMV to MOV or other Mac-compatible formats first.
The solution for playing on MacBook Pro is the same as that on Mac because MacBook Pro is running Mac OS X. That is to say, you can download a WMV player like VLC or convert WMV to MOV so you can play WMV on Mac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc.