How to Play WMV files on OS X Mountain Lion
WMV file is a commonly used video format designed by Microsoft. It’s easy to share over the internet or attached in the email due to its relatively small body and high quality feature. However, WMV is not a friendly format to Mac users; you can’t play it directly with QuickTime, import it to iMovie, Final Cut Pro for editing, or burn it with iDVD. If you upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, you may even find that your former way of playing WMV files also quit working due to incompatibility issue. Luckily, there’s always workaround to solve this problem. And in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do it in two ways.
- Method 1: Convert WMV to QuickTime (.mov), MP4, etc on Mountain Lion
- Method 2: Install free plug-in or media converters to play WMV files on Mountain
To make the most of your WMV files on Mac, e.g. play with Apple QuickTime, edit WMV in iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, or put them on iPod, iPhone, iPad, HTC, Samsung to enjoy on the go, you need to convert them to its compatible formats first. Here, a solid and easy to use Video Converter for Mac is introduced. With it, you can convert virtually any video and audio to your desired video formats or configured presets for various devices directly.
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Convert WMV on Mac (Mountain Lion, Lion included) is quite easy with this video converter for mac, just 3 simple steps: import your WMV files, choose your desired output format, and then hit Start button to let this smart program do the rest. For more details, please refer to convert wmv mac >>
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- Converts virtually all video and audio formats at high speed and excellent quality. Enjoy the ultimate compatibility with PC, Mobile Phones, and tablets.
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Flip4Mac is a free QuickTime plug-in to play WMV files on Mac, developed by Telestream. With it, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a web browser (Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome).
Before intalling the flip4mac, please kindly noted that QuickTime X does not support conversion using third-party plug-ins, but you can download QuickTime 7 instead. Also, if you just upgrade from Lion to Mountain Lion, please remove the old plug-ins for QuickTime first because it might refrain QuickTime from using the new plug-in to play WMV files correctly.
If this solution is not workable for you, you can also try some universal players like VLC, Mplayer, etc. They're both free, and works much like QuickTime. Besides WMV player, they can also play other video formats that failed with QuickTime, like AVI, MKV, 3GP, ASF, MTS, etc. and even DVDs.