This article gives you two solutions to open and play WMV files on Mac OS X including macOS Sierra, El Capitan. Learn details now.
As you see, Mac OS X doesn’t come with any software that can play WMV files. If you have got some WMV videos and want to play them on your Mac(Sierra, El Capitan included), you may be wondering how to play WMV on Mac. Well, we’ve worked out two different methods to help you open and view WMV files on Mac OS X with ease.
Method 1. Download a WMV player for Mac
The good news that here are some free WMV players for Mac that lets you watch WMV videos on Mac for free. Based on our testing and other users’ feedback, we list top 3 WMV players for Mac here.
Top 1. Flip4Mac Plugin + QuickTime
This is probably the easiest solution to watch WMV files on Mac because it enables QuickTime playback of WMV files. This plugin, created by Telestream, allows you to import, export and play Windows Media video and audio files on your Mac. The Flip4Mac WMV plug-in also works with other QuickTime based apps like iMovie and Final Cut Pro, meaning you can even edit WMV files on your Mac too.
Top 2. VLC Media Player
The most versatile player out there, VLC media players lets you play WMV files without the Flip4Mac Plugin, although it’s only a playback solution; it doesn’t let you edit WMV files in QuickTime supported apps including iMovie and Final Cut. The great thing about VLC Media Player, however, is that it’s lightweight, fast, and can handle almost any media format you throw at it.
Top 3. MPlayer OSX
This player emerged out of the Google Codes project as an attempt to create an all-round player. MPlayer OSX is a simple but powerful video player designed specifically for Mac and can handle WMV playback. It features more options and preferences than VLC Player, with the only drawback being that the first time it plays a video, it has to build a font cache, which can take a while. Luckily, it only has to be done once.
Method 2. Convert WMV to MOV for playing on Mac
Meanwhile, there are many programs can help you convert WMV to Mac friendly MOV, MP4 and M4V format. Here we recommend Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Constantly updated to fit with the latest technology, this video converting software is fully compatible with Mac’s latest macOS Sierra and can convert any video WMV, MKV, AVI, FLV, MPG, MTS, MP4, etc up to 30X faster and without quality loss. With it, you can encode any file format to Mac or any other device, editing software, and media player friendly formats. Get it now and play WMV videos on OS X or anywhere you like!
Tutorial: Convert WMV Video on Mac OS X
Step 1. Load WMV movies
Run this software and then import your WMV files onto the interface by convenient drag-and-drop feature. You can add several videos for converting at one time as this Mac video converter supports batch conversion.
Step 2. Set output format
Click on “Format” bar to select output format. Here you can choose to encode WMV to .mov, .mp4, .m4v for playing on Mac OS X Yosemite. Plus, iPad, Apple TV, iPhone, iMovie, etc preset profiles are provides as well. You can choose any output format according to your playback preference.
Step 3. Start the WMV conversion
Hit Convert on the bottom-right corner of the interface. It will start converting WMV on Mac OS X immediately. After conversion, you can play the converted WMV files on macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite without hassle.
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