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QuickTime Player Can't Load WMV? Top Ways to Play WMV on Mac

In the past years, Microsoft and Apple had always been using the tit-for-tat strategy to muffle each other's thunder. In the digital video format battlefield, Microsoft developed exclusive WMV format while Apple created MOV format as a response.

For our ordinary users, business war between Microsoft and Apple is none of our business. When Apple QuickTime player won't open Microsoft WMV files on Mac, that's our business and we ought to act up - try the below top ways to conveniently playback WMV anywhere anytime!

[Best Way] Free Convert WMV to QuickTime MOV for Playback on Mac/iOS/iMovie

Download WinX Video Converter to free decode WMV video to QuickTime MOV format, as well as MP4, MOV, H264, HEVC, etc. Mac, iPhone iPad, iMovie, Apple TV supported formats. Thus, your WMV video can be viewable on any Apple platform and device with no hassle.

There's more to it than meets the eye. This WMV converter for Mac also supports you to convert any video to 200+ formats and free download video movie from YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, Facebook, Dailymotion, etc. 1000+ sites for offline playback on MacBook/iMac/Mac Mini.

How to Free Transcode WMV to QuickTime MOV

Step 1. Download and install WinX Video Converter on your desktop. Click "Video" button to load WMV files after software launching.

Step 2. Choose MOV from the pop-up Window. Scroll down to "Mac General Video" under "Common Video Profile" to opt for MOV video. Or move cursor to "Apple Device" under Device Profile, select "to iPhone Video", "to iPad Video", "to Apple TV Video", "to iMovie Video"...based on the device and platform you're running.

convert WMV to QT MOV with 3 steps
convert WMV to QT MOV with 3 steps

Optional: if you need to do some adjustments on parameter settings, tap setting icon on the main panel. Afterwards, change video resolution, lower bit rate/frame rate, adjust aspect ratio, tweak audio channel, audio codec, etc. all on your disposal.

Step 3. Click "Browse" button to choose the destination folder for output video storage. Then click "RUN" button to begin converting WMV to QuickTime MOV format at GPU hardware accelerated speed, up to 320FPS.

Video Tutorial: How to Decode WMV to QT MOV for Smooth Playing on Mac

[2nd Option] Download Windows Media Components for QuickTime

When you hunt for ideas to make WMV playable on Mac, a must-have choice appearing on your radar is Windows media components - Flip4Mac. It's no exaggeration to say that Flip4Mac used to be the most popular way in handling WMV on Mac playback matter. However, that's not the case nowadays. Flip4Mac sales and support have been unavailable years ago. Instead, its replacement called Switch (an all-sided player and encoder) is highly recommended by its company Telestream to play WMV on Mac without using QuickTime.

Play WMV on Mac with Switch
Play WMV on Mac with Switch

Switch is a paid WMV player, priced at affordable $9.99 and then you can enjoy another impressive feature - inspect. It offers you with frame-accurate playback of all your WMV videos, demonstrate all the detailed info in a clutter-free, well-organized interface. Other settings concerning video like metadata, bit rate, video/audio codec, loudness level are also covered. If there's something wrong with your input file, it will auto correct it and export a new file for you. Have a try if your budget is adequate.

[3rd Option] Play WMV on Mac Using 5KPlayer

5KPlayer claim to fame is that it can free play WMV video on Mac (Big Sur incl.) smoothly, even with 1080p full HD, 2.7K and 4K 2160p. That attributes to its advanced Intel/Nvidia/AMD GPU hardware decoding. Thus, you can use it to play WMV, as well as MP4, MKV, AVCHD, MPEG, etc. at compute-intensive HEVC codec 4K 30/50/60FPS without video choppy playback, video freezing, only audio no video errors.

Watch hi-def WMV on Mac with 5KPlayer
Watch hi-def WMV on Mac with 5KPlayer

On top of this, 5KPlayer is a powerhouse with video downloading feature (1000+ sites supported) and wireless streaming (AirPlay, DLNA) available. Thus, you can easily watch WMV on your bigger yet sharper screen Apple TV or other DLNA-supported smart TVs with better video/movie visual experience.

Download 5KPlayer for macOS (Big Sur)


author - Kaley Torres

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Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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