Virtually all devices and player apps that can read WMV video files are MP4 supportive. Then why some people still bother converting MP4 to WMV? Exceptions happen now and then. And here are some exceptional cases:
I would like to view my video files, most MP4 files, at work. However I cannot load ANY software on our network computer. It runs Windows 7 professional, and is barebones with most programs disabled. However, I CAN view wmv files, but not MP4.
I was thinking of trying to convert MP4 and M4V videos (with DRM protections) to wmv videos so that they play better on Windows OS. I'd like to do this with as little quality loss as possible, rather than re-encode them which I could do in HandBrake.
Somehow, you may have noticed that most video files on your windows computer are ended with .wmv. What is WMV? WMV is a standard definition or compressed video file format or several proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft.
WMV is extremely widely used and accepted by Windows based video player, including Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Phone, Surface tablet, Xbox One, ZEN, etc. Moreover, if you want to convert MP4 to WMV for editing, since WMV is compatible with many video editors like Windows Movie Maker, you'll need a video converter or transcoder. In the following part, we will introduce a free MP4 to WMV converter and explain how to convert MP4 to WMV format without quality loss for free.
Generally, the video conversion routine goes like: input source video -> Decode -> YUV -> Re-encode -> Output target video. But it is a lossy compression process. To realize a completely quality-lossless video format transmission, you'd make sure the input and output are with the codec unchanged. Video passthrough is the technology.
The only thing you need is to download a MP4 to WMV video converter, which can easily help you to convert MP4 video to WMV format. WinX Video Converter is your best choice. This program is pretty handy. It enables you to convert a large MP4 file to a much smaller WMV file so that you can easily play it on most Microsoft players and devices or edit it through Windows Movie Maker.
Steps to Convert MP4 to WMV Format with Free WinX Video Converter
Some users might hold the viewpoint that freeware is not trustable. But the freeware WinX Video Converter is a 100% clean and free MP4 to WMV video conversion tool that contains no annoying adware, virus and spyware at all. It enables user to fast convert MP4 to WMV with high quality and great stability. Below are the steps for free converting MP4 video to WMV format.
Step 1 - Import MP4 Video
Install and run WinX Free Video Converter. Then click "+ Video" button to import the source MP4 video. You can load several MP4 videos to convert at a time, because WinX Video Converter supports batch conversion.
Step 2 - Set WMV as Output Format
After the MP4 video loaded completely into the tool, an output profile window will pop up soon, where you can choose "WMV Video" as the target video format at "PC General Video" category.
Step 4 - Select the Destination Folder
Simply click "Browse" button to select the destination folder for MP4 file saving.
Step 5 - Press "RUN" Button to Free Convert MP4 to WMV
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Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.