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.WMV File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: Windows Media Video File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .WMV . Files with the file extension .WMV  can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .WMV  files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .WMV  file?

The WMV file extension is a video file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and compressed with Windows Media compression. It is the same as to an .ASF file and has video encoded with one of Microsoft's Windows Media Video (WMV) proprietary codec. Windows Media Audio (WMA) files are saved with a .WMA extension. Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 was the latest version of the Windows Media Player developed for Mac OS X, but Mac users can use Flip4Mac WMV, or the so-called Microsoft Windows Media Components for QuickTime, to play WMV files. WMV 9 codec holds the most significant component contained in the WMV file format, such as, non-square pixels, frame interpolation, and interlaced video, making WMV files one of the clearest among video files. It also utilized high resolutions for WMV files, ranging from 720 to 1080 pixels, with a goal of having an HD video output. The WMV Screen was the primary specialized codec for WMV files. It serves as a screen cast codec, able to capture live contents. It is also capable in converting videos from the same external programs into WMV files.

how to open a .WMV  file?

Launch a .WMV  file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .WMV  file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .WMV  files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .WMV  file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .WMV  file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .WMV file association errors

applications that open a .WMV  file

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.
Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6

Winamp Media Player 5.6 is a popular media player for Windows. This player was developed by Nullsoft and it allows users to play multimedia content such as audio and video. The software not only provides users with all the tools they need to organize their audio and video files but it also allows them to burn and rip CDs and even sync files from mobile devices. Winamp also features a playlist editor that allows users to create and manage their song lists as well as its media library effectively organizes all the audio and video files so that they can be located in one location. This software also has visualization features wherein animated graphics can be displayed along with the music being played. This media player also comes with a customizable user interface wherein users can change skins, as well as it supports not only a large number of file formats but it also supports a lot of user-developed plug ins.
VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player is a multi-media player software that is considered to be an open source and cross platform multimedia player with framework. Thus, a product that can play most of the standard files of multimedia plus CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also plays different streaming protocols, supported applications or devices and webcams. There is also the ability to play audios of various codecs even if there are no codec packs included: MPEG-2, WebM, MP3, WMV and MKV. This software works on most Windows computers, Mac OS X PCs, Linux and well as Unix. In addition, there is descryption for DVD which is executed via the libdvdcss library. It also has playback control support for all computers compatible with it using libcdio or libvcdinfo. On Mac computers, this media player can grab audios and videos from EyeTV applications and other devices that capture EyeTV data. On GNU and Linux, it supports encoding cards that are compatible with V4L2 and MPEG-2 which are Visiontech Kfir and Hauppage WinTV-PVR 250-350.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .WMV  files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .WMV . File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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