“Does anyone know how to convert a quicktime .mov file to play on a windows media player? What file type should I convert to? WMV, AVI, ASF? Thanks in advace.”

I found this question from Apple Support Communities. It seems that many people have ever run into the situation where they are using some Windows-based programs that have no support for QuickTime .mov files. So if you need to play QuickTime MOV files on Windows Media Player, or edit QuickTime MOV files on Windows Movie Maker, etc. you have to convert those QuickTime files to a format compatible with all Windows programs. Undoubtedly, WMV is the best choice.

Part 1: Convert MOV to WMV with VLC Media Player

Not only is VLC a media player to be used to play back media files, but it can well play the role of a free video converter. Here we talk about converting MOV to WMV with VLC Media Player. Before we convert MOV to WMV with VLC Media Player, we need to bear in mind that the conversion from MOV to WMV with VLC can only be done on a PC as Macs don’t have the correct codec.

Guide on how to convert MOV to WMV with VLC media player:


Step 1: Open VLC on your PC to enter the main interface where you need to click “Media” and then choose “Convert/Save” to pop up a “Open Media” window.


Step 2: On “Open Media” window, click “Add…” to browse and import source MOV video file into the converting list, and click “Convert/Save” at the botton to pop up a “Convert” window.


Step 3: On “Convert” window, choose WMV as output profile and select a destination file to contain the converted file under “Browse” button. When choosing a destination file, you are required to name the output file as well.

Part 2: Convert MOV to WMV with MOV to WMV Converter

In addition to VLC Media Player, you can make good use of a professional MOV to WMV converter to convert MOV to WMV free. For example, you can use Leawo Video Converter to convert MOV to WMV file. This professional video converter could act as a MOV to WMV converter for converting MOV to WMV. Besides, it offers you solutions to convert videos between 180+ formats for free, so you can make full use of your video files.

Before I share the detailed steps to convert MOV to WMV with you, please download and install Leawo MOV to WMV converter via the link below. You can also download MOV to WMV Converter for Mac to help you convert MOV to WMV on Mac easily.

Guide on how to convert MOV to WMV with Leawo Video Converter:

Step 1: Import source MOV file


When entering the main interface of the MOV to WMV Converter, you can import your QuickTime MOV files in 2 ways: directly drag and drop or click the “Add Video” button on program toolbar. The converter lets you add multiple MOV files at a time and convert them in batch.

Step 2: Set WMV as output format


It’s quite easy to set WMV as the output profile. Open the drop-down box right before the big green “Convert” button and then click the “Change” button to enter the “Profile” panel, where you could select a proper profile as output format. To convert MOV to WMV, you need to choose WMV from “Format” group.


For advanced purpose, you can detail video and audio parameters such as Video Codec, Quality, Video Size, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio as well as Audio Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels, etc. by clicking the same drop-down list and then choosing “Edit” to call out “Profile Settings” panel.


Step 3: Convert MOV to WMV Free

Click on the big green “Convert” button on main interface to pop up a sidebar. On the popup sidebar, set a directory to save the output video files in the “Save to” box. Then click the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar to start converting MOV to WMV.

Part 3: Which Is Better, VLC or Leawo Video Converter?

VLC vs Leawo Video Converter

Since both programs are able to convert MOV to WMV, it is natural to ask which one is better. Well, they both perform well in converting MOV to WMV, as well as converting video and audio of other popular formats. Moreover, the video converting features in VLC media player is as good enough as Leawo Video Converter. You can even edit the video parameters like frame rate, bitrate, codecs, etc. Audio parameters are also supported. VLC media player can be a substitute for professional video converters if your needs are minimal and basic. VLC cannot convert multiple video files simultaneously. If you want to convert video files in batch, you are advised to switch to Leawo Video Converter or something like that.

Key features of VLC Media Player:


  1. It can play back all kinds of media files.
  2. It can convert video files between various formats.
  3. It is free.


It cannot support convesrion in batch.


Key features of Leawo Video Converter:


  1. It can easily convert MOV to WMV within several mouse clicks.
  2. In addition to WMV, it can convert MOV to a variety of video formats like MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, VOB, etc., and vice versa.
  3. It supports conversion in batch.
  4. It is able to extract audio from source video files such as MKV, WMV, MOV, MP4, etc. and save as MP3, AAC, WMA, etc.
  5. It allows users to edit your source video files before converting with editing features available like Trim, Crop, Effect, Watermark, and 3D.
  6. It allows users to adjust detailed video and audio parameters such as video codec, video size, bit rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, audio quality, bit rate, sample rate, channel, etc. in order to meet advanced purpose.
  7. A built-in video player help preview the source video file in a convenient way.


It is not free. For one-year version, it charges $29.95 while it costs $10 more to get a lifetime version.