Q: “Is there any way to convert a YouTube video to WMV? I know that there is various software that converts videos to any format, but I am interested in breaking apart the YouTube video into WMV. Are there any powerful and efficient video converters that convert YouTube to WMV? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.”
Usually, the YouTube video saved can’t be directly opened by Windows Media Player that generally supports WMV file. As a Windows Media Video file, WMV is compressed with one or more of Microsoft’s video compression formats. If you prefer to play YouTube videos by using Windows Media Player, you should convert YouTube WMV in the first place. But how can you convert YouTube to WMV efficiently? The helpful YouTube WMV converter would be applied. In this post, several powerful and professional YouTube to WMV converters would be strongly recommended.

Part 1: Download YouTube WMV with Leawo Video Downloader

In order to get YouTube video in WMV for playback, you’d better make use of Leawo Video Downloader which helps you download YouTube video in WMV directly. It is a top online video downloader that is designed to download videos from more than 1000 video-sharing sites including YouTube, Hulu, Dailymotion, Vimeo and Vevo, etc. Supporting videos in different resolutions, Leawo Video Downloader is the perfect choice to download HD videos from various online video sharing websites. Working perfectly as a YouTube downloader, you can download YouTube videos in 720P and 1080P resolutions in various formats available.

After downloading this video downloader from the official site, you could install it on your PC. And then follow the steps to download YouTube video in WMV in minutes.

On the other hand, ASF. Also known as Advanced Systems Format, is an extensible file format that stores synchronized multimedia data that could be delivered over a wide variety of networks and protocols. ASF files are always integrated with multiple file types including extensible media types, component download, scalable media types, author-specified stream prioritization, multiple language support and more.

Step 1. Enter YouTube website

Click on “Video Downloader” to enter the downloading module and the built-in web browser would be activated to YouTube.com by default, or you can paste the target URL in the location bar. If you want to download video from other websites, you can change the website in the settings.


Step 2. Set target destination to save the downloaded video

Click the gear icon on the top-right corner of the interface to open the settings panel. You could set the output directory under “Downloader” tab in the “Save videos to” box.


Step 3. Download YouTube video

When you open the target website of your favorite YouTube video, the video downloader will detect the downloadable sources of the target video in various formats and resolutions. You can click on the “Download” button to download the video you need.


Now you could click on “Downloading” tab to check out the video you are currently downloading, or you could click on “Downloaded” tab to check the video that has been downloaded.

Part 2: Convert YouTube WMV with Leawo Video Converter

If there is no WMV video source, the downloaded YouTube video can also be converted to WMV by using Leawo Video Converter, a powerful video converting tool that empowers you to convert videos and audios in more than 180 formats from one to another. The video converter supports a variety of video and audio files conversion combinations, including MP4 to MOV, AVI to WMV, FLV to MP3, FLAC to AAC, MP3 to AAC, etc. Besides, many portable devices are allowed to be directly set as output profile so that you could convert video files to iOS devices, Android devices and Windows devices. You could easily convert YouTube WMV video as well without any quality loss. Its built-in video editor allows you to personalize the video for output, such as merging, trimming, cropping, watermarking, adjusting video effect, applying 3D effect, etc.

You could download and install Leawo Video Converter on your PC, and then launch the program to convert YouTube to WMV in simple steps. In addition, it also has a Mac counterpart Leawo Video Converter for Mac that can work as a YouTube WMV converter on Mac. Follow the instructions below to get WMV video from your downloaded YouTube video.

Step 1: Import source YouTube video files into the program

Enter the converting module and then click on “Add Video” button to open a drop-down box to select the source YouTube video for importing. Or you can also import the YouTube video files into the program with direct drag-n-drops.

Note: You could simply click on the blue “Merge all files into one” button next to the big green “Convert” button to combine all the imported video files into one. Additionally, you could freely play the videos, add external subtitles, customize the video files via the internal video editor, etc.


Step 2. Choose WMV video as output format

After importing YouTube videos, you could open the drop-down box named “MP4 Video” by default and then choose the “Change” option to enter the “Profile” panel, where you could choose a “WMV Video” under “Common Video” group as output format.


Step 3. Set output directory and convert YouTube to WMV

Click on the big green “Convert” button to open a sidebar, and then you could set a directory in the “Save to” box for containing the converted WMV video. Finally, click on the “Convert” button at the bottom of the sidebar to start YouTube to WMV conversion.


The conversion process will be finished after a while, and you could get WMV video from YouTube video as you like. You can locate all the converted WMV files by clicking on the output file folder.

Part 3: Convert YouTube WMV with Handbrake

What’s more, Handbrake is an open-source tool available for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Working on multi-platform including Windows, Mac and Linux, you could simply use Handbrake to convert YouTube video on different platforms. It can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-Ray sources without any kind of copy protection and supports output file containers including .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV. When you install the program, follow the guide below to convert YouTube videos.


Step 1. Import the source YouTube video files to the program.
Launch HandBrake to enter the program. You could drag and drop the source YouTube file or file folder to the program. Or you can also click on “File” to open a single video file or click on “File Folder” to input one or more files.
Step 2. Choose output path and profile
At the bottom of the main interface, you can Simply click the “Browse” button to choose the output folder to store the converted files for output.
Step 3. Select the preset format for output
You simply need to select an output preset format from the preset list.  
Step 4. Start conversion
Click on the “Start” button at the top to start your conversion. The conversion process will be finished in minutes.

Part 4: Convert YouTube WMV with Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is a universal and versatile free video conversion program that converts between almost all video formats including WMV, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP, etc. With various outputs, Any Video Converter freeware can set your digital devices such as Microsoft Zune and mobile phones for output in an easy way. Moreover, it provides you with a built-in media player so that you can view the source files in this free video converter without another video player. This free software claims that there is no spyware or adware, with which you can download YouTube videos in clicks and convert YouTube videos to any format including WMV, MPG, MP4, AVI, ASF, M2TS, MP3 or other formats. Supporting batch conversion, it converts YouTube WMV in fast speed with high output quality preserved. And before conversion, you can also customize the source video as you like.

You can directly download and install the program on your computer and then you can follow the step-by-step guide below to convert YouTube to WMV.


Step 1. Import the source YouTube video files to Any Video Converter
Run Any Video Converter, and then you can enter Convert Video tab for video conversion. You can click on “Add Video(s)” button to browse and select source YouTube video files for importing. The drag-and-drop function is also supported for adding source video files.
Step 2. Select output format and output folder for saving the converted video
When the YouTube files are imported, you can open the Profile drop-down list to select WMV as output format. And then, you could go to the bottom of the interface, and choose an output folder to save the converted WMV file.
Step 3. Start converting YouTube video to WMV
Now click on the “Convert Now” option to start YouTube WMV conversion. And the conversion process will be complete after several minutes. You can feel free to open the output folder to find the converted WMV and play it back on Windows Media Player as you like.