For certain reason, you may need to convert MP4 to WMV format on your Mac computer. In such circumstance, you need a Mac MP4 to WMV converter to help you do this. Here is a guide on how to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac.

Part 1: MP4 vs. WMV

What is MP4?

MP4 is short for MPEG-4 Part 14. It is a container format most commonly used to store videos and audios. Also, it can be used to store subtitles, images, etc. Like most container formats, it allows multimedia streaming over the internet. MP4 is the official filename extension for MP4 files; it is the most common format for smart phones, tablets, media players, and thousands of other devices. Other extensions include .m4a, .m4p, and .m4a.

What is WMV?

WMV is short for Windows Media Video. It is a video compression format developed by Microsoft for several proprietary codecs. Its main competitors are MPEG-4 AVC, AVS, RealVideo, and MPEG-4 ASP. WMV was originally designed for internet streaming applications. Through standardization by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), WMV 9 has gained adoption for physical-delivery formats such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

MP4 vs. WMV

MP4 WMV
Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) Microsoft
Video Formats Supported MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.263, VC-1, Dirac, others MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-4AVC/H.264, WMV-HD, WMV9
Audio Formats Supported MPEG-2/4 (HE)-AAC, MPEG-1/2 Layers I, II, III (MP3), AC-3, Apple Lossless, ALS, SLS, Vorbis, others MP3, WMA, AAC, AC3, DTS, RealAudio, PCM, etc
Media Players Supported Almost all media players Windows Media Player, Leawo Blu-ray Player, RealPlayer, MPlayer, Media Player Classic, VLC Media Player and K-Multimedia Player
Portable Devices Supported All portable devices like Apple, Android, Microsoft devices and Sony game consoles Microsoft devices, part of Android devices, and Sony game consoles; not work on Apple devices
File Size Small Even smaller than MP4 under same video quality
Pros Better in video quality than WMV; Supported by almost all OS, players & mobile devices; Commonly used for sharing video files online Smaller in file size than MP4; Compatible well with any Windows PC; The small size makes it easy for network transmission
Cons Costs more system resources when editing MP4 videos Needs plug-ins like Flip4Mac when playing WMV files on Mac; Video transmission has a delay

Part 2: Best Tool to Convert MP4 to WMV Mac

To convert MP4 to WMV Mac, I choose Leawo Video Converter for Mac as it is the best MP4 to WMV converter Mac you could ever get for this mission. It is a comprehensive Mac media converter suite that could convert videos and audios on Mac between 180+ formats, including: FLV, MP4, AVI, WMV, VOB, MKV, MOV, M4V, MPEG, M2TS, etc. It works on all modern Mac OS X operating system like 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, and 10.6 Snow Leopard. When Apple updates its operating system, Leawo updates its video converter. By the way, Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista users can go to get the Windows version, namely

Features of Leawo Video Converter for Mac:

1. This video converter can import video and audio sources in any formats, and realize mutual conversion between them with ease. You can get movies, songs and more in formats of sorts for enjoying.
2. It is the best video converter to convert 2D video to 3D with 6 different 3D effects available: Red/Cyan, Red/Green, Red/Blue, Blue/Yellow, Interleaved, Side by Side. 3D Depth is adjustable as well.
3. The video converter could convert video and audio for Apple/Android/BlackBerry/Windows Mobile/Symbian/Palm users, and more device/player/software users.
4. This video converter supports video-folder reading for batch files loading, and batch conversion feature. You can fulfill video conversion within a few simple mouse-clicks.

Part 3: How to Convert MP4 to WMV on Mac

Download and install Leawo Video Converter for Mac on your Mac computer. After the installation completes, kick off the program and start to convert MP4 to WMV Mac.

Guide on how to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac with Leawo Video Converter for Mac:

Step 1: Import source MP4 video files

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Under the “Convert” module, click the “Add Video” button or directlry drag source MP4 video files that you’ve stored on your Mac into this MP4 to WMV converter for Mac. You could get all information on the left processing list, import multiple MP4 video files for batch MP4 to WMV conversion, edit loaded MP4 video files, add 3D effect, etc.

Step 2: Set output format

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After importing source MP4 files, click the drop-down box before the big green “Convert” button and then select “Change” option to enter the Profile window for output format setting. To convert MP4 to WMV, you need to open “Format > Common Video” group to select WMV as output format.

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Optional: If you’re not satisfied with the video and audio parameters of preset output format like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, quality, frame rate, audio codec, audio quality, audio bit rate, sample rate and channel, you could reset them. After setting output format, re-open the drop-down box and then select “Edit” option to enter the Profile Settings panel. On the Profile Setting panel, you could freely set the parameters.

Step 3: Set output directory

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When all the format settings are finished, save the settings and return to the main interface. Click the big green “Convert” button on the main interface to set output directory on the popup sidebar. You could open “Save to” box to browse desired folder as output directory.

Step 4: Convert MP4 to WMV on Mac

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At last, start converting MPEG to Final Cut Pro MP4 or MOV format on Mac by clicking the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar. When the conversion is finished, you could import the converted MPEG files into Final Cut Pro (X) for editing.

Note: For Windows users, please click here to learn how to convert MP4 files to WMV format on PC easily.