WMV stands for Windows Media Video developed by Microsoft, used for both streaming and downloading content via the Internet and played on Windows Media Player. As a common sense, Mac OS X doesn’t support WMV format. You could import WMV videos to iMovie, FCP, QuickTime, iTunes for editing or playback. So if you want to edit WMV files in iMovie or orgnize them in iTunes, you need to convert WMV and make the WMV videos friendly with iMovie, FCP or iTunes. That’s to say, you need to convert WMV to MP4 or other Apple compatible video format. This tutorial would tell you how to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac by using WMV to MP4 Converter for Mac.

Part 1: WMV vs MP4

WMV and MP4 are two popular video formats that can be applied to most media players, portable devices, and network platforms. However, many users cannot tell the differences clearly when it comes to WMV vs MP4. In this part, differences between WMV and MP4 will be listed.

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.

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 .m4p, and .m4a.

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

Since WMV is mainly playable on Windows media player but not readable by Mac QuickTime player or other Apple devices like iPhone iPad, you can rely on a video converter to convert WMV to MP4 Mac to have perfect compatibility with your iPhone 6s/6 (Plus), iPad (Air 2/Mini 4) and Apple TV 4.

Part 2: How to Convert WMV to MP4 on Mac with WMV to MP4 Converter for Mac

With a suitable WMV to MP4 Converter for Mac, you can convert WMV to MP4 on Mac in a more efficient way. Belows are two ways for you to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac. Check them out!

Way one: Convert WMV to MP4 on Mac with Leawo Video Converter for Mac

Leawo Video Converter for Mac is a professional Mac based video converter that could convert WMV videos to MP4 videos on Mac (Mavericks Included) in only a few clicks. It could easily convert your WMV videos to MP4 or other Mac compatible video formats like MOV so as to let you edit WMV videos in iMovie or FCP, play WMV videos in iTunes or QuickTime. Check the below steps to know details on how to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac.

Download and install this Mac video converter. If you are using Windows OS, you should turn to its Windows counterpart – Leawo Video Converter.

Step 1: Import source WMV videos into the converter

Launch the converter to enter the main interface, switch to “Convert” tab, and click “Add Video” button to browse and load source WMV video files into this Mac video converter

Load source WMV files

Step 2: Set MP4 as output format

Move mouse to the drop-down box right before the big green “Convert” button, click it and then select “Change” option to enter the “Profile” panel to select MP4 as output format from “Format” group.

Set MP4 as output format

Tips: If you’re an advanced user, you could click the same drop-down box and choose “Edit” to enter “Profile Settings” panel where you could customize the video and audio parameters of output files, including: video codec, audio codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, channel, etc.

Step 3: Start to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac

After setting output profile, return to the main interface and then click the big green “Convert” button to call out the output directory setting panel, where you need to set output directory in the “Save to” box. Click the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar to start to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac.

convert WMV to MP4 on Mac

Note: You could edit source WMV videos to get customized MP4 results by using the internal video editor, select and retain subtitles and audio tracks from source WMV videos, even add external subtitles as you like, convert 2D WMV videos to 3D MP4 videos, etc.

Way two: Convert WMV to MP4 on Mac with HandBrake

HandBrake, favoured as DVD ripping freeware, can also be regarded as WMV to MP4 converter, which allows you to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac with several mouse clicks. Read the following guide to learn how to convert WMV to MP4 on Mac with HandBrake.

Step 1: Free download and launch Handbrake on your Mac.

Step 2: Click “Source” button to import WMV video files.

Step 3: Hit “Browse” button and select a destination folder to save your converted MP4 video.

Step 4: In output settings, choose MP4 as output video format and then click Start button to begin converting WMV to MP4.


Part 3: Leawo Video Converter for Mac vs HandBrake

Features Leawo Video Converter for Mac HandBrake
Easy to use
Convert WMV to MP4
Supported input file formats video and audio file of various kinds such as MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, AAC, MP3, etc. Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.
Supported output file formats same as input MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
Many preset output devices
Internal video player need extra plug-ins
Add subtitle and audio track
Internal video editor
Add 3D effects to source 2D videos