”Hi, I just downloaded a WMV file on my Macbook and it’s not supported by QuickTime. How can I play it on Mac OS?”

WMV, short for Windows Media Video, is the name of a series of video codec and their corresponding video coding formats developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Windows Media framework. For Mac users, WMV is not supported by QuickTime, Apple’s preloaded media player for its Mac computers. If you are a Mac user and want to know how to play WMV on Mac OS, please check out this post with solutions to this problem.

Part 1: Play WMV on Mac in QuickTime with Codec

Installing a codec pack for QuickTime media player is one of the easiest solution as to how to play WMV on Mac. It would enable QuickTime to play WMV on Mac easily. Here’s a practical codec for you to play WMV on Mac.

The Flip4Mac is a collection of QuickTime components that allow you to play, import and export Windows Media files. It can be used with most of the QuickTime related applications like QuickTime Player, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.


Part 2: Play WMV on Mac with Free WMV Player for Mac

Actually there’s an obvious solution as to how to play WMV on Mac. That is to install a Mac WMV player. There are a lot of Mac WMV player that would allow you to play WMV on Mac OS. Compared to QuickTime, a third-party Mac WMV player would serve better as a WMV player for Mac.

In the following content, a few WMV players for Mac would be listed. Check them out and see which one works better for you as a WMV player for Mac.

Leawo Free WMV Player

Leawo Free WMV Player for Mac, officially known as Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac, is an all-inclusive free Mac video player for Mac users to play videos and audios in 180+ formats on Mac. It’s the best alternative to QuickTime player in media playback. As its official name suggests, this Free WMV Player for Mac could act as region free Blu-ray player to play Blu-ray and DVD disc on Mac regardless of disc protection and region restrictions. Also, it’s free DVD player, free HD video player to play up to 4K and 1080P videos, free audio player, and free ISO player for Mac.

Nice Player

NicePlayer aims to be a multi-engine player designed for playing movies nicely for a person who likes to watch or present movies on their computer (such as the casual viewer or the video artist). This program features full-screen or borderless floating windows, convenient controls for scrubbing or queuing movies, and on-the-fly playlist creation.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the most versatile and most powerful media players out there. VLC Media Player could not just be able to play WMV files on Mac, but also open almost any other video and audio formats. It’s cross-platform compatible, quick and completely free. Overall, VLC Media Player is a great option for Mac users that have trouble on playing WMV files.

Part 3: Play WMV on Mac by Converting WMV to a QuickTime Compatible Format

Another way to play WMV on Mac is to convert WMV to a format compatible with QuickTime Player. With that being said, a powerful WMV converter for Mac to convert WMV on Mac is in order. I would recommend Leawo Video Converter for Mac to you. It’s one of the most powerful WMV converter for Mac users to convert WMV for mac


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Check out the following content to see how to convert WMV to Mac using Leawo Video Converter for Mac.

1. Open Leawo Media Prof, enter “Video Converter” section. Add files to Leawo WMV converter for Mac by clicking “Add Video” button or directly dragging the file to the interface of the converter.

Add File

2. Click the button on the left hand side of the green “Convert” button and click “Change” button on the drop-down menu to enter the format selecting panel. Choose a format that’s compatible with Quicktime, like MOV or MP4.

Choose output format

3. Click the “Edit” icon on the drop-down menu mentioned above to enter the parameters setting panel, you can adjust detailed parameters of audio and video like Video Codec, Quality, Video Size, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio, and Audio Codec, Audio Quality, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels.

Adjust parameters

4. Click the green “Convert” button to call out a side bar. Set the output directory for output file and click “Convert” button to start the conversion.

Start conversion

Check out the video below to see how to use Leawo WMV Player to convert WMV to Mac OS compatible format. The video is actually about converting videos on Windows but the steps are identical on Windows and Mac OS.