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What is WMV – Windows Media Video – video Format

WMV, namely Windows Media Video is a video compression format for several proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft. Windows Media Video (WMV) is the most recognized video format within the WMV family. Usage of the term WMV often refers to the Microsoft Windows Media Video codec only.

A WMV file is in most circumstances encapsulated in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format. The file extension .WMV typically describes ASF files that use Windows Media Video codecs. The audio codec used in conjunction with Windows Media Video is typically some version of Windows Media Audio, or in rare cases, the deprecated Sipro audio codec. Although WMV is generally packed into the ASF container format, it can also be put into the Matroska or AVI container format. The resulting files have the .MKV and .AVI file extensions, respectively.

WMV Supported Mobile Players

Software that can play WMV files includes Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, MPlayer, The KMPlayer, Media Player Classic and VLC Media Player. The Microsoft Zune media management software supports the WMV codec, but uses a Zune-specific variation of Windows Media DRM which is used by PlaysForSure. Many third-party players exist for various platforms such as Linux that use the FFmpeg implementation of the WMV codecs.

On the Macintosh platform, Microsoft released a PowerPC version of Windows Media Player for Mac OS X in 2003, but further development of the software has ceased. Microsoft currently endorses the 3rd party Flip4Mac WMV, a QuickTime Component which allows Macintosh users to play WMV files in any player that uses the QuickTime framework, free of charge to view files but chargeable to convert formats. The WMV installer is bundled with Microsoft Silverlight by default, installation without Silverlight can be accomplished with a “Custom” install. According to the Flip4Mac website, WMV files with DRM encryption are not compatible with the component.

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