WMV File Type- The quick facts
What are WMV files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a WMV file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a WMV file?
A .WMV file is a Windows Media Video file.
WMV stands for Windows Media Video. A .wmv file is a compressed video format developed by Microsoft for Internet streaming applications.
Many of the videos and movies that are found online are in .wmv format. This type of file allows for large files to be converted into smaller files while still protecting the quality of the video. This keeps the file size manageable without sacrificing picture clarity.
When a .wmv file is played it is decompressed by the video player while it is being played back on your computer.
While .wmv files are readable by most media players, the files can be converted to other formats if necessary. If you do convert a .wmv file to another file format, however, there is a chance that picture quality may be compromised.
How to open WMV files
We have identified 2 WMV openers that are compatible with this specific type of WMV file.
Programs that open Windows Media Video files
Last updated: March 13, 2022
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of WMV files. Remember, different programs may use WMV files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Final Media Player||User submitted|
|Free File Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Sound Editor||User submitted|
|Any Video Converter||User submitted|
|WavePad Audio-Editor||User submitted|
|Switch Sound File Converter||User submitted|
|VLC Media Player||User submitted|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||User submitted|
|GOM Player||User submitted|
|Photo Gallery||User submitted|
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