WMV File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a WMV file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .WMV 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
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension WMV for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different WMV openers which you will find listed below.
Suggest another file format using extension WMV
While we know of one file format using the .WMV file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .WMV file.
Various viewers for this file format
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 Viewer||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|
|VideoLAN VLC media player||User submitted|
|Microsoft Windows Media Player||User submitted|
|Photo Gallery||User submitted|