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Help me play WMV on my Mac


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#1 jrb

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 03:13 AM

I have a Power Mac G4 with OS 10.3.7, 1.5 GB SDRAM and Dual 1 GHz Processors. I have downloaded Windows Media Player 9 for OS X into my Applications folder and it will not work. Every time I try to stream or download a WMV file off a website, the browser freezes (I get the spinning color wheel). This happens with Netscape and Explorer. When I try to open Windows Media Player directly, its icon simply "bounces" in my dock and never fully opens. I always have to force quit the application. I have repeatedly deleted and reinstalled Windows Media Player only to get the same results each and every time.

Am I ever going to be able to watch WMV files on my Mac? What am I doing wrong? Every FAQ page or online forum I've gone to has told me to download Windows Media Player for Mac OSX which I've already done repeatedly with no success. Please help!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 HuckerJ

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 12:21 PM

VLC comes in a Mac OS X version. The windows version plays most wmv files fine.
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#3 appleswitch

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Posted 07 April 2005 - 09:41 PM

I have VLC for OS X and It does play WMV REAL1 and QT files perfectly along with lots of third party formats, a great program. You can download It at macupdate.com

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 01:23 PM

Flip4Mac QT plugin will let you view WMV files on your Mac.

#5 danialfuller

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

Three method to solve it.

 

1. Install Flip4Mac component for QuickTime

​http://www.telestream.net/telestream-products/desktop-products.htm

 

 

2. Convert WMV files to QuickTime compatible formats

http://www.ilikemall.com/how-to/convert-wmv-to-mov-mac.html

 

3. Install Windows Media Player for Mac

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/mac/mp9/default.aspx



#6 4dude

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:55 AM

Welcome..

I was going to suggest #3 myself until i saw the date of the last reply and I DO HOPE BY NOW THEY HAVE FIXED THE ISSUE!


However this thread can be seen as a reference to someone else aslo having this issue so I do thank you my friend!

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:54 AM

There are three methods to play WMV on Mac:

 

Method One: Play WMV on Apple's computer with Windows system

Nowadays, you can install Windows operating system, XP, Vista, 7, 8 on Apple's computer, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini with Boot Camp, and this system can co-exist with the built in Mac OS X system side by side. If you start the Windows system, you can access any files in Mac Drive, and double click any WMV file in Mac system to play it.

Method Two: Convert WMV to Mac OS X System Supported Formats

However, most users of Apple's Computer only have Mac OS X system with them, how to play WMV without Windows? In this case, a highly recommended solution is to convert WMV to Mac OS X system popular formats like MP4 and MOV, etc.

Method Three: Free WMV Players on Mac OS X System

Fortunately, there are many wonderful powerful and free players for Mac system can play WMV file directly without conversion, such as Faasoft WMV Converter, VLC, MplayerX.
 



#8 tmarxmiller

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:29 AM

I've been using VLC for years and have had no problems.



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 04:57 PM

In reference to method 2, I've used cloud convert before with no problems.



#10 elevenshawn

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 12:58 AM

You can install MplayerX which supports to play wmv files. Or, you need to convert wmv to mp4 or mov for playing with QuickTime.



#11 dante12

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 10:03 AM

Try Flip4mac this works for streaming too.

 

You can install MplayerX which supports to play wmv files. Or, you need to convert wmv to mp4 or mov for playing with QuickTime.

 

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#12 yamcha

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 10:43 PM

Try DAPlayer from Digiarty, It's free and plays anything, including Bluray.



#13 BakerMelissa

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:03 PM

Mac is not compatible with WMV. You'd better convert WMV to MP4 or MOV. 

 

Then you can play it on your Mac. 






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