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How to convert a video to WMV and back

Edited by Ben Jacklin

Windows Media Video, or WMV, is a video compression format that was developed by Microsoft. WMV files are supported on Windows, so the format is a good choice for watching videos on your PC. However, WMV is not widely supported on other platforms, so sometimes you might need to change WMV files to another format.

Below, you’ll find common problems that can be solved by conversion.

A file won’t open on your device

A common reason for this is that a device or media player doesn’t support the file format. There’s a simple solution – convert your video to a compatible format.

Not enough space for your video

If you don’t have enough storage space, you can reduce the size of your videos. Conversion apps let you change various parameters of a file to make it smaller.

No sound during playback

You may encounter this problem if the audio codec is incompatible with your player. Just convert your video to a different format and choose the right audio codec.

How to convert a video to WMV and vice versa with the Movavi converter

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Step 1. Download and install Movavi Video Converter

Download the video converter by Movavi and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. This fast and easy-to-use converting software will enable you to change video formats in no time. Convert video to WMV and vice versa with no visible loss of quality. You can also extract audio from movies and clips to save as MP3s and even resize and trim your video.

Step 2. Add a file for conversion

Click Add Media, then Add Video and add the video or videos you want to convert to WMV (or any other format). With Movavi Video Converter, you can convert your entire media library in just a couple of clicks!

Step 3. Specify the format and settings

Open the Video tab and choose the format to which you want to change your video files; you can find presets for the WMV format under the WMV category. You can further customize the preset by adjusting values like frame size and bitrate – just click the Cogwheel icon to set these.

Step 4. Convert your video file to WMV or another format

Choose the folder in which you want to place the converted files by clicking the Folder icon and hit Convert to start processing. It can take anything from one to several minutes, depending on the file size and the number of files you are converting.

Movavi Video Converter creates the new file in the selected format automatically. Once your video has been converted to WMV, the folder containing the newly converted video will open automatically.

How to use an online WMV converter

You can also convert video to WMV online. There are several conversion tools available on the Web. Here we’ll describe how to use Online Video Converter.

Open Online Video Converter

On the website, click the Add Your Media button to upload your video. Note that the file size is limited, and you can only convert one file at a time. Open the list of formats on the right, pick Video, and select WMV. Hit Convert to start the conversion process. When it’s done, click Download to save the file to your computer.

How to use a free WMV converter

Another option is to convert to WMV for free. Try the VLC media player – it’s a freeware app that lets you not only play media files but also convert them to different formats. However, the program has a few drawbacks – videos are processed rather slowly, and the app can’t handle very large files.

Download the VLC media player

Download and run the installation file, follow the on-screen instructions, and launch the program. Click Media in the upper-left corner and select the Convert / Save option. In the new dialog window, hit Add to upload the files you want to convert. Then click the Convert / Save in the lower part of the window. In the Profile section, open the list of formats and choose Video – WMV + WMA (ASF). Next, click Browse to pick the destination folder and rename the file, changing the extension to .wmv. Click Save. Now hit Start to launch the conversion.

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