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How to convert WMV to MOV on PC and Mac with Movavi Video Converter

Ben Jacklin Edited by Ben Jacklin

Hundreds of millions of people all over the world use Windows as their main operating system. So Windows-related formats are very popular, especially WMV, which is used for storing video. It was introduced in 1999 and has been widely used ever since. If you only use Windows-based devices, WMV is probably fine for you, but if you own an iPhone or a Mac, you’ll need to transfer your WMV video files to a format supported by Apple devices such as MOV. But it is an easy task with the right software, like Movavi’s WMV-to-MOV converter.

Here, you’ll learn to convert .wmv to QuickTime using Movavi software and also learn about the differences between WMV and MOV formats.

How to convert .wmv to .mov

Movavi Video Converter is easy to master, even for beginners. It supports many video, audio, and image formats, and can even handle simple video editing before conversion if needed. Use the guide below to convert WMV to MOV.

Step 1. Install and run the program

Download Movavi Video Converter using the appropriate button on this page (PC or Mac). Double-click the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions. Launch the program to start converting .wmv to .mov.

Step 2. Add your WMVs

Unlike many WMV-to-MOV converters online, Movavi Video Converter supports batch conversions. You can drag your file or multiple files into the program window. Alternatively, you can use the Add Media button and choose Add video. Select your clips or movies and hit Open.

Step 3. Choose MOV as the output format

Go to the Video tab. You’ll see a row of square buttons with a preset group name on each. Find the MOV one and click it. Choose the option that suits you best. After that, you are ready to convert WMV to QuickTime (MOV).

Step 4. Transfer your files from WMV to MOV

If you want to change the folder where your videos will be saved after being transcoded, hit the Save to button and choose the new destination for the output files. Click Convert. The progress bar at the bottom will show you the remaining conversion time. Now you know how to convert WMV to MOV on a PC.

WMV vs. MOV comparison

WMV and MOV share their functions but for different operating systems. The choice depends on which system you generally use, but if you have both Windows and Mac, consider checking this short table showing our WMV vs. MOV comparison.

Comparison parameter

WMV

MOV

File extension

.wmv, .asf

.mov, .qt

Developer

Microsoft

Apple

Codecs used

WMV 7-9.1, MPEG-4

H.264, MPEG-4, MJPEG, AIC, ProRes, Sorenson 1/3, PNG, CineForm

Compression

Lossy

Lossy

Frequently asked questions

How do I convert WMV to MOV on Windows 10/8/7?

If you need to convert WMV to QuickTime there are plenty of programs out there. We recommend using Movavi Video Converter. Simply download a trial version of this WMV-to-MOV converter for free and follow the instructions below.

Download Movavi Video Converter

  1. Install the program and launch it.

  2. Click Add Media and then – Add video to import WMV files for conversion.

  3. Open the Video tab. Click MOV and choose the appropriate preset to set MOV as the output format.

  4. Convert WMV file to MOV.

How do I convert WMV to MOV on a Mac?

There are many video converters for Mac out there. We recommend using Movavi Video Converter. Download a trial version of the program and follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and install Movavi Video Converter for Mac.
    Download Movavi Video Converter for Mac

  2. Launch the program. Click Add Media and then – Add video to upload WMV files for conversion.

  3. Under the Video tab click MOV and choose the appropriate preset to set MOV as the output format.

  4. Convert WMV to MOV on Mac.

How do I convert .wmv to .mov with VLC?

If you want to change WMV to MOV for free try using VLC. This media player and WMV-to-MOV converter is free for download.

Go to the VLC download page

  1. Launch VLC Media Player, open the Media menu and select Convert/Save.

  2. Click Add and choose the WMV file for conversion, then click Convert/Save.

  3. Click the Settings icon to open the Profile edition window. In the window that opens, rename the video and then check MP4/MOV as the output format. Click Create.

  4. Finally, hit the Browse button to choose a destination and click Start to begin converting WMV to QuickTime (MOV).

How do I convert a WMV file to MOV for iMovie?

Since iMovie doesn’t support WMV format, you’ll need to change WMV to MOV or any other iMovie-compatible format. We recommend using Movavi Video Converter to change a WMV file to a QuickTime movie.

  1. Install Movavi Video Converter.

  2. Launch the program. Click Add Media and then – Add video to upload WMV files for conversion.

  3. Under the Video tab click MOV and choose the appropriate preset to set MOV as the output format.

  4. Click the Convert button.


After converting WMV to QuickTime (MOV), import the transcoded file to iMovie.

How do I play WMV on Mac?

macOS’s default player doesn’t support the WMV format, so you’ll need to either add the free Flip4Mac plug-in to QuickTime Player, or use a third-party media player such as VLC. There’s also an option to convert WMV to MOV online or with a desktop program such as Movavi Video Converter.

Is MOV compatible with Windows?

Although MOV is a format developed by Apple for their devices, Windows Media Player 12 or above provides native support for MOV files. Windows XP and Vista don’t support Windows Media Player 12, so you’ll need to use third-party software such as VLC to play MOV files on Windows.

Does Windows Media Player support MOV files?

Since its 12 version, Windows Media Player has a native support for MOV video. Previous versions of Windows Media Player can’t play MOV, so you’ll need to install a third-party media player to be able to open MOV files on Windows.

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