.WMV File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .WMV file extension:

  1. Windows Media Video
  2. Windows Media Video File

1. Windows Media Video

Windows Media Video

A WMV file is a video stored in the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) and compressed with Windows Media Video compression. It is meant to be played in Microsoft media players, such as Windows Media Player and Microsoft Movies & TV. WMV files may be encrypted for use with Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems.

You can open and play a WMV file in a variety of media players, including:

  • Windows Media Player (Windows)
  • Microsoft Movies & TV (Windows)
  • VideoLAN VLC media player (cross-platform)
  • Kodi (cross-platform)

Updated: December 12, 2020

2. Windows Media Video File

Windows Media Video File

A WMV file is a video file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and compressed with Windows Media compression. It contains video encoded with one of Microsoft's Windows Media Video (WMV) proprietary codecs and is similar to an .ASF file.

Updated: December 1, 2016

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