How To View WMVs on a Mac

Someone sent us a link to an WMV video sample the other day and the technician was unable to view the file on his iMac workstation until the correct driver had been installed. As this is probably a common occurrence for new Mac converts, this post shows you how to view WMV files on a Mac

What To Do
To ensure that you can play WMV video files on your Mac, install one of the players or components listed below. We are using Flip4Mac™, also known as Windows Media® for QuickTime, which allows you to play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.

How To Install Flip4Mac™

  • Download the component from one of the Flip4Mac™ sources listed below
  • If the file does not open automatically, double click it to mount the disk image
  • Click the Flip4Mac WMV.mpkg file to run the installer
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to finish installation

You may need to restart any QuickTime-based applications, but now your Mac can view WMV files.

If you are looking for an alternative way to do this, check out Mediacoder from SourceForge or MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5. Whichever way you chose, you can now brows WMVs on a Mac and open them like all other Video files.