how to open wmv file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cloudsfromiowa, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I get an email with a "wmv" file, I cannot open it and cannot figure out which application to choose to do so...any ideas out there for me?
    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Try Flip4Mac, an old copy of the no longer supported Windows Media Player for Mac (If you can find it) or a copy of VLC (Video Lan Client) ought to help.
     
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    psychofreak

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    You can use Flip4Mac to open them in Quicktime...if you don't have that, you probably don't have Perian, I recommend that as it allows you to play a variety of files in Quicktime :)
     
  4. macrumors P6

    ~Shard~

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    VLC is a great media player in general, but WMV files are one of the few formats it seems to have difficulties with.

    Instead, try Flip4Mac and/or Perian. :cool:
     
  5. macrumors 6502

    MorzillA

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    OK wait a minute I downloaded WMP 9 for Mac not too long ago....ok the beginging of the month and I have had no problems playing any WMV and or related files.
    When did MS drop the support for WMP?! and no :mad: I'm not advocating WMP over Flip4Mac. I'm just concerned due to the fact that I am still running Panther with out any difficulties at all....

    Thank you for all the nagging, bit***ng, and nasty comments I'll be getting :)


    :apple:
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Check out this page at Microsoft.

    As for VLC playing WMV files, I've had pretty good experiences, but with a limited number of files.

    Perian is good too. Forgot 'bout that one.
     
  7. macrumors P6

    ~Shard~

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    I wasn't aware MS was discontinuing support for WMP for Mac myself, although I have heard it mentioned from time to time here on MacRumors.

    Edit: Thanks for the link, now I have proof! ;)


    Regardless, Perian and Flip4Mac are both UB and will run on Panther systems just fine, so don't worry about using them - I am a fellow Panther user as well. ;) I'd recommend just removing WMP and using these tools instead, but if there is something specific you require WMP (or if you simply prefer its interface/performance) then by all means stick with it and do as you like. :)
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    On January 12, 2006 Microsoft announced it had ceased development of Windows Media Player for Mac. However no significant updates were made to it since 11/2003.
     
  9. macrumors Core

    MacNut

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    WMP still works just because it was discontinued doesn't mean you can't still get it.
     
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    ~Shard~

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    Yes, but WMP is made by Microsoft and Perian and Flip4Mac are so much better... :p ;) :D
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. The page I linked to contained instructions to download it.

    On the other hand, when a product vendor tries to convince me to
    *not* use their product, I tend to listen to them.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

    MorzillA

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    Note: Flip4Mac does not support content that is protected with Windows Media digital rights management (DRM).

    And this would mean?!



    ~Shard~, and here I thought I was the only H.O.M.O. living under a Mac rock! :D

    No, no, no, Since MS wont be doing any suport for its WMP4MAC I don't want it [wmp] to do some sort of MS freak out and kill my G4!......I'll look into F4M, might need to clear some HD space :(

    Tya'll for the comments and the shoulder :)

    Now does any one have free Mac goodies that they don't want anymore......ohhhhh gee i dunno :rolleyes: a MBP would be nice LOL :D J/K

    Thanks once again!!!
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok...thanks! I went to "flip4mac" and can FINALLY see the emails that everyone feels compelled to forward to me...I know that any problems I have I can just jump on here and have a solution asap...you guys are great!!
     
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    MorzillA

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    awwwwww gee now i have that warm MAC feeling all over me :rolleyes:

    No, sadly today was a drug free friday :( so yeah more sarcasm ;)
     

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