Playing PC WMVs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brand.new, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. brand.new macrumors newbie

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    I have movies that are wmv files for pc only.
    is there anyway i can convert them and get them to play on my powerbook g4?
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    My understanding is that Flip4Mac will only play WMVs up to WMP9? If your files are WMP10 or 11, then I don't think Flip4Mac will handle them correctly; so, be aware of that.
     
  3. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    I have found that many movies that don't play in Flip4Mac or in Windows Media Player for OS X will indeed run in VLC

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
     
  4. brand.new thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have flip and vlc, flip wouldnt open the file and vlc played it but it was all distorted and i couldnt see anything. I checked and found out you need wmp 10 or higher so i guess im S.O.L...thanks for the quick responses...if you have any other ideas let me know.
     
  5. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    My only other thought would be to get Virtual PC, install Windows XP, and WMP 10. I have parallels set up on my Intel iMac just for this purpose.
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    u can still install windows media player for mac, its not universal, its slow, but it still works.
     
  7. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    Windows Media for Mac will only play Windows Media 9 files, so its the same boat as the other pieces of software.
     
  8. clevin macrumors G3

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    no, i have some cases where only old WMP can play while both VLC and flip4mac fail.
     
  9. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    Oh really? Wow. I'll have to try that sometime, although I haven't really dealt with wmv files often.
     
  10. brand.new thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. clevin macrumors G3

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  12. brand.new thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh yea..that was the first thing i tried..still no luck

    i tried converting to divx but that didnt work either, oh well i guess im running out of options
     

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