Playing Video Files

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bobbytoad, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Bobbytoad macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
    Ok a Mac noobie question.

    How do I play video files i've accumulated over the ages (while being a FORMER PC user on my new iMac), I'm surprised to see how few/none I can play, whereas Windows Media Player for all its faults used to play anything I threw at it?

    I'm struggling with .WMV and .MTS files from my camcorder for starters :(

  2. xpipe macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2008
    Here are some ideas for starters: you can use VLC, a popular media player which handles many formats. Movist is another that many like. You could also install Flip4Mac which allows you to view .wmv files in QuickTime.
  3. Bobbytoad thread starter macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
  4. MacHamster68, Dec 15, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    and there is a wm player for mac

    but here are all you might need

    but i would try to get a converter and convert all these wmv files and others you got into avi's, just a better format and saves changing players for every file you want to play, at least i prefer to
    have all video files i got on my computer in one format instead of having to think about " which player do i need for ....and which player is best for ...." because for example in vlc player you can change between 4:3 and 16:9 and 16:10 too
    here a wmv to avi concverter :
  5. pcfarrar macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2010
  6. Rodus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    Seconded for Perian, for a new user it's the easiest way to go as it'll give Quicktime far more capabilities.

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