Playing .WMV on mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ckesten, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. ckesten macrumors regular

    ckesten

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    Is there a way to play .wmv files on a mac? is there an add on i need?

    I need to be pointed in the right direction on this one

    thank you
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Install the Flip4Mac QuickTime components.

    Whilst you're at it install Perian to give you playback of most formats...
     
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Better yet, use both. Flip4Mac and Perian for most stuff, VLC for those oddball formats that work with neither.
     
  5. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    flip4mac works well..
    ms has windows media player avail for osx...
    vlc does a pretty good job as well...

    question: my school broadcasts lectures with drm... does anyone know how to watch drm files on osx?
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    WMV with MS DRM? There is no player. Ask Microsoft for one, or ask your school to implement an open standard.
     
  7. 01jamcon macrumors 6502a

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    Sadly, the only option is quite expensive, but using vmware fusion or parallels, you can run windows inside osx to watch the videos.
     
  8. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    and if you have an external HDD and wish to start an iTunes Movie Library like I do

    (I keep music on Internal)

    Quit iTunes, Re-open it while holding "Option" This will prompt to use existing Library, or create new one. If you create a new one on the external, you'll be brought to that empty library to start adding movies.

    .wmv
    .avi
    .flv

    these are some that don't work in iTunes -- to make it work, Convert them using third party apps like iSquint.

    If you wish to return to music library, quit iTunes, re-open (while holding "option" )

    This time select an existing library file >home folder>music>iTunes

    I made alias's for my two libraries, and placed them in one folder for easy access.
     
  9. nanvinnie macrumors regular

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    fortunately i do have vmware fusion... but was wondering if there was a way to just watch it in leopard...
     
  10. The General macrumors 601

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    Go to your scool and complain. There's no reason for a school to DRMify a lecture. That is just ridiculous.
     

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