Windows Media Player Not Play WMV Files

Windows Media Player not play WMV files


A file with the WMV file extension is a Windows Media Video file, compressed with one or more of Microsoft's video compression formats. It's a common format used to store video in Windows. On Windows platform, the best solutions to open WMV files is Windows Media Player, however, there are still some people complain that Windows Media Player not play .wmv files just as the conditions listed below:


"My windows media player will not play .wmv files. even the sample that came with my windows. I get the following message "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file" Any thoughts Windows Media PlayerWindows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file."


"When I click the wmv file it says Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the required video codec is not installed on your computer. I have no problem playing this wmv file on my Windows XP computer but not on Windows 7."


Why fail to open WMV with Windows Media Player?


Every video format has a certain "codec" that is needed to play it. A codec is like a key or a set of instructions on how to read that type of video format. MKV, WMV, M4V, AVI (among many others) all have unique codecs. Although you are trying to play a WMV (Windows Media Video File) with Windows Media Player (WMP), it may not have the correct version of the codec or their copy of the codec may be corrupt. Also newer versions of WMP may use an updated codec that older versions do not.


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Solutions to get WMV played with Windows Media Player


To successfully play WMV files with Windows Media Player, you will need to convert the WMV file with incompatible codec to Windows Media Player native supported Windows Media formats with the file extension of .asf, .wma or .wmv.


Here, a simple to use yet powerful program called Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended to you. With this program, you can easily batch convert multiple WMV files to Windows Media Player native compatible file formats with super fast conversion speed and perfect output quality.


Besides converting WMV files for Windows Media Player, you can also use our program to do some advanced video customization work or editing work to enhance your video enjoying experience on Windows Media Player. You can flexibly adjust output video video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality. Or trim video length with only your unwanted parts to be played in Windows Media Player, crop output the black edges around the video frame, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, change output video picture effect, insert external subtitle to video, etc to produce the exact video that you want.


Step by Step to Convert WMV for Windows Media Player Playing


Step 1: Load WMV files.


Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import source WMV video files into the program.


Tips: The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can batch import multiple WMV files into the program.


Step 2: Define the output format.


Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Windows Media Player playable WMV files.


Tips: If you care much about output file quality, it would be much ideal for you to choose the "WMV3(WMV9)(*.wmv)" under "Common Video" main category which will ensure you to produce a high quality WMV files with VC-1 codec.


If you care much about conversion speed, then just choose "WMV2(WMV8)(*.wmv)" under "Common Video" main category.


Tips: Click "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.


Step 3: Edit WMV video files.


By default the Edit icon is grayed out. To activate the Edit menu, you have to select an item first. When a WMV video is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window, here, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can flip or rotate video, trim, crop, add watermark, apply special effect, edit audio or insert external.


Step 4: Begin the conversion process.


After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from WMV to Windows Media Player readable file format conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to import and play the converted files with Windows Media Player.