How to Convert WMV Files to an Apple Format

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The WMV (Windows Media Video) file format is the propriety video type for Microsoft's Windows Media Player (fileinfo.com). Unsurprisingly, this Microsoft product isn't perfectly compatible with Apple computers. Quicktime, Apple's own video software, has its own video file format, called MOV. Converting your WMV files into MOV files will make viewing them much easier on your Apple.

  • Direct your web browser, such as Apple's Safari or Mozilla's Firefox, to an online file conversion page. Media-convert is one such site that allows users to convert a variety of different file types including a wide selection of video files; WMV and MOV happen to be two of the supported types.

  • Click the grey "Choose File" button in the upper left corner of the page. In the popup window, pick WMV as the original video file you want to convert into a MOV. Media-convert allows you to select from over 20 video file types, including AVI, MPEG and FLV. Press "Enter" to make your selection.

  • Choose WMV as the Input type for the file you've selected, which you can find directly to the right of the "Choose File" button. Media-convert should automatically understand that you've picked a WMV, but reselect the file type from the menu to make sure.

  • Pick "MAC" for your audio output in the drop down window, which is located on the left of the page. To the right, select MOV as your video file type from the second drop down menu.

  • Select "Go" on the right side of the page once you've chosen your preferences. The blue conversion bar will begin to fill as the file converts from a WMV into a MOV. Once the conversion process is complete, your MOV file will appear on your desktop.

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