How to Convert WMV to WAV


Both WMVs (Windows Media Videos) and WAVs (high-quality audio files) are Microsoft Windows specific files, although Mac users can also export to and from these files. VLC, free for download from VideoLan, is a powerful video player and transcoder, capable of converting audio and video files, including WMVs to WAVs. Please note that extracting and converting audio and video may result in loss of quality, due to compression standards.

Things You'll Need

  • VLC Media Player (see link in Resources)
  • Download and install VLC. Agree to the licensing terms and open.

  • Click "Media" at the top of the VLC toolbar. Select "Open File" to locate your WMV in the pop-up menu.

    Open your WMV (It will open in its own player window).

  • Click "Media." Select "Convert/Save" to find your conversion file. It should already be highlighted. If not, click the menu on the left side of your screen to locate the WMV.

    Click "Convert/Save" at the bottom of the screen.

  • Click the "File" box at the top of the "Stream Output" window. Rename your file if needed.

  • Click "Audio Codec" in the "Profile" menu. Select the "WAV" or "Uncompressed" file type.

  • Click "Save." You can watch your conversion in the VLC timeline. When the "Streaming" title turns off, your conversion is complete. Depending on your video's file size, this may take several minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • No video will accompany your output file.

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