- Type: Windows Media Video Files
- Extension: .WMV
What is a .WMV Files
WMV stands for Windows Media Video and it is a video file format that has been developed by Microsoft Corporation and is a proprietary video format.
The WMV format has been based on Microsoft’s Advanced Systems Format or ASF format container and it compresses videos with the help of Windows Media Compression. Essentially .ASF files are the encoding that the video files use in the Windows Media Video format files.
The WMV video compression is a very crude compression technique being a completely proprietary compression algorithm. It is not easily convertible to other video formats.
However it is possible to do so and there are softwares available that do that.
How to Open WMV Files
You can play this video format in your computer or mobile device with the programs mentioned below. You will have to download the program and then launch it.
- Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin,
- Roxio Easy Media Creator,
- CyberLink PowerDirector,
- CyberLink PowerDVD,
- Microsoft’s Windows Media Player