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Opening wmv files

Have a problem opening a .wmv file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what wmv files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .WMV file type?

A file with the .wmv extension is a compressed video file encoded with the help of a Microsoft's proprietary codec. It enables storing and sharing of movies and clips without hurting their quality. The WMV format has a long and successful history - the first codec was developed in 1999.

The majority of .wmv files are packed into an .asf container. The resulting package can be labeled with either .wmv or .asf extension. The ASF container can optionally implement digital rights management system to prevent piracy and unauthorized distribution.

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Software to open or convert WMV files

You can open wmv files with the following programs: