4 Ways to Convert MP4 to WMV on Mac Quickly (Big Sur Included)

Rosa Reyes
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Being able to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac and vice versa is a necessity if you want to easily edit videos in Windows Media Player. There are many ways to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac and Windows, but if you’re looking for the most straightforward option, read below.

First, we’ll walk through how you can use VLC to convert video to WMV format, and then we’ll show you some online options which also help you convert MP4 videos to the format you need. Next, we’ll show you a paid solution that uses a desktop video converter to convert MP4 to WMV with no quality loss. Finally, we’ll cover how you can convert MP4 to WMV with handbrake on Mac.

Convert MP4 to WMV with VLC

VLC is the most popular video player that is easy and free. It works both on Windows and Mac, and you probably already have VLC on your computer. To Convert videos with VLC, you have to take some uncommon steps, but they're actually really straightforward and easy to understand.

It’s worth noting that VLC is a video player, and convert is a hidden feature of it, so when converting video with VLC, you can’t choose the quality and the format is limited, you also can not choose to compress the video size.

Download VLC if you don't have it yet, and then follow these steps:

Step 1. First, open VLC on Mac/Windows. Click on “File” at the menu bar and scroll to “Convert/Stream” option.

Step 2. Add the video files to the window that appears and in choose profile select the “WMV” option. Next, you have to click on “Browse” and choose a destination to save your file.

Step 3. Click on the Save button to activate MP4 to WMV conversion immediately.

Use Online Site to Convert MP4 to WMV

There are many online video converter tools we can use to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac and Windows, and the two most popular on CloudConvert and Zamzar, here we’ll show you how to convert MP4 to WMV online with the two online sites.


CloudConvert supports many popular file formats, it also comes with a solution to automatically save files to your email, Dropbox, and Google Drive accounts. Since it’s Web-based, you can use it on both Mac and Windows.

Step 1: Open the CloudConvert homepage https://cloudconvert.com/. Then add your MP4 files with the select file option.

Step 2: Once you add the video, it will change to another page, and on this page choose WMV from the drop-down list next to the file’s name. and you can set how you like to receive your files and where to save your files.

Step 3: After you have done all the settings, click “Start Conversion” button to begin the process.


Zamzar is a very popular online video converter site, it supports almost all the popular video formats, and its converting speed is very quick. Besides convert video, it also supports converting file formats like converting PDF to Word, PDF to JPG, etc.

Step 1: Go to the official website on Zamzar https://www.zamzar.com/.

Step 2: Click “Add Files” button to add the MP4 video you need to convert.

Step 3: Click “Choose format” and select WMV as the output format.

Step 4: Click “Convert Now” to start the video conversion. You can choose to receive your video by email.

Use Video Converter to Convert MP4 to WMV in High Quality

There are several desktop video converters available as a free download. What differs these desktop options with the online site is that desktop tools can process videos faster and you can add batches of videos for converting, also the quality is much better than online site. Some desktop tools also provides options for you to compress video files. One of my favorite options is Cisdem Video Converter. Cisdem Video Converter not only converts MP4 to WMV, but it also converts every video format into video format you want.

Here’s how to convert MP4 to WMV using Cisdem Video Converter:

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem Video Converter on Mac.

Step 2. Drag and drop to add videos to the program, you can load files in batch.

Step 3. Choose WMV as the output format.

Step 4. Click start to start the conversion.

Use freeware Handbrake to Convert MP4 to WMV

Handbrake is the option that recommends by many Mac users, it is open source and totally free to use. Use handbrake one can also easily convert MP4 to WMV.

1. Download and install Handbrake on Mac, it is totally free.

2. Open the HandBrake program on your desktop.

3. Click 'Source' to add a video such as MP4 to Handbrake. It only allows you to add video one by one.

4. In the output settings, set the format as you want.

5. Choose the destination folder. This is where the converted video files are stored in your PC's hard drive.

6. Click on the Start button at the top of the program window to start the conversion process.

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Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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