WMV is a Windows compressed video format. There are two main reasons you may want to turn MP4 into WMV. WMV is small in size than MP4, which doesn't occupy much storage space. Plus, after upgrading OS to Windows 10, some MP4 files fail to be opened. It's easy to convert files to WMV on Windows. But, how about Mac? This post will go over how to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac.
VLC is the most popular video player that controls the playback of your video. 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:
There are many online video converter tools we can use to transcode MP4 file to WMV on Mac, and the two most popular are 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 is web-based, you can use it on Mac and Windows.
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.
There are several desktop video converters available as a free download. What differs these desktop options from the online sites 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 provide options for you to compress video files.
One of my favorite options is Cisdem Video Converter. It does not only convert MP4 to WMV, but it also converts every video format into the video format you want.
Here’s how to convert MP4 to WMV using Cisdem Video Converter:
1. Install and open Cisdem Video Converter on Mac.
2. Drag and drop to add videos to the program, you can load files in batch.
3. Choose WMV as the output format.
4. Click to start the conversion.
FFmpeg is an open-source library program commonly used by programmers. It's able to convert video and audio files, no matter in what formats. By default, it will turn MP4 into msmpeg4v3 (msmpeg4) and wmav2 (native) encoded WMV video. Simply run a command with FFmpeg, and your MP4 file will be changed quickly.
#1 Can Handbrake to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac?
No. Handbrake can merely convert video file to MP4, such as WMV to MP4, but not vice versa.
#2 How do I turn MP4 into WMV on Mac via Windows Media Player?
Microsoft has developed the Mac version of Windows Media Player. But since 2006, WMP 9 no longer offers Intel support. Mac users switched to install Flip4Mac – a component for QuickTime. Plus, even if the Mac computer still allows installing WMP, it does not support conversion.
#3 Can Windows Movie Maker change an MP4 file to WMV on Mac?
No. Microsoft never released a Mac version of Windows Movie Maker. If you are a Windows user, you can export WMV from MP4 with the software.
Above talks about 4 methods on how to convert MP4 to WMV on Mac. To mass convert MP4 videos apply x265 compression, VLC and online MP4 converters must be eliminated. Although some online tools enable bulk conversion, most of them can’t exceed 5 files. Cisdem Video Converter and FFmpeg are more powerful, but FFmpeg is not simple to operate for non-technical users.
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.