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format file wmv

What is a wmv file and how do I open a wmv file?

The WMV file extension is a video file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and compressed with Windows Media compression. It is the same as to an .ASF file and has video encoded with one of Microsoft's Windows Media Video (WMV) proprietary codec. Windows Media Audio (WMA) files are saved with a .WMA extension. Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 was the latest version of the Windows Media Player developed for Mac OS X, but Mac users can use Flip4Mac WMV, or the so-called Microsoft Windows Media Components for QuickTime, to play WMV files. WMV 9 codec holds the most significant component contained in the WMV file format, such as, non-square pixels, frame interpolation, and interlaced video, making WMV files one of the clearest among video files. It also utilized high resolutions for WMV files, ranging from 720 to 1080 pixels, with a goal of having an HD video output. The WMV Screen was the primary specialized codec for WMV files. It serves as a screen cast codec, able to capture live contents. It is also capable in converting videos from the same external programs into WMV files.

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Detail wmv file extension information:
File Type: wmv
File Format: Windows Media Video File
Primary Association: Digital Video Files
Mime Type: video/x-ms-wmv