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Get the Best Flip4Mac Alternative to Play WMV Files on Mac

By Lois Green, Sunday, March 06, 2016

Flip4Mac is a trademarked brand name for Telestream, Inc.'s proprietary digital media tools for the Macintosh. It is usually used in extending QuickTime to support codecs of windows media on Mac. This "Windows Media Components for QuickTime" allows transparent playback of the most common Windows Media Video and Windows Media Audio formats on Mac OS X inside QuickTime applications and web browsers.

Telestream previously offered it as a free player while charging for their "Pro" and higher featured versions until the release of v3.3 on May 1, 2014 when they began charging for the entry level player. So Flip4Mac is not free now.

People began to find an alternative to Flip4Mac after they updated their Mac computer to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks but found that it is not fully-compatible with Flip4Mac. They found they cannot play WMV, MKV, AVI video files on Mac even with Flip4Mac installed.

If you still want to look for a Flip4Mac alternative or some other solutions in order to watch WMV and other Mac-supported videos on your Mac computer, you're in the right place. Below are two solutions which can help you watch incompatible videos on MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, etc.

Solution 1: Convert Your Video Files to QuickTime Supported Formats

To play WMV on Mac smoothly, one of the most common solutions is to convert your media files to QuickTime supported format, which are MOV or MP4. You can download and use FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate as a good alternative of Flip4Mac. FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate for Mac allows you to convert WMV and other format files like MKV, AVI, M4V, FLV, AVCHD, MTS, etc. to MOV or MP4 quickly. It can also convert video files to compatible format for portable devices, like iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone or tablets, PSP etc. Below is a quick guide on how to use this tool:

1. Download FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate, install and launch it.


2. Click "Add File" to upload the video you want to convert to the program.

Add Files

3. Click "Profile" and follow "General Video"> "MOV-QuickTime Video (*.mov)" or "General Video" > "MPEG- 4 Video (*.mp4)".

Choose MOV as Output Format

4. Choose the output folder and click "Convert" to begin convert videos to MOV or MP4.

Convert Video on Mac

Solution 2: Use VLC as an Alternative

The second solution you can try is to install a powerful media player which supports playing almost all the popular video formats on Mac. VLC media player (commonly known as VLC) is recommended here. It is a portable, free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. VLC is fully supported by Yosemite and it supports windows media on Mac. You can download it from its official site and have a try.

VLC Player


These are two suggested solutions and best Flip4Mac alternatives to use so that people can play videos in any format on their iMac or MacBook.For a simpler and more reliable way, the video converter should be the most appropriate way-out.


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