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How to Convert MP4 to WMV

By Lois Green, Monday July 27, 2020

If you want to edit MP4 videos using Windows Movie Maker or share MP4 videos to your webpage, you'd better convert MP4 to WMV format.

WMV is extremely widely used and well-supported by Windows-based video players, including Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One, etc. By converting MP4 to WMV, you can edit converted WMV videos on Windows Movie Maker easily.

How to Convert MP4 to WMV with Windows Media Player?

Some of you may wonder how you can convert MP4 to WMV with Windows Media Player (WMP), the built-in service on Windows operating system. In fact, WMP is merely a video player and not a video converter. It can't perform any conversion process. You can play WMV videos with WMP but you can't use it to convert video from MP4 to WMV.

Windows Media Player

To convert your MP4 file to WMV for playback, you need a professional video converter. And this article will introduce two MP4 to WMV converters and show you how to convert MP4 to WMV with the converters.

MP4 to WMV Converter for Windows & Mac

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate is one of the perfect MP4 to WMV converters that can help you not only convert video format from MP4/MPEG-4 to WMV quickly but also edit your video before converting. You are able to adjust video effects, like brightness, noise, hue, saturation and output volume, or even add watermark.

Moreover, this converter supports converting multiple videos at once. Better still, it has advanced options that allow you to customize various parameters like bit rate, frame rate, codec, channel to ensure converting video in high quality. It is accessible on Mac and PC.

Free download the trial version of this program and have a try.

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1. Import MP4 files to the program

Run the program after installation. Then, click Add Files to import MP4 files to the program. It allows you to add several MP4 files at a time and convert them in batch. If you want to merge several video clips into one, you can tick the Merge into one file option.

Import MP4 Files to Video Converter

2. Select output profile

Click Convert All to> WMV. Then, select the output format. If you want to convert MP4 files to other video formats for portable devices, but you don't know which formats your device supports, you can simply select any format in the category of your device.

Select Video Output Profile

3. Select the output path

On the Save to option of the program, select the output path where you want to save your new WMV file by clicking the Browse and Select Folder option.

4. Convert MP4 to WMV

Now simply click the Convert All button to convert MP4 video file to WMV format.

Video Conversion of MP4 to WMV

It's done! Aside from converting MP4 to WMV, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate can convert videos to a wealth of popular, supported formats. Just download it and convert videos to any format you need.

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Convert MP4 to WMV Online

If you don't want to install a new application on your computer, you can also convert MP4 to WMV online. Zamzar is an online converter that supports a wide variety of formats. 

To convert your MP4 file, simply add an MP4 file by clicking the Add Files button or drag and drop the file to the online WMV converter. You can also add an online video by entering a URL link. Then choose WMV as the output format and click Convert Now to start the conversion.

Convert MP4 To WMV Online 

Note: Zamzar isn't totally free to use. There is a maximum file upload limit of 150MB for free users.

Tip: How to convert MP4 to WMV for free over 100MB 

Using an online converter to convert MP4 videos is easy and quick. However, many online converters have a maximum file upload limit of 100MB, which means you are not able to convert large MP4 videos to WMV for free online. What's more, online conversion requires a stable and fast network connection. Otherwise, it will be time-consuming. 

If you want to convert a large MP4 file to WMV in a few minutes, you should get a professional video converter, like FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. Converting MP4 to WMV with such desktop software does not need an internet connection. And it can process a video over 100MB or even more and have it converted to WMV at a really fast speed. Apart from converting videos, some of the desktop video converters also allow you to edit and play your MP4 files.

MP4 vs WMV


As a container format, MP4 can wrap various video and audio codecs, image, and subtitles. It can be played on Windows, Mac, mobile devices and most media players due to its cross-platform compatibility. MP4 is also a lossy format. For this reason, it tends to be smaller than WMV. However, it may have incompatibility issues when the video codecs are unsupported in MP4. 

Compared to MP4, WMV, a compression format, is developed mainly to compatibly work with Microsoft programs. It is able to contain Digital Right Management Information. But it is not compatible with non-Windows software, like Mac and iOS. If you want to play WMV file on non-Windows software, you need to install plugins, like Flip4Mac.

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