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Get Windows Media Player to Play .ts Files

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This article explains how to play .TS files in Windows Media Player when you have acquired from the web. TS files are MPEG-2 video files (TS == Transport Stream), recordings of television broadcasts (in high definition). This article will cover some of the options you have for getting WMP to playback of these type of files.

What are TS files?

The TS file extension is a common one for video files that have been copied from an HDTV broadcast and then posted on the Internet. As an MPEG format, there are a variety of players and methods to play back TS files or to "convert" them to more compliant MPEG-2 files for authoring as DVD/HD DVD. MPEG-2 is the format used in the DVD-Video format and is also part of the HD DVD specification, although it has trouble competing with more compressible formats such as VC-1 and H.264/AVC (VC-1 vs. AVC). 

Windows Media Player Can’t Play TS Files

Q1: How do I get WMP 11 to play .ts files?

 I want to play .ts files through WMP 11 on my XP & Vista platforms but there seems to be a problem. It may be missing the codec for these files? WMP 12 on Windows 7 plays .ts without problems. 

Q2: Not able to add Audio_TS and Video_TS files to the Windows Media Player library

Windows media player videos not being added to library. I have windows 8.1 and cannot add certain video files to my video library. The videos files are in the format of Audio_TS and Video_TS files. The video files can be played on WMP but for some reason cannot be added to the library or playlist.

Q3: I cannot get windows media player in windows to play .ts files, yet the same program in Vista can play then ok

WMP seems to be loading the .ts file but stays in that condition with nothing actually happening

Q4: .ts file does not play in wmp without renaming to other extensions

i have some tv shows with .ts extensions. i have installed required codecs. but when i try to play these files directly in wmp, it gives an error saying file is not supported. However if play it from now playing list of WMP it plays fine. also if i rename it to some WMP supported format it plays fine. How can i make WMP play .ts file without renaming it?

You have 3 options to solve .ts to WMP issues. But before the solutions, you have to refer to some information about the multimedia file types that Windows Media Player supports here: I have extracted the important part below:

File types supported by Windows Media Player

File extension WMP 12 WMP 11 WMP 10 WMP 9 Series WMP for XP WMP 7
Windows Media formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm)
Windows Media Metafiles (.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wmx)
Windows Media Metafiles (.wpl)
Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms)
Windows Media Download Package (.wmd)
Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)
Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .m3u)
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi)
Audio Interchange File Format (.aif, .aifc, .aiff)
Sun Microsystems and NeXT (.au, .snd)
Audio for Windows (.wav)
CD Audio Track (.cda)
Indeo Video Technology (.ivf)
Windows Media Player Skins (.wmz, .wms)
QuickTime Movie file (.mov)
MP4 Audio file (.m4a)
MP4 Video file (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp)
Windows audio file (.aac, .adt, .adts)
MPEG-2 TS Video file (.m2ts)

Note Additional file formats might be supported if you install new codecs in Windows. For more information, see Codecs: frequently asked questions.

Now, you can choose any one method below to solve your "Windows Media Player Can’t Play .ts" issues.

3 Methods to Solve "not able to get WMP to play .ts files" Problems

You can get some Windows Media Player similar players on Windows that allow you to play TS files.

Top 1: VLC Media Player

The VLC package already includes software to play MPEG-2 video content and supports opening and playing .TS files directly. If you have high definition (HD) video content in .TS format, there are some reasons why you would experience choppy playback with VLC media player. One reported issue is possible video problems when High Quality Audio Resampling is set in VLC’s settings. 

To disable it, navigate to Settings –> Preferences in VLC. The Audio settings should be selected by default, however, you will have to select Advanced Settings in the lower right hand corner in order to see all the settings. Once you have done that, you will see that"High Quality Audio Resampling" is selected by default. This has been known to cause issues with playback particularly in older hardware, and at least with disabling it, it should take less processing power. 

Top 2: DirectShow players

All Windows Operating Systems come loaded with the DirectShow-based Windows Media Player. Whether or not .TS files will open directly with software such as Windows Media Player or Media Player Classic depends on whether appropriate DirectShow filters are installed. 

One of those options is the Haali Media Splitter

Top 3: MPC-HC

Media Player Classic Home Cinema(MPC-HC) is a free audio and video player for Windows. The new Media Player Classic Home Cinema has Anti tearing option, Subtitle synchronisation, Support Vista 64bits and more, Additional video decoders and in particular H.264 and VC-1 with DXVA support (see specific section for details), Better support for Windows Vista, including a release for 64 bits platform, Support for EVR renderer, Bugs and vulnerability fixes. 

You can add "codecs" which are files which are capable of encoding and decoding a stream or data signal which allow you to watch the TS file in all its HDTV glory on Windows Media Player.

Step 1. Download a codec pack which will allow you to play the TS file. The K-Lite Codec Pack, XP Codec Pack or Windows Essential Codecs Pack (see resources) are all examples of packs of codecs which will allow Windows Media Player to successfully play TS files.

Step 2. Install your codec pack by clicking "Download" on the codecs website and following the instructions to install it on your system. Click "Run" as the installation process ends to launch the program.

Step 3. Obey the instructions which appear on screen, clicking "Next" when prompted to. This will install the codecs onto your Windows Media Player and allow you to play your TS file.

Step 4. Double-click on the Windows Media Player icon to launch the media player. Click "File" then "Open." Find your TS file and double-click it. The TS file will now play successfully in Windows Media Player.

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Step 1: Add Source TS Files

Install and run Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, then Click on "File" to add source TS file(s) you are going to convert. Or go to "File" in menu list. You can add multiple files to the conversion task at one time. Then you can preview the select video in the right panel.

load TS files

Step 2. Choose WMV format

Click the “Profile” drop down list to select a proper video foramt as you want. Here you just need to hit the “Profile” box and select “HD Video” > “WMV HD” on the dropdown menu as output format. 

wmv format

Note: Video Converter provides smart Video editing features that you can trim the black edge of your movie, clip your favorite part of Video to convert, etc, just click "Edit" and "Clip" to DIY Video files

Step 3: Start TS to WMV Conversion

When everything is OK, hit “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to transcode .ts files to WMV for Windows Media Player.

How to Add items to the Windows Media Player Library?

There are several methods you can use to add files to your Player Library:

Monitoring folders: When you start the Player for the first time, it automatically searches certain default folders included in the Music, Pictures, Videos, and Recorded TV libraries on your computer. If you ever add or remove files from these media libraries, the Player will automatically update its available media files. You can also include new folders in your Windows libraries from other locations on your computer or from removable storage devices.

Add media files that you play: When you play a media file on your computer or from a removable storage device, the file is automatically included in your Player Library so you can access it directly from the Player. And if you have access to remote media files stored on other computers on your network, you can change the Player’s settings to add these remote files to your Player Library when you play them.

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Windows Media Player: Can it play FLV??

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An active web video consumer must know that almost all websites store video in the FLV format (so-called Flash Video). In spite of its growing popularity, however, FLV is not supported by most mobile devices and, even if you want to play FLV video on your PC or Mac, you would still have to install additional codecs. But for many people, they still can’t play FLV video on Windows Media Player.

To play FLV video with Windows Media Player, you have 3 options:

1. Get an .flv codec (not really recommended) Codecs from other sources can be messy.

2. Play it with VLC instead.

3. convert it to e.g. .wmv with some media file format converter.

Method 1: Install FLV Encoder in Windows Media Player

The latest versions of Windows Media Player should play Flash FLV files without any problem, but you may need to install a media decoder first. If your version of WMP doesn’t work with FLV files, try installing ffdshow.

When you open an FLV file the player may give you a warning message saying that it doesn’t recognize the file extension — click OK and play the file anyway.

Method 2. Play FLV videos with VLC

Another way to play flv on Windows Media Player, you can use the VideoLAN program, which is also known as the VLC Media Player. The VLC media player is an open source program developed by the VideoLAN organization. The VLC Media Players comes with a large library of audio and video codecs pre-installed. For some people, this option serves as an alternative to using the windows media player which needs to be manually upgraded and tweaked in order to play certain file types.

Apart from VLC, you can try other media players like:

  • 5KPlayer 
  • KMPlayer
  • Plex

Method 3: Convert FLV to Window Media Player supported videos

The ultimate way to play flv on WMP is to simply install Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Lots of users are impressed by this converter since it is powerful enough to convert nearly any video to WMV, MP4, AVI, MOV, H.264, H.265, M3U8, FLV, etc and even rip Blu-ray and DVD to WMP, WMC, VLC, QuickTime, Plex, Kodi and iOS/Android/Windows Tablets & Phones and HD Media Players as well as video editing software including Sony Vegas, Pinnacle, Avid MC, Premiere, and more. And you can enjoy the powerful edit function, like trim, crop, watermark for text, image and video, 3D effect, subtitles and so on.

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Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can complete these tasks:

DVD to WMP Blu-ray to WMP VOB to WMP
MKV to WMP ISO to WMP Tivo Recordings to WMP

Steps to Convert FLV to WMV for Windows Media Player

Step 1. Put FLV files on the converter

Import the FLV files to the video converter. You can do that in two ways:

a) You can drag and drop the file directly in the application.

b) You can click the "Add Files" button to browse, select and load the file in the application.

import flv video

Step 2. Select output format for Windows Media Player.

Click "Format" menu you will find various video formats listed by different devices. Just choose a compatible video format for Windows Media Player. You can choose "Common Video" > "WMV" as the output format, or select "HD Video" and choose "WMV HD(*.wmv)" as the output format.

Step 3. Edit loaded FLV video files.

Click "Edit" button and you are allowed to trim, crop, add text/image/video watermark or some effect to your output video for making it perfect. Here the function of adding subtitles to output files will contribute to make your own videos. You can use free software Subtitle Edit to edit your subtitle content then add it to output videos.

Step 4. Start conversion.

Click the "Convert" button to start FLV to WMV conversion. When it completed, click the "Open" button to get the generated videos for Windows Media Player.

This way can fix all the following issues:

"When trying to play a (.flv) file on Windows Media Player it prompts that the selected file has an extension (.flv) of file type that is not recognized. Then asks me if i still want to play the  file. When i click yes an error box comes up saying file type or codec may not be recognized by the player. Any solutions please?"

"When I try and use Windows Media Player (on my new Windows 8 pc) to play .flv files I get told the extension is not recognised but the player might still be able to play it.  It isn’t able to play it."

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How to Play Ogg and FLAC Files in WMP?

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Ogg is an mp3-like compression audio format except that it is open-source and patent free. For these reasons many audio users prefer this format over MP3 files. FLAC is a lossless audio format. This means that the audio is compressed, but there is no loss in quality. Unfortunately, both OGG and FLAC can’t played in Windows Media Player by default. To get Ogg and FLAC files supported in WMP, you have two options.


Method 1: Download and Install Open Codecs

Windows Media Player doesn’t include support for Ogg, Flac, and other music file formats natively. If you want to play OGG and FLAC in WMP, you can download and install Open Codecs that will enable WMP to play both types of files. Open Codecs is a free download and will allow WMP to play Ogg Vorbis, Speex, Theora, Flac, and WebM music files. also has a QuickTime component that will let you play OGG and Flac files in iTunes

The installation is easy, just follow the defaults in the install wizard.

install open codec

If you had WMP open while installing Open Codecs, you’ll need to restart it. After that you can start playing Ogg and Flac files in Media Player right away.

Method 2: Convert OGG and FLAC to MMP playable format

A large number of audio conversion software packages exist for converting these OGG and FLAC files to WMP, mp3, or anything else that WMP will play natively. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is such a video and audio converter for Windows Media Player. It can convert OGG and FLAC to WMA and MP3 for WMP losslessly. Besides, it can convert WMP unsupported video such as MKV, AVI, FLV, TS, VOB, MP4 to WMP. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is also a Blu-ray Ripper and DVD Ripper that can remove Blu-ray and DVD copy protection and rip Blu-ray and DVD to WMP.

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Step 1:
Launch the OGG and FLAC to WMP converter and click the “add video” button to browse your computer hard disc and load the files you want to convert to the software. 


Step 2: Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate will help you convert FLAC and OGG to WAV for WMP with ease. You just need to choose WMA file to output as the picture shown.

Tip: To get a decent output video quality as you want, you can also click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 

Step 3:
When all the settings are OK, go back to the main window and click “Convert” to begin converting OGG and FLAC to WMP for Windows Media Player. Once conversion is finished, a message of task accomplishment is displayed.

Now, you can put the converted OGG and FLAC files to WMP playlist to play.

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Windows media player can’t open mp4 from DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic

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As the market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems, DJI quadcopters like the Phantom are the standard in consumer drone technology. Not only the Phantom series, but the INSPIRE and OSMO are salable. When you had a flight and then want to transfer your DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic Quadcopters footage to PC for playing with Windows Media Player or edit in Windows Movie Maker, you may meet issues like below:

"Hello, please can anyone help me troubleshoot a problem I’m having transferring videos from the phantom’s sd card and my computer? I’m currently on Windows 7 and after transferring the videos I try to open them using Windows media player (So that I can eventually edit through windows movie maker) but it just comes up with an error message saying windows doesn’t support the codac used to compress the file. I can still send them through email and view them but it would be more helpful if I could load them straight onto movie maker. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!"

 "I am having my first flights with my P4 – and can’t play back the MP4 video files with Windows Media Player, which is very frustrating.  I get this message “Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.”

DJI Phantom Footage to WMP

Before answer the questions, you have to know DJI Quadcopters specs.

DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced Specs

  DJI Phantom 4 Phantom 3 Professional Phantom 3 Advanced
Video Recording Modes UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p
3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p
2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p
HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p
  • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 24/25/30 (29.97)
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps 60 Mbps 40 Mbps
Video MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

DJI Inspire 2 and Inspire 1 Specs

  DJI Inspire 2 DJI Inspire 1
Video Recording Modes

5.2K (5280*2972, 16:9) 30fps 12bit, 4.2Gbps

4K (4096*2160, 17:9) 60fps 10bit, 4.0Gbps

UHD (4K): 4096x2160p24/25, 3840x2160p24/25/30
FHD: 1920x1080p24/25/30/48/50/60
HD: 1280x720p24/25/30/48/50/60
Max Video Bitrate 4K 60fps, 100Mbps; H.265 MP Level 5.1: 4K 30fps, 100Mbps; 60 Mbps
Video Apple ProRes, MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264;HEVC/H.265) MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Mavic

  DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Mavic
Video Recording Modes

・C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
・4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
・2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps

2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
・FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps

1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps

1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps

・C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
・4K:3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
・2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps

2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
・FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps

1920×1080 48/50/60/120p @80Mbps
・HD: 1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps

1280×720 48/50/60/120p @45Mbps

C4K: 4096×2160 24p 
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p 
2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30p 
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p 
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
Max Video Bitrate 100Mbps 60 Mbps
Video MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264;HEVC/H.265) MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

From the chart above, you can learn that no matter Phantom series, or Inspire and Mavic export video files with UHD/FHD resolution. But if your computer is not relatively new or have enough RAM you may not be able to play those 4K files with your WMP. In this case, you can try recording some video in 1080p and if you can, you can compress DJI Quadcopters 4K video to 1080p.

In addition, WMP doesn’t seem to play well with mov files. MP4 will play but not the preferred format for high-dollar editing (fine for the average user though). You might also want to download and install two things: QuickTime player and the KLite Codec pack.

How to Compress DJI Quadcopters 4K video or transcode DJI Quadcopters footage to WMV for WMP/WMM?

There is a way to play your DJI Phantom 1/2/3/4/4 Pro, DJI Inpire 2/1, DJI Mavic recordings to Windows Media Player and edit DJI Quadcopter video in Windows Movie Maker. That is to transcode DJI Drone videos to WMV with a video converter.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a helpful tool for you to convert DJI .mov .mp4 . x265 video to WMV for WMP/WMM and compress DJI Phantom 4/4 Pro/Inspire 2 4K video to 1080p. This HD video Converter is not only a powerful video converter but a video editor. It can reset video size, bitrate, frame rate, codec and audio codec, channel, sample rate, bitrate. So it can switch  3840 x 2160, 4096 x 2160, 2720×1530, 1920×1080, 1920×720 video to another. It also can add subtitle, add watermark, remove/replace audio, deinterlacing video, rotate video, adjust contrast/lightness, adjust acpect ratio, etc. It handles with new H.265/HEVC 4K video.

Free download and install


Step 1: Transfer DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic Footage to Computer 

The DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic recording footage on an SD card, you can remove the SD card from the camera, insert the SD card to a card reader, then plug in the card reader into your computer SD card Port for transferring the video footage to your local hard drive.

Step 2: Import DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic 4K videos.

From “File”drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add source DJI DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic 4K video files to the program.

edit dji phantom 4 4k video

Tips: On the main video displaying window, click the up and down arrow to rearrange the file order according to your own needs.

Step 3. Choose the output format

Click the “Profile” drop down list to select a proper video foramt as you want. Here you just need to hit the “Profile” box and select “HD Video” > “WMV HD” on the dropdown menu as output format. 

Step 4. Set Video Resolution at 1080p.

Click “Settings” button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 1080p.

Step 5.
When everything is OK, hit “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to transcode DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic to WMV for WMP/WMM.

After the conversion, you can locate the WMV files then you import the converted DJI Phantom/Inspire/Mavic video to Windows Media Player for playback or Windows Movie Maker to edit.

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How to Play MP4 Videos in Windows Media Player?

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Before you meet trouble in playing MP4 in Windows Media Player, you perhaps originally thought MP4 could be played with any media player. Now, you should know Windows Media Player is the exception:

“I am not able to play MP4 video files in wmp 11.  It says these files are not supported by wmp.  Can you suggest a remedy.” – from

“hi, my windows media player just wont play anything that has a mp4 extension, it keeps saying “Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.” – from

Why can’t you play MP4 in Windows Media Player? Maybe you don’t know what format Windows Media Player, here is the list of video formats supported by Windows:

.avi, .asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm

Although Windows Media Player doesn’t support MP4 file, there are still some ways to make your MP4 files playable in Windows Media Player or on Windows.

My suggestions:

1. Install MP4 codecs for Windows Media Player: Elecard MPEG-4 Codec Pack  provides a wide range of MPEG-4 decoding/encoding solutions, which are offered as DirectShow Filters. Elecard MPEG-4 Codec Pack will enable you to encode and decode various video and audio stream types.

2. Install a free media player ….. VLC. It plays virtually any kind of formats.

3. Google for a video converter. Use it whenever you have video files NOT supported by Windows Media Player. WMV format is the most reliable format for Windows. Would be wise to use that.

Best MP4 to Windows Media Player Converter Recommendation

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate <Mac version>
is just the right MP4 to Windows Media Player Converter which can convert all kinds of MP4 videos such H.264 MP4, MPEG-4 MP4, H.265 MP4, 3840P MP4, 1080P MP4, 720P MP4 to Windows Media Player supported video format WMV, AVI, ASF, MPG. Besides converting MP4 to WMP video format, it also can convert MP4 to Windows Media Player supported audio format like WMA, MP3, WAV, AU, and AIFF.

Moreover, this ideal MP4 Windows Media Player Converter also helps to convert other Windows Media Player unsupported format like MOV, VOB, WTV, MKV, WebM, RMVB, FLV, 3GP, MXF, AVCHD, FLAC, APE, OGG, 3GA, M4A, DTS, RA, VOC, M4R, and etc to WMP supported video or audio format. Read reasons to choose the program.

Read other tutorials on Windows Media Player media playback:

DVD to WMP Blu-ray to WMP VOB to WMP
MKV to WMP ISO to WMP Tivo Recordings to WMP

Steps to Convert MP4 to Windows Media Player

Step 1 Load MP4 videos

After you install the MP4 decoder correctly on your computer, drag you files in this program directly or with “Add Video” button. This top-notch MP4 to WMV converter pro supports drag-drop and batch conversion, so you can import and convert several MP4 files at one stroke.

MKV to WMP Converter

Step 2 Select Output Format as WMV

Come to the output list and choose HD Video > WMV HD(*.wmv) as the best video format for adding to Windows Meida Player. Of course, you can choose other WMP compatible formats like MPEG-2 or ASF.

best format for Windows Media Player

Step 3 Optional adjustments of output videos

Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video & Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 4 Start to convert MP4 to WMV

Now lightly click “Convert” to get MP4 to WMV conversion work started with a split second. You can view the conversion progress from the progress bar at the bottom of the dialog box. After conversion, you can import the output files to Windows Media Player for playing.

With this method, you not only can play MP4 in Windows Media Player, but also can convert and play other unsupported video in WMP.

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How to Play DVD movies with Windows Media Player

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Have collected a bunch of DVD movies and hope to insert them to Windows Media Player for direct playing? However, most of the questions that you might encounter are Can Windows Media Player play DVDs? How to play DVD with Windows Media Player? How to solve WMP playing DVD error. However, this is not to say that Windows Media Player is faulty when it comes to playing a DVD. Just like any other media player there are problems that people do encounter and sometimes they lack the knowledge when it comes to using WMP for playing DVD purpose.

Can Windows Media Player play DVDs?

In Windows Media Player, you can play audio CDs, data CDs, and data DVDs that contain music or video files (also known as media CDs). If you have a DVD drive and a compatible DVD decoder installed on your computer, you can use Windows Media Player to play a DVD-Video disc—this is the type of DVD that movies are distributed on. If you are using a version of Windows 7 that supports DVD playback, you should be able to load the DVD in Windows Media Player without issue. The real frustration is that DVD playback has been removed from Windows 8 and Windows 10. That’s to say, the Windows Media Player packed on Windows 8/10 cannot play DVD movies out of the box.

How to play DVD with Windows Media Player

*Click the Start button > Select Control Panel on the start menu. For Windows 8/Windows 10 users you can simply search the Start Menu for “Control Panel” and it will show right up in the list.

*In the search box > type troubleshooter > click Troubleshooting.

*Click view all in the left pane > click Windows Media Player DVD.

It will probably lead to this window (see below) to ask you to install a Windows Media Player DVD decoder.

In case there are a lot of unsolved problems that you are experiencing every now and again when it comes to playing DVD with Windows Media Player, there are better solutions below that you can adopt so that you can continue to enjoy your DVD videos and troubleshoot a DVD that won’t play on WMP.

Check Correct DVD Titles on Windows Media Player

Solution for DVD not working with Windows Media Player

Solution 1.

If the DVD is from another region, there’s a very good chance that it will not play. This is because regions are hard-coded into DVD drives to help fight piracy. To play DVDs from other regions, you’ll need to flash your DVD player’s firmware, which is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

> See how to remove DVD region code

Solution 2:

Your drive may be physically failing. If this is the case, you’ll need to install a replacement. See How to Install a DVD Drive for details.

Solution 3:

If you get a message that says that your computer is missing a codec or that you require a DVD decoder, you are probably trying to play, burn, or sync a file that was compressed by using a codec that Windows or the Player doesn’t include by default.

Click “Go Online to learn how to obtain a DVD decoder” and then check the Microsoft recommended Windows Media Player DVD decoder such as CinePlayer DVD Decoder and Advanced Corel DVD Decoders. But those WMP DVD decoder are all costing around $ 15. For more information about codecs, see frequently asked questions about codecs.

Solution 4:

There is lots of Windows Media Player DVD decoder for free downloading on the download sites and all claim to be the best solution to fix Windows Media Player not playing DVD. But the safety cannot be guaranteed. Those free add-ons and Plug-ins are the least you should be trust cuz they may containing virus and create continuous ads. But there is still solution 4 – replace Windows Media Player with another more powerful Windows DVD player freeware.

If you have another DVD player program installed, it may be messing up Windows Media Player. Either use the other DVD player, or uninstall the program so that Windows Media Player works properly again.

Top 4 Windows DVD Player for Windows 7/8/10 Free Download

1. VLC Player

VLC Player is a comprehensive media player and all region free DVD player for windows. This universal Windows DVD player plays all kinds of DVDs easily and smoothly. Blu-rays are another story, as they are supported but many of them won’t play because of DRM encryption. And this DVD player for Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix gives you more controls over DVD playback, you can set a given title and chapter using the Title and Chapter selectors.


– Support more operating system including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, etc.

-Integrated with feature for MKV, MP4 video and MP3, AAC music playing.


– Not working prefectly on Windows 8.

– VLC audio delays problem not solved properly when playing DVD videos.

– User interface out of date.

2. GOM Player

GOM Player is also a standard Windows DVD player that works similarly to other media players, and it compatible well with Windows 8/7/XP and is able to play VCD and SVCD with perfect surround sound. And this Windows DVD player also has an official remote control app for iOS and Android devices.


– Codecs are included for playing popular video formats.

– Advaced features: screen capture, audio capture


– Its default user interface seems to be undesirable.

– No help documentation built in this player.

3. KMPlayer

The KMPlayer, or K-Multimedia Player, is a Windows DVD player which can play a large number of formats such as DVD, VCD, AVI, MKV, OGG, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, etc. It plays DVDs with movies on them without individually clicking on each .VOB files.


– Plays DVD folders.

– The original version of this Windows DVD player is recommended by lots of users.


– Not support h.264/h.265 video codec playback.

– No video only sound or videos not showing full screen bugs.

4. PowerDVD

PowerDVD is developed by CyberLink Corp. and can play any video, audio, pictures, DVD, Blu-ray and HD movies. It supports playback any files across PC, tablets, smart phones, TV and more. The supported OS include Windows 8.

Pros: It’s high playback image and audio quality makes it famous in the DVD player market.

Cons: What makes people frustrated is that PowerDVD is expensive and its superabundant version usually makes users refused and hard to decide which to choose.

5. BS Player

BS Player is claimed to be the best multimedia player in the world. It supports DivX, HD, AVC video, movie, audio, DVD and YouTube files.

Pros: There’s a free basic version of BS player to fulfill users’ needs.

Cons: But if you want to navigate the DVD menu, you need to purchase it first. Besides, there’s no “Play DVD” button, which means you need to upgrade to the pro version as per needs.

Solution 5:

Another alternative solution is ripping DVD to Windows Media Player friendly video, then enjoy those converted DVD movies with WMP freely.

Pavtube ByteCopy is one of the powerful DVD converters in the market today. It has the ability to remove DVD protection or extract audio from DVD and save them as Windows Media Player playable format with fast speed and high quality. Besides enabling you to do the DVD to Windows Media Player conversion, such tool also endows you with the ability to choose desired subtitles and audio tracks or keep forced subtitles for far better movie enjoyment.

What’s more, you can finish the DVD ripping process with only three simple steps: Load DVD, choose an output format and start the ripping process. Pavtube ByteCopy has a quite neat and well-designed interface. And the software lets you tweak just about everything after you’ve got the movie from disc. Some of you may be using a Mac computer, please visit Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac. Please select the right link below for your operating system (PC, Mac). The following instructions will show you how to rip and convert DVD to Windows Media Player friendly format – WMV, so that you can then put the movie onto Windows Media Player.

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Steps to convert DVD to Windows Media Player

Step 1. Load DVD movies 

Insert a source DVD in optical drive. Install and launch the excellent DVD chapter converter, click disc button to load DVD movies. You can then select the chapters you want by clicking the checkbox. If you want to export the multiple chapters into one single video, please click “Merge into One File” box.

Tip 1: To get the certain desired part, you can also click “Edit selected task” to trim the videos. In addition, you can also crop, add watermarks, etc. to customize your videos.

Tip 2: DVD movies always contain subtitles and audio tracks in different languages. For better than ever DVD movie enjoyment, you are highly suggested to choose desired subtitles and audio tacks for output, via opening the subtitle and audio track selecting box at the bottom of the left processing list.

Step 2. Set output format 

Click on “Format” bar to select output format. Here you can choose to rip DVD to .wmv, .asf or .wma from “Common Video”, “HD Video” or “Common Audio” for playing with Windows Media Player. <Refer to Windows 10 Supported Video/Audio Formats>

See File types supported by Windows Media Player:

File extension Windows Media Player 12 Windows Media Player 11 Windows Media Player 10 Windows Media Player 9 Series Windows Media Player for Windows XP Windows Media Player 7
Windows Media formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm)
Windows Media Metafiles (.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wmx)
Windows Media Metafiles (.wpl)
Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms)
Windows Media Download Package (.wmd)
Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)
Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .m3u)
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi)
Audio Interchange File Format (.aif, .aifc, .aiff)
Sun Microsystems and NeXT (.au, .snd)
Audio for Windows (.wav)
CD Audio Track (.cda)
Indeo Video Technology (.ivf)
Windows Media Player Skins (.wmz, .wms)
QuickTime Movie file (.mov)
MP4 Audio file (.m4a)
MP4 Video file (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp)
Windows audio file (.aac, .adt, .adts)
MPEG-2 TS Video file (.m2ts)

Detailed information can be found here.


a. Keep in mind, if you rip the DVD to another common format and playback it on WMP, you may hear audio but no video picture displayed, which means the video codec isn’t installed. You need to install extrac codec pack to solve the issue. That’s why we prefer to choose WMV, a format developed by Microsoft.

a. ByteCopy also helps you to convert videos to mobile devices supported formats, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, etc.

c. In profile settings, you are allowed to adjust video and audio codec, size, channels, etc for better video quality. You also can set to preserve 5.1 channels when copying DVD to Windows Media Player.

Step 3. Start converting DVD on Windows Media Player

In the end, you just need to click the “Convert” button start the conversion. When the converting process ends, you can open output folder to check and play converted DVD videos in Windows Media Player with the best quality. Enjoy.

How to Add items to the Windows Media Player Library

There are several methods you can use to add files to your Player Library:

Monitoring folders: When you start the Player for the first time, it automatically searches certain default folders included in the Music, Pictures, Videos, and Recorded TV libraries on your computer. If you ever add or remove files from these media libraries, the Player will automatically update its available media files. You can also include new folders in your Windows libraries from other locations on your computer or from removable storage devices.

Add media files that you play: When you play a media file on your computer or from a removable storage device, the file is automatically included in your Player Library so you can access it directly from the Player. And if you have access to remote media files stored on other computers on your network, you can change the Player’s settings to add these remote files to your Player Library when you play them.

Windows 10 Tip: Find Windows Media Player

To find WMP, click Start and type: media player and select it from the results at the top.

Alternately, you can right-click the Start button to bring up the hidden quick access menu and choose Run or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key+R. Then type: wmplayer.exe and hit Enter.

If you plan on using it a lot, you might want to pin it to the Taskbar while you’re here. To do that, right-click on it and select Pin to taskbar, Pin to Start, or both.

Windows Media Player hasn’t changed at all since its last update to version 12 in Windows 7. So, if you recently upgraded from Windows 7 to 10, and aren’t quite ready to use the new apps, you’ll be happy to see its familiar UI.

Personally, I would have like to see at least a fresh coat of paint on the WMP interface. However, it’s obvious that Microsoft is phasing out some of its legacy software for the new universal apps instead.

When you first dive into Windows 10, you’ll find that your media is already set to open in its new universal apps (Groove, Photos, Movies & TV). But if you want to stick with WMP, you can set it as your default player by adjusting file associations.

It’s also worth noting that while DVD support has been taken away, support for FLAC and MKV files is added to Windows 10, and you can use WMP for that.

Related Software:

BDMagic for Windwos/Mac – The best Blu-ray solution to rip and backup any commercial and region-locked Blu-ray to H.265, M3U8, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, etc.

DVDAid for Windows/Mac – Capacity of ripping copy-protected and homemade DVD to iPhone 6S/SE, iPad, Surface Pro, Synology NAS, Seagate Wireless Plus, etc with suitable format.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac – Function of converting Blu-ray/DVD, 4K/SD/HD videos to play on Windows Media Player video format and nearly all popular devices you have ever seen.

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How to Play VOB Files on Windows Media Player ?

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VOB files are essential to DVDs and can be taken from a disk in order to place a copy of a movie on a user’s computer. When people have VOB files, they sometimes want to play the VOB files with Windows Media Player, but they meet troubles:

“During a Training Course I uploaded some related video clips but,being in a bit of a rush, put them im Docs.On trying to transfer them to Video on Windows Media Player ,info came up saying that WMP couldn’t open the file as it was VOB. What format would be acceptable to WMP and how would I change it? As the files are related to my Voluntary work I need them pretty urgently!!.”

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Play VOB files with WMP Alternatives

A VOB is a DVD video file file type, which along with other file types is used for standard DVDs. It is a special type of mpg video file, and an isolated .vob file will play on only some players. If you have other players installed, first see if it will play on one of them. See WMP alternatives to play VOB files:

1. VLC Media Player: This is the very easiest way to play VOB files.

  • Download VLC Media Player for free from Videolan website
  • Install the player, using the default settings.
  • Run VLC Media Player after installing, and open a folder, using menus Media->Open Folder…
  • Navigate to the folder where the VOB files are located – usually VIDEO_TS folder, and click Choose Folder

2. Media Player Classic: This will be an easy way to play VOB files since Windows Media Classic is a simpler software compared to other programs that can play DVD movies. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

  • Download Media Player Classic for free from the Source Forge website.
  • Double-click the downloaded file to open it and follow the steps in the installation wizard to install the software.
  • Run Media Player Classic after it has finished installing by double-clicking on the program’s shortcut icon on your desktop.
  • Go to File and then Open File.
  • Click the Browse button and browse to the folder that contains the contents of the DVD movie.
  • Select the file named “Video_TS.ifo.” This is the information file for the full DVD movie that will allow you to play a VOB file as well as other files associated with the movie.
  • Press the Open button to start playing the DVD movie.

3. Virtual DVD Players: This software will behave just like an external DVD player connected to your computer except you won’t have to buy any additional external hardware. Here are 2 virtual DVD players you may want to consider for playing VOB files.

  • Corel WinDVD: this media player can play back DVD-Video (including VOB), QuickTime and Windows Media Video (WMV) files. The software supports high-definition videos and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The Pro version can also play back Blu-ray and 3D movies. A free trial version is available for download on the Corel website.
  • PowerDVD 11: PowerDVD 11 can play DVD movies containing VOB files on your computer including films with enhanced HD or 3D attributes. You can also use PowerDVD to play Blu-ray films and create slideshows of photos stored on your computer. The Cyberlink website offers a free trial version of PowerDVD 11.

Moveover, depending on the OS and WMP you have, often you can make a .vob video file play on WMP by changing the extension .vob to .mpg. The player may ask you if you want to try to play the file, and if you answer yes it will then play. 

Play VOB with Windows Media Player by downloading codec

Along with what has mentioned above, you can also try downloading the codecs if a codec for a file is missing. Basically, Windows media player on Windows Vista should be able to play .VOB file, but if it isn’t then it is not able to find the codecs to play that file.
Windows Media Player may not be able to play a portion of content that you select because that content requires a codec that either could not be downloaded to your computer, or is not supported by Windows Media Player. By default, Windows Media Player downloads codecs automatically when you need them to play a file.

To enable automatic download of codecs:

1.In Windows Media Player, click Tools, and then click Options.

2.Click the Player tab, and then click to select the Download codecs automatically check box under Automatic updates, if the check box is not already selected.

3.Click OK.

4. After you complete this procedure, try to play the file again. 
Additional Information:

To support most of the file formats, you can upgrade your current version of Windows media player to Windows media player 12. Download here

If both of these fail, there are many programs available that will convert a .vob to .wmv, .mpg, or other formats that WMP will play. A few such programs are free like Handbrake, but many pay ones give you a free trial which might be enough to get you past your current problem like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate.

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Use Handbrake Convert VOB to MP4 for Windows Media Player

Note: Handbrake only can output MP4 and MKV format but Windows Media Player doesn’t support MKV files. 

1. open Handbrake.

2. Click the Source button in the upper left-hand corner and choose your VOB files on hard drive.

3. Head to the “Title” drop-down menu in the upper left hand corner of the window. This is where you’ll select which part of the VOB you want to rip. In the case of movies, it’s usually the longest title, so just pick that one. If you’re ripping episodes of a TV show, it’s usually the 22 or 44 minute ones, and you’ll have to rip them each separately.

4. Click the Browse button on the right side of the window. Navigate to where you want to save your movie file, and type in a file name in the box. Click OK.

5. Next, head to the bar on the right labeled “Presets”. This is where you’ll choose what format the resulting file will be in. If you just want to watch it on your computer, the “Normal” or “High Profile” preset is fine. If you want to watch it on something like your iPod or iPhone, though, pick the correct preset from the list.

6. Hit the Start button at the top of the window. This will take a while, so you’ll probably want to grab a cup of tea.

7. When it’s done, you’ll get a popup notification. From there, you can double-click on your movie file to watch it, or sync it to your device of choice. 

Convert VOB to WMV for WMP with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Note: WMV stands for Windows Media Video. A .wmv file is a compressed video format that was developed by Microsoft for Internet streaming applications. WMV is the best compatible video format for Window Media Player.

Step 1: Load VOB files to Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Click “File” to load VOB files to Pavtube VOB to WMP converter. Or you can simply drag and drop the VOB files to the app. You can see all the chapter added will be listed. The main title will be automatically detected to convert. But if also can select certain chapter to convert.

1.At the bottom of the chapter list, you can choose desired subtitle/audio track in “Subtitle” and “Audio” box. 
2.You can preview the video on the right window and take a snapshot of your loved scene.

Step 2: Choose WMV for WMP

Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Common Video -> WMV3 (WMV9) (*.wmv)” as the best output format for playing in Windows Media Player.

If the default A/V settings cannot fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to custom the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically.

Step 3: Start to convert VOB to WMV for WMP

Press the “Convert” button on the bottom-right corner of this VOB to WMP Video Converter to start doing video conversion. The larger the VOB files are, the more conversion time should be taken.

Import Converted VOB files to Windows Media Player

Step 1. Open Windows Media Player by clicking on the Start menu and then clicking on the Windows Media Player icon.

Step 2. Click on the “Library” tab in Media Player. If you already have music or video in your library, you will see those files displayed here.

Step 3. With Media Player still open, click on the video file you would like to import to highlight it.

Step 4. Drag the converted VOB file over to the Library window in Media Player, and release the button. This will import the video into your Media Player library.

Step 5. Click on the “Library” tab at the top of Media Player, and select “Video.” Once your video library opens, verify that the converted VOB file has been added.

By adding the converted VOB file to your Media Player library, you can have ready access to it without having to search through your hard drive for the file.

More Features of Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

if you just want to download the free trial version to help you convert VOB to WMV for WMP playback, you can ignore the following part. if you recently happen to plan to purchase an all-in-one media solution to help you convert MKV/AVI to iPhone 5se/iPad Air 3, rip DVD to Plex/Kodi, backup Blu-ray to NAS/Media Server, compress 4k to 1080p, convert MKV to MP4… You can consider to buy Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate:

Supported Input File:

BD/DVD: 3D Blu-ray movies, 2D Blu-ray movies, Blu-ray Folder, Blu-ray ISO Image File, DVD movies, DVD Folder, DVD IFO File, DVD ISO Image File

Video File: H.264, MP4, MOV, MKV, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, AVI, Divx, M4V, QT, FLV, F4V, ASF, 3GP, TS, MTS, M2TS, TP, TRP, MOV, MOD, TOD, MXF(partial), DV, M2V, 3G2, RM, RMVB, DAT, NUT, NSV, etc.

Audio File: M4A, WMA, WAV, MP3, MP2, AU, FLAC, MKA, AAC, OGG, Aiff, Ra, Ram, DTS, etc.

Supported Output File: 

Common video formats: AVI, WMV, MP4 (H.265/HEVC), MP4 (H.264/AVC), MKV, MOV, M4V, VOB, DV, ASF, MPG, 3GP, 3G2, etc.

HD video formats: MP4 (H.265/HEVC), MP4 (H.264/AVC), MOV, MPG, MKV, WMV, TS, AVI, etc.

Devices: Apple TV 3, iPad Air, iPad 4, New iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone5/4S/4/3, iPod Touch 5, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy NotePro 12.2, Galaxy TabPro, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Wii, WD TV Media player, Seagate Media Player, etc. 

Adjust Video Aspect Ratio

To make the video adapt to your screen, you can adjust the display aspect ratio. Click “Advanced Mode” in the right panel, then select “Keep Ratio” option in the left panel, then from “Display aspect ratio” drop-down list, you can either keep the original aspect ratio by choosing “Original” or keep the cropped aspect ratio such as 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 2:1, etc from the aspect ratio lists.

Crop Black Area

If your original movies have black area and you want to crop it. Click “Video Editor” icon on the main interface to open video editing window, switch to “Crop” tab. Get rid of the black edges: simply move your mouse cursor to drag and adjust the green frame to desired position to remove the black bar.

Add Subtitle to Video

Open “Video Editor” window, click the “Subtitle” bar and check “Enable”, then you will be able to browse and add subtitles that you have saved on local computer to the movies.

Add Watermark

Select a video in the panel list, click the edit icon on the top menu bar to open video editing window, switch to and click “Text Watermark” tab, check “Enable”, and type the text watermark in the brackets and drag the line under “Transparency” to adjust according to your own preference.

Stylize the text watermark Font, Color, Size, Style from its respective drop-down list, drag the line besides “Left” or “Top” to adjust the location of the text watermark. When all the setting is over, click “OK” to apply the changes.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate also has many other functions. You can read its review to learn more.

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Convert MKV to WMV for Windows Media Player

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MKV video is well-know and wildly accepted by its open source and unlimited video/audio streams holding ability. MKV also quite popular on the internet for sharing HD video content, like cartoon and anime. Normally the Windows Media Player latest version on Windows 10 supports MKV file support. But there are still many people that can’t play MKV in Windows Media Player. Moreover, still many people didn’t update to Windows 10. 

Windows Media Player is the default media player on Windows. So if you just want to play MKV on Windows, you can try another media player supporting MKV file, like VLC. Or, you can choose to install codec pack in Windows Media Player to add support for MKV. However, many people don’t like to install any extraneous codec packs. In this case, you also can achieve MKV playback in Windows Media Player by converting MKV to WMV, the best video format for Windows Media Player.

If you choose the third way to get the MKV streaming on Windows via Windows Media Player, you need a MKV to WMV converter. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a top-selling MKV converter in the filed. This MKV to WMV converter tool allows the user to encode video files from MKV format to WMV extension. It can also convert various other file formats, like AVI, Blu-ray into WMV file extension for Windows Media Player. This free software program supports batch processing and drag and drop method. The users can easily initiate the conversion process by selecting the name, file extension and the output destination. The program also allows the users to alter the video and audio encoding bit rate. 

Free download and install

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How to Convert MKV to WMV for Windows Media Player?

Step 1. Load MKV video files.

After free Downloading and install this MKV to WMP Converter software (Mac Version), open it and select the MKV files by pressing “Add Video” button. You can also add your recorded video on some important day. 

Step 2. Select output format for Windows Media Player.

Click “Format” menu you will find various video formats listed by different devices. Just choose a compatible video format for Windows Media Player. You can choose “Common Video” > “WMV 2 (WMV8)(*.wmv)” as the output format, or select “HD Video” and choose “WMV HD(*.wmv)” as the output format.

Tips: Click “Settings” on the interface and you can adjust the parameters including size, bitrate, frame rate, etc. to get a high quality of output files. And keep the settings the same as original video will provide you the least loss of video quality.

Step 4. Start conversion.

Click the “Convert” button to start MKV to WMV conversion. When it completed, click the “Open” button to get the generated videos for Windows Media Player.

Add the media to Windows Media Player library to test. It should be able to play the converted MKV video in Windows Media Player. If it still doesn’t work, connect Pavtube Support team at Windows Email: Mac Email:

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Get Aspect Ratio(4:3 or 16:9) Workaround in DVD Ripping process

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It’s well-known to all that the aspect ratio of a video means the ratio between the width and height of the image and the most common aspect ratios are 4:3 and 16:9. Imagine if your 4:3 aspect ratio video is used to playback on a widescreen display device with 16:9 aspect ratio, what would happen? What would be the correct resolution for a full-DVD-quality rip in the correct aspect ratio at maximum resolution? 720×400, 720×300 or other? What are the best fit for 16:9 widescreen and normal 4:3 display? In this page, we will give you some hints. (Read more:What is an aspect ratio and Types of aspect ratio). 


No doubt, the image would be distorted and significantly affects the visual effect of videos. So when you plan to convert your 4:3 aspect ratio video for widescreen playback, to change the aspect ratio of a 4:3 video file to 16:9 is seemingly a priority for all. I suppose you want a perfect fit on 16:9 screen (snapshoot C) or movie at original aspect ratio (snapshoot D)? Pavtube DVDAid can help you through. The software rips DVD to MKV, AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, etc and meanwhile crop DVD at custom size (pix) / aspect ratio. You may also load stretched video files to the software to correct the aspect ratio. Read the review


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How to set the correct aspect ratio during DVD ripping? 

Step 1. Load DVD movie 

Insert your DVD disc into DVD drive. Then click the DVD disc icon to load DVD movie. If your DVD is saved as files on your computer, click “DVD Folder” and browse to the folder that contains DVD files. 


Step 2. Choose a proper format 

Click the Format bar, and choose a desired format. For playing common DVD rips (720*480 for NTSC, 720*576 for PAL) on HDTV, AVI, WMV, MP4 from Common Video profile list are the highly recommended output formats. 


Step 3. Set best aspect ratio for 4:3 or 16:9 display 

a.Set proper aspect ratio for a 4:3 display 

If your display screen or HDTV is in 4:3 aspect ratio, here you need to set nothing. The default settings will result in letterboxed DVD videos with black bars above and below like the below image (720*480, 4:3) shows. 


b. Set proper aspect ratio for a 16:9 display 

If you want to enjoy a 16:9 display, and don’t mind that the picture/image will be stretched too much, click “Edit” on menu bar to switch to “Video Editor” interface, tap on “Crop” and choose “Stretch” from “Output Mode” dropdown list. Then the black bars will disappear on the output window. 

How to Get the black bars off? 

In the Video Editor interface, here you see the Original Preview and Output Preview area. The original video is put in green frame. Drag the dotted frame to crop black bar out as it shows below. 

Tips: To avoid black bars when play DVD videos in full screen, you may click “Settings” button to set a video size of 16:9 in the “Settings” panel, for instance, 720*405, 800*450, 960*640, or 1280*720. 

Step 4. Convert DVD movies 

Go back to the main UI and click “Convert” to start ripping your DVD movies and then you can enjoy them on your 4:3 or 16:9 displays with correct or proper aspect ratio. 

Tips About- How to Display 4:3 aspect ratio Fullscreen Video or Movies on 16:9 Widescreen? 

Difference between aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16:9 


Aspect ratio is the relationship of the width of a video image compared to its height. The two most common aspect ratio are 4:3 also known as 1.33:1 or fullscreen and 16:9 also known as 1.78:1 or widescreen. All the old TV and computer monitor has the squarish 4:3 shape, 4:3 LCD monitors can display analog video signals that conform to NTSC and PAL standards. They are not capable of displaying HD (high definition) video. 16:9 is the native aspect ratio of most high definition LCD monitors and TV’s. 16:9 widescreen monitors are ideally suited to display HD video signals. Some can also display SD video signals but require some compromises. 

Today almost all of the latest plasma and LCD flatscreen TVs are in the 16:9 format, which has become the de facto standard. However, there are still a lot of video or movie material with 4:3 format in the world and almost all of the classic movies made prior to 1953 are in their original 4:3 format. The following article will show you how to display classic 4:3 materials on contemporary 16:9 screen. 

How to display 4:3 material on a 16:9 Screen? 

There are generally three ways to display a 4:3 material on a 16:9 screen. But all the three ways tend to be compromised in the way it is displayed. 

Option 1: Display 4:3 material in its correct aspect ratio using the middle two-thirds of the screen, when you do this, a black bar will leave on each side of the image that fill the space between the image and the sides of your screen. This option is also called pillarboxing. 

If you do not like the black bars, you can use the crop function within our program Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to remove the black bars from the videos or movies. Here is review

Option 2: Stretch the 4:3 image horizontally to make it fills the 16:9 frame. This option will make people and objects appears shorter and wider. It is unacceptable since it is a distortion of the original image. 

Option 3: Zoom the 4:3 image instead of stretching it. This option will cuts off the top and bottom of the image and display the middle section of the image in full frame 16:9. Sometimes, the important portions of the image will get lost under this option. 

For those people who are concerned about having the best 4:3 material display without any compromise in any of ways mentioned above, you can choose a 4:3 format screen instead. Source: you can read here

Get the top available workaround and enjoy them on your 4:3 or 16:9 displays with correct or proper aspect ratio. 

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Rip and Backup Blu-ray to Windows Media Player

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Windows Media Player makes you enjoy nearly all kinds of videos on your Windows computer. But it must meet its Waterloo in Blu-ray. That’s because Blu-ray has DRM copy protection, like AACS and BD+. If Microsoft corporation wants to play Blu-ray on Windows Media Player, he would have to pay Sony a royalty for Blu-ray technology. This cost is likely to be passed on to consumers. Therefore, Microsoft chooses to let the consumer decide on whether to pay to use Blu-ray technology.

For Windows users, a common way to play Blu-ray on Windows Media Player is to use a external 
Blu-ray drive and download and install a codec pack. Media Player Codec Pack supercharges your Windows Media Player by adding support for dozens of new video and audio formats. Consumers can download codec pack from website,  which offers consumers for a popular codec pack for Windows Media Player, that includes a number of popular codecs, including support for Blu-ray, which will allow you to play Blu-ray movies on Windows media player. 

Another option to play Blu-ray on Windows Media Player is to use a third party Blu-ray ripping tool to remove Blu-ray copy protection and transcode Blu-ray to Windows Media Player supported formats. So that you can succeed in playing Blu-ray movies using Windows Media Player.

Pavtube ByteCopy is a good choice to get the above job done. This Blu-ray ripping program can rip and backup Blu-ray to Windows Media Player in AVI, MP4, WAV, WMA, VOB, etc at ultra fast speed. With continuous decryption technology updating, it can rip new released and region-locked Blu-ray disc for Windows Media Player. Besides, you can extract audio from the Blu-ray movies: MP3, AC3, WMA, M4A, WAV, OGG, AAC, MKA, MP2, AIFF, FLAC, etc. audio formats are supported. In addition, it also can backup DVD to Windows Media Player. (Reasons to choose ByteCopy)

You can free download and install ByteCopy on Windows.


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How to rip and copy Blu-ray to Windows Media Player?

Step 1. Load Blu-ray movie

Run the Blu-ray ripper on PC after inserting the Blu-ray disc to the computer. Click “File” > “Load from disc” to import Blu-ray movies, which only takes you several seconds.

Step 2. Choose the right output format

For ripping Blu-rays to Windows Media Player, click “Format” bar to choose HD Video, then select H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) as the target format.

Tip: In profile settings, you are allowed to adjust video and audio codec, size, etc for better video quality. You also can set to preserve 5.1 channels when copying Blu-ray to Windows Media Player. And to get perfect A/V synchronization, you need pay attention to frame rate when ripping Blu-ray movies to Windows Media Player. You can try with different frame rate in settings, like 30fps, 29.97 fps, 25fps, 24fps, etc. “Original” is not recommended.

Step 3: Start to rip Blu-ray to Windows Media Player

Back to ByteCopy main UI, hit on the “Convert” icon and start ripping Blu-ray to Windows Media Player.When the conversion completes, open output folder and find the ripped movie there. 

After you succeed in solving the issue of Blu-ray failure playback on Windows Media Player. Now, you can play Blu-ray movies on Windows Media Player smoothly. 

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