How to Convert between MP4 and WMV Formats on Desktop and Online

Lisa Ou

Dec 30, 2019 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

This guide will show you 3 easy ways to convert your MP4 files to WMV format or vice versa. According to a recent survey, we are facing over one hundred media file formats including WMV and MP4. They were developed for different purposes and have various characters. If you want to enjoy your video files anytime and anywhere, you’d better master some video converter applications. Don’t waste your time to test the video converters. Read this guide and you can get what you want in a few minutes.

How to Convert between MP4 and WMV Formats on Desktop and Online

1. MP4 vs. WMV

MP4 and WMV are two popular video formats that can be used to the most media players, portable devices and websites. However, which one is better and you should choose? The answer depends on your needs.

MP4, stands for MPEG-4 Part 14, is a container format for storing video and audio content. It is the most commonly used media format, so almost all media players and digital devices can decode it.

WMV, on the other hand, is short for Windows Media Video. As a video compression format, it is mainly used on PCs since it was released by Microsoft. This video format was originally designed for internet streaming applications.

Though the two formats are totally different formats, they have something in common, such as maintain the best quality as much as possible when compressing videos. However, if you want to enjoy your videos on a large screen, you can convert MP4 to WMV. For mobile devices, you’d better transcode WMV to MP4.

2. How to Convert MP4 to WMV on Windows and Mac

Generally speaking, desktop software is more stable and can convert multiple video files at the same time. If you need to convert between MP4 and WMV frequently, FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate is the most cost-effective option.

  1. Convert MP4 to WMV or vice versa in a single click.
  2. Support almost all video and audio formats including WMV and MP4.
  3. Protect the video quality using advanced algorithms.
  4. Provide extensive video editing tools, such as trim, rotate, crop, etc.
  5. Let you preview the video files before and after conversion.

Apparently, Video Converter Ultimate is the best option you can find on market to convert MP4 to WMV.

How to Convert MP4 to WMV on Desktop

Install the best video converter

First of all, get the MP4 to WMV converter software installed on your computer. It has updated for the latest systems. Then launch it from your desktop and click the Add File menu on the top ribbon to add the video files that you want to convert.

video converter ultimate main interface

Preview and edit your videos

After loading, the MP4 files will appear in the library panel and you can view them with the media player on the right side. Plus, you can find several options on the top menu bar. To clip or trim your video file, select the Trim menu to activate the video trim window. If you want to rotate, crop, adjust or watermark your videos, hit the Edit menu to open the video editor window.

video converter ultimate media library

Convert MP4 to WMV

When video editing is done, locate the bottom section in the main interface. Click and unfold the Profile drop-down menu and select the desired video format from the General Video folder. Here we choose WMV. Then set a specific folder to save the output by hitting the Browse button. Finally, hit the Convert button to initiate the MP4 to WMV conversion.

output format

Note: This way is also available to convert WMV to MP4. You just need to add WMV videos into the software and select MP4 from the Profile menu.

3. How to Convert MP4 to WMV Online

In addition to desktop software, web-based MP4 to WMV converter is another choice. They are more convenient if you just need to convert short MP4 videos to WMV occasionally. Online video converters work in the similar way and we use Cloud Convert as the example.

Visit the web video converter in your browser and Click the Select Files button to upload MP4 files from your hard disk. It also allows you to upload video files from URL, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

cloud convert

Select WMV from the format drop-down. If you want to change aspect ratio, bitrate, resolution or other parameters, click the Tool icon to open the Options dialog.

mp4 wmv online

Once click the Start Conversion button, the MP4 files will be converted to WMV format. Then you can download the output to your computer.

Conclusion

Now, you should understand that you have at least two options to convert your MP4 files to WMV format or vice versa. Though web apps are pretty portable, they are not as stable as desktop software, such as FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. It can handle your videos at great speed. If you have other questions, please leave a message in the comment area below.

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