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How to convert WMV to iPhone X/8/7/Plus on Mac

Windows Media Video (WMV) is a compressed video file format for several proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft. A WMV file is in most circumstances encapsulated in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format. The file extension .WMV typically describes ASF files that use Windows Media Video codecs.

However, for Mac users, it’s a little bit head-scratching for them to play WMV files on iPhone because the compatibility of iPhone video supported is not very satisfying. Not every video file can be played on iPhone. i.e., MKV, MTS, AVI and WMV. Users have to convert WMV to iPhone to play WMV-based videos on the device.

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iPhone video specifications from Apple's website:

H.264 video: up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

H.264 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

As you can see, all the iPhone models support the playback of video encoded using either MPEG-4 or H.264 codecs. What's plus, the latest models from iPhone 6s to iPhone X, they can also make HEVC video codec playable thereon. So the next question came up: How to change a WMV to iPhone on Mac? Is there any professional iPhone converter to solve this problem?

MacX Video Converter Pro works seamlessly on macOS (Big Sur) to help you convert WMV video files to iPhone 8/Plus, iPhone Xs/X/7/6s/6/Plus/SE/5s, Samsung Galaxy S9 edge/Note 9 more. More importantly, the whole WMV to iPhone conversion is 5x faster than other tools online thanks to its pioneering use Intel's QSV/Nvidia/AMD hardware acceleration tech. The tips below will introduce a step by step guide to tell you how to decode WMV video to iPhone formats on macOS.

How to convert a WMV video to iPhone supported formats

convert WMV to iPhone 8 on Mac

Step 1: Load WMV Files

After Free download mac video transcoder, launch it and click "Add Files" to load the WMV files. Also a version for Windows (10) is available.

Step 2: Choose the Output Format

Choose "To iPhone" as output format. MacX offers output profiles for all kinds of iPhone, including iPhone Xs/X/8/7/Plus, iPhone 6s/6s plus/6/6 plus/5s/5c etc.

For the models older than iPhone 6s, you're suggested to opt for MP4 (H264) as output formats. As for iPhone 6s and latter newer devices, HEVC MP4 is worth your consideration, esp video with 1080p or 4K 2160 high resolution, cuz it can save your 50% storage space while remaining the same level of high quality compared with H264 codec.

One more tip: if you wanna play 4K 60FPS video on your iPhone, you'd better to compress 4K to 1080p and lower 60fps to 30fps, for most iPhone doesn't support the real 4K video playback (unqualified display resolution) at 60fps.

Step 3: Select Output Directory

Click "Browse" button in output setting area and select a destination folder to save your output video.

Step 4: Start Transcoding WMV video to iPhone

Click "RUN" button to start converting wmv files to iPhone H264 or HEVC codec. You can view the conversion progress and cancel the process at anytime.

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Author: Candice Liu | Updated on Dec 30, 2019

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