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This article discusses the multimedia file types that Microsoft Windows Media Player supports and provides a sample of most of these file types. If problems occur when you play a supported file type from another source, Microsoft recommends that you try a sample file from this article that has the same extension. If you can play the sample file, there may be a problem with the file from the other source that you are trying to play.

 

 

Windows Media Player Files (Supported File Formats.)

# Windows Media Formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm)

Advanced Systems Format (.asf)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12

The Advanced Systems Format (ASF) is the preferred Windows Media file format. With Windows Media Player, if the appropriate codecs are installed on your computer, you can play audio content, video content, or both, that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs and that is stored in an .asf file. Additionally, you can stream audio and video content with Windows Media Services, or you can package that content with Windows Media Rights Manager.

ASF is an extensible file format that stores synchronized multimedia data. It supports data delivery over a wide variety of networks and protocols. It is also suitable for local playback. ASF supports advanced multimedia capabilities including extensible media types, component download, scalable media types, author-specified stream prioritization, multiple language support, and extensive bibliographic capabilities that include document and content management.

Typically, ASF files that contain audio content that is compressed with the Windows Media Audio (WMA) codec use the .wma extension. Similarly, ASF files that contain audio content, video content, or both, that is compressed with Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV) codecs use the .wmv extension. Finally, content that is compressed with any other codec use the generic .asf extension.

Windows Media Audio (.wma)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Audio (.wma) files are Advanced Systems Format (.asf) files that include audio that is compressed with the Windows Media Audio (WMA) codec. By using a separate extension, users can install multiple players on their computer and associate certain players with the .wma extension for playback of audio-only sources.

Windows Media Video (.wmv, .wm)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Video (.wmv) files are Advanced Systems Format (.asf) files that include audio, video, or both compressed with Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV) codecs. By using a separate extension, you can install multiple players on your computer and associate certain players with the .wmv extension for playback of audio and video sources.

# Windows Media Metafiles (.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wpl)

Advanced Stream Redirector (.asx)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12



Advanced Stream Redirector (.asx) files, also known as Windows Media Metafiles, are text files that provide information about a file stream and its presentation. ASX files go beyond the simple task of defining playlists to provide Windows Media Player with information about how to present particular media items of the playlist.

Windows Media Metafiles are based on XML syntax and can be encoded in either ANSI or UNICODE (UTF-8) format. They are made up of various elements with their associated tags and attributes. Each element in a Windows Media metafile defines a particular setting or action in Windows Media Player.

ASX files can point to any media file type that Windows Media Player recognizes and supports.

Windows Media Audio Redirector (.wax)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Audio Redirector (.wax) files are Windows Media Metafiles that reference Windows Media Audio (.wma) files.

Windows Media Video Redirector (.wvx)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Video Redirector (.wvx) files are Windows Media Metafiles that reference Windows Media Video (.wmv) files

Windows Media Redirector (.wmx)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Redirector (.wmx) files are Windows Media Metafiles that reference Windows Media Audio (.wma), Windows Media Video (.wmv) files, or both.

Windows Media Player Playlist (.wpl)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12

Windows Media Player Playlist (.wpl) files are client-side playlists that are written in a proprietary format. Microsoft introduced this file format in Windows Media Player 9 Series. The .wpl format can create dynamic playlists, whereas .asx and .m3u formats cannot. In Windows Media Player 9 Series, the auto playlist feature uses the .wpl format. The .wpl format is the default file format used for playlists that you save in Windows Media Player 9 Series.

# Other Formats

Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms)

In Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft introduced the *.dvr-ms file format for storing recorded TV content. Similar to *.asf files, *.dvr-ms file enhancements permit key Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality, including time-shifting, live pause, and simultaneous record and playback. Video contained in a *.dvr-ms file is encoded as MPEG-2 video stream, and the audio contained in the *.dvr-ms file is encoded as MPEG-1 Layer II audio stream.

To play back unprotected *.dvr-ms files on Windows XP-based computers, you must have the following software and hardware components:

- Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later.
- The update that is documented in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base must be installed on the computer: For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
810243 DirectShow playback support for files recorded with Windows XP Media Center Edition
- A Windows XP-compatible DVD decoder.

For more information about *.dvr-ms files, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnwmt/html/dvrfilechanges.asp 

Windows Media Download Package (.wmd)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows Media Download (WMD) packages combine Windows Media Player skin borders, playlist information, and multimedia content in a single downloadable file that uses a .wmd extension. A .wmd package can include a whole album of music videos that also displays advertising in the form of graphical branding and links to an online music retailer Web site.

To download a .wmd package from a Web site, click the link to the package. When the package is downloaded to your computer, Windows Media Player automatically extracts the files that are contained in the package, adds the playlists in the package, adds the content to Media Library, displays the border skin in the Now Playing pane of Windows Media Player (in full mode), and then plays the first item in the playlist.

Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Audio Video Interleave (AVI) is a special case of Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF). AVI is defined by Microsoft. The .avi file format is the most common format for audio and video data on a computer, and this file format is an example of a de facto (by fact) standard.

Audio content or video content that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs can be stored in an .avi file and played in Windows Media Player, if the appropriate codecs are installed on the computer. Video codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following codecs:

# DivX codec

For more information:
http://www.updatexp.com/divx-codec-for-windows-media-player.html

# Xvid codec

For more information:
http://www.updatexp.com/xvid-windows-media-player-codec.html 

# Cinepak codec

For more information:
http://www.updatexp.com/cinepak-codec-download.html 

# Indeo codec

For more information:
http://www.updatexp.com/codec-iv50.html 

# DV codec

# MJPEG codec

# Uncompressed RGB or YUY2 codec

Audio codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following audio codecs:

# MP3 codec

For more information, visit the following Fraunhofer IIS Web site:
http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de 

# Microsoft Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (MS ADPCM)

# Uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) codec

# Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .mpv2, .m3u)

The Moving Picture Experts Group develop the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) standards. These standards are an evolving set of standards for video and audio compression.

MPEG-1 (.mpeg, .mpg, .m1v)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


This standard permits the coding of progressive video at a transmission rate of about 1.5 million bits per second (bps). This file format was designed specifically for use with Video-CD and CD-i media. The most common implementations of the MPEG-1 standard provides a video resolution of 352x240 at 30 frames per second (fps). When you use this standard, you receive a video that is slightly lower-quality than typical VCR videos.

Files that use the .m1v extension typically are MPEG-1 elementary streams that contain only video information. Files that use .mpg or .mpeg extensions typically are MPEG-1 system streams that contain MPEG-1-encoded video and MPEG-1 Layer II (MP2)-encoded audio.

However, MPEG-1 system streams do not exclusively use the .mpg and .mpeg extensions. MPEG-2 program streams also frequently use .mpg and .mpeg file extensions, but they contain MPEG-2-encoded video. Because Microsoft Windows operating systems provide only an MPEG-1 video decoder, Windows Media Player cannot play MPEG-2 program streams without an additional MPEG-2 video decoder (also known as a DVD decoder pack) installed.

For more information about purchasing DVD decoder packs, visit:
http://www.updatexp.com/dvd-decoder-media-player-windows.html

MPEG Audio Layer III (.mp3)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


This standard has also evolved from early MPEG work. It is an audio compression technology that is part of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 specifications. The Fraunhofer Institute developed MP3 in Germany in 1991. MP3 uses perceptual audio coding to compress CD-quality sound with almost the same fidelity.

Windows Media Player 10 for the first time contains an MP3 encoder as well as the decoder so allowing you to create MP3 files from your recordings...

MPEG Audio Layer II (.mp2, .mpa)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this files type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


MPEG Audio Layer II is an audio-coding standard that was originally developed as a part of the MPEG-1 specification and was later updated for the MPEG-2 specification.

M3U (.m3u)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


An .m3u file is a metafile playlist that references .mp3 files and provides additional metadata for the items in the playlist. Typically you will see an .m3u file on a website. On clicking the link you are then redirected to the actual content in the playlist.

Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a standard protocol for the interchange of musical information between musical instruments, synthesizers, and computers. This standard defines the codes for a musical event that include the start of a note, its pitch, length, volume, and musical attributes, such as vibrato. It also defines codes for various button, dial, and pedal adjustments that are used on synthesizers.

Audio Interchange File Format ( .aif, .aifc, .aiff)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Apple Computer developed the Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) audio file format. You can use this format to store high-quality sampled audio and musical instrument information.

Sun Microsystems and NeXT (.au, .snd)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Unix Audio (.au) files are UNIX-generated sound files. A sound (.snd) file is an interchangeable sound file format that is used on Sun, NeXt, and Silicon Graphics computers. The file typically contains raw sound data that is followed by a text identifier.

Audio for Windows (.wav)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


Windows uses the Wave Form Audio (WAV) file format to store sounds as waveforms. One minute of Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)-encoded sound can occupy as little as 644 kilobytes (KB) or as much as 27 megabytes (MB) of storage. This size of the storage space depends on the sampling frequency, the type of sound (mono or stereo), and the number of bits that are used for the sample.

Similar to the AVI and ASF format, WAV is only a file container. Audio content that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs and that is stored in a .wav file can be played back in Windows Media Player if the appropriate codecs are installed on the computer. The most common audio codecs that are used in .wav files include Microsoft Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (MS ADPCM) and uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation (PCM).

CD Audio Track (.cda)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10, 11 and 12


CD Audio (.cda) tracks are audio files that are stored on CD media. You can play .cda files only from a CD-ROM. As a result, a sample file cannot be included in this article for you to play. To test a .cda file, either try to play a different .cda file from your CD-ROM or try to play a .cda file from a different CD-ROM. The .cda files are representations of CD audio tracks and do not contain the actual pulse code modulation (PCM) information. You cannot play the file if you copy a .cda file from the CD-ROM to your hard disk.

Indeo Video Technology (.ivf)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP

Indeo Video Files (IVF) are video files that are encoded by using the Indeo codec from Ligos Corporation. Indeo standards may change frequently. To make sure that you can play files that are encoded with this codec, make sure that you have the most current Indeo package. To verify that you have the latest Indeo package, contact Ligos Corporation. To do so, visit the following Ligos Web site:
http://www.ligos.com/company_general.htm 

To play an .ivf file, download the file to your hard disk before you play it. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Right-click the link to the .ivf file, and then click Save Target As.
2. Specify a location on your hard disk where you want to save the file.
3. Double-click the file that you saved to your hard disk to play the file.

Windows Media Player Skins (.wmz, .wms)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series
- Windows Media Player 10 and 11

A Windows Media Player skin (.wms) definition file is an XML text document that defines the elements that are present in a skin, their relationships, and their functionality. A script creator creates the skin definition file (.wms) and any associated JScript files (.js) that incorporate the art elements and add functionality to the skin.

A .wmz file is a compressed Zip archive that contains a Windows Media Player skin definition file and associated Jscript files and its supporting graphic files.
Click to download a sample .wmz skin file

QuickTime Content (.mov, .qt)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:

- Windows Media Player 7
- Windows Media Player for Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 9 Series


Apple Computer developed the QuickTime file format to create, edit, publish, and view multimedia files. QuickTime format can contain video, animation, graphics, 3D and virtual reality (VR) content. Only QuickTime files version 2.0 or earlier can be played in Windows Media Player. Later versions of QuickTime require the proprietary Apple QuickTime Player.

For more information, visit the following Apple Web site:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime 

# File Formats That Are Not Supported

RealNetworks Content (.ra, .rm, .ram)

RealNetworks content is created by software that is developed by RealNetworks. The content is compressed with proprietary RealVideo and RealAudio codecs and is stored in a file format developed by RealNetworks. To play RealNetworks content, obtain the RealOne player.

To do so, visit the following RealNetworks Web site:
http://www.real.com 

QuickTime Content (.mov, .qt)

Apple Computer developed the QuickTime file format to create, edit, publish, and view multimedia files. QuickTime format can contain video, animation, graphics, 3D and virtual reality (VR) content. Only QuickTime files version 2.0 or earlier can be played in Windows Media Player. Later versions of QuickTime require the proprietary Apple QuickTime Player.

For more information, visit the following Apple Web site:
http://www.apple.com/quicktimeback 

MPEG-4 (.mp4)

MPEG-4 is an International Standards Organization (ISO) specification that covers many aspects of multimedia presentation including compression, authoring and delivery. Although video compression and file container definition are two separate and independent entities of the MPEG-4 specification, many people incorrectly believe that the two are interchangeable. You can implement only portions of the MPEG-4 specification and remain compliant with the standard.

The MPEG-4 file format, as defined by the MPEG-4 specification, contains MPEG-4 encoded video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)-encoded audio content. It typically uses the .mp4 extension. Windows Media Player does not support the playback of the .mp4 file format. You can play back .mp4 media files in Windows Media Player when you install DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs. DirectShow-compatible MPEG-4 decoder packs include the Ligos LSX-MPEG Player and the EnvivioTV.

For more information about the Ligos LSX-MPEG Player, visit the following Ligos Web site:
http://www.ligos.com/lsx_mpeg_player.htm

For more information about EnvivioTV , visit the following Envivio Web site:
http://www.envivio.com/products/etv/download.jsp 

Microsoft has chosen to implement the video compression portion of the MPEG-4 standard. Microsoft has currently produced the following MPEG-4-based video codecs:

- Microsoft MPEG-4 v1
- Microsoft MPEG-4 v2
- Microsoft MPEG-4 v3
- ISO MPEG-4 v1

MPEG-4 video content can be encoded and stored in an .asf file container by using Windows Media Tools and Windows Media Encoder. You can then play these files in Windows Media Player. For more information about Microsoft and MPEG-4 support, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/WM7/mpeg4.aspx 

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