Tip & How-To about Audio Players & Recorders
WMV (Windows Media Video) has been around since 1999, yet you're
still likely to be lost when using it. This is due to the versatility
of Microsoft's video compression. Want to watch your movies in WMV.
Okay, let's see it together. But first you must answer two simple
On what device?
In what environment?
Let's take advantage of this article to remind our readers that there are many variants of WMV. WMV file, no matter what it contains, always has a .WMV. extension. To know if you are dealing with a "normal" WMV, WMA HD or VC-1, you need to check its properties. I can hear your alarm bells ringing loud, calm down. The use of Windows Media Video is not as problematic as it sounds. You just need to pay attentive to a few technical details.
Read WMV files without a computer
Reading 'normal' WMV files, without DRM, no longer poses too many problems to our electronic devices for some years now. Walkman, multimedia camera/disc, DVD/Blu-ray, stereos, PDAs, Xbox consoles, smartphones, Television, etc. can do this. The Windows Media Video is recognizable almost everywhere.
However, there are still some limits with regard to resolution or the flow of WMV compressed videos. Especially on mobile devices like iPods and phones. Be careful when you prepare your movies. Check the limits of your equipment.
Technological innovation has it that there is a new product in the market (shareplayer) that promises that you will be able to read
your wmv, Divx, avi, mkv, movies on your iPhone
without having to convert WMV.
It also let's you download files from the web and also features options for sharing and decompressing zip, rar, lzh and sit files. Simply upload movies from the browser, since the application includes a web server.
The iPhone is recognized as a storage device on the network, and you can add your files by simply typing the address indicated by the iphone in any browser.
The application allows you to play videos (wmv, avi, wma, asf, avi, ogg, ogv, and many others) on the OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible models, which are the iPhone 3G and the iPod 3Gen touch.
In case of more serious problems, you can:
• Contact the manufacturer to see if a solution exists (updated firmware)
• Recompress your WMV files into another format with a lower bitrate or another soundtrack.
Many devices also remain incompatible with WMA HD (HD for high definition) or its variant the VC-1 Pro. Several reasons may explain this limitation: lack of follow-up (update firmware), the presence of old or not powerful enough components, the manufacturer's desire to not make their equipment compatible with these video formats (payment of royalty to Microsoft).
Read WMV with DRM
To read WMV with DRM on digital consumer electronics, you need a device that is compatible with Microsoft DRM. Without this compatibility, playback is totally impossible. The challenge is to grab this gem, if it exists. Too often, the only device capable of this "exploit" is Microsoft's Xbox console. But considering that technology is fast advancing, and that new devices are designed everyday, it should be available in some online shops.
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