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Need to view WMV movies on my iPad

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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 4:07 PM (in response to BeccaPax)
    Seems like a high $ to pay for a device that won't play the simple grainy videos I am required to watch..

    The lack of wmv support was published in the tech specs a year ago, months before the iPad was released for sale.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • assyrix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:08 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    Try the Azul Media Player. I use it to play all my files (even flv Flash video!) and it works.
  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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    Jan 11, 2011 12:29 AM (in response to BeccaPax)
    Search for Azul media player or Azul in the app store, it only costs 59p if my memory serves me correct.. This plays WMV video. I have it on my iPad, but I haven't got round to trying it with WMV files yet.

    It's easy enough to put the files onto the iPad with it. Basically installation of the app results in the Azul app appearing in the File Sharing section in iTunes. From there you basically click on the add button, locate the WMV files (or other video files) that are on your computer, sync the iPad and they are then added to the iPad.

    Here's the link to the writers website:

    I have copied this from the writers website:

    File Formats Currently the following types of content is supported: 3gp, sf, avi, divx, dv, flv, gxf, m2p, m2ts, m2v, m4v, mkv, moov, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, mpg, mpv, mt2s, mts, mxf, ogm, ogv, ps, qt, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, webm, wm, wmv

    It sounds like it's what you are looking for.
    Windows Vista, iPad 32 GB iPhone 4 16 GB
  • rodfromgeelong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 13, 2011 5:51 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Thanks for the tip

    Downloaded Azul and opens wmv files straight from emails on iPad

    Well worth the $1:19

  • ellaella Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 10, 2011 4:47 PM (in response to tal1971)

    I tried the Azul app on my iPod and it won't open any of my WMV files.  It seems to be very limited in its functionality.

  • imtigger2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 24, 2011 11:23 AM (in response to ellaella)

    I have an answer for you...


    THE BEST App I've used so far is brand new... Download the free Boxee App.  With that, you can send just about ANY movie from your PC or MAC to the Apple TV 2.   I'm not talking converted movies that are in iTunes, I'm talking your legally ripped DVD's, movies legally downloaded from the net in any format like MP4, WMV, Divx, DVD files, etc.  It works perfectly and flawless for me.  I have 3 external HDD's on my PC loaded with movies and this app sends all of them (so far) to my Apple TV 2.     I have a projector and being able to NOT use a wired connection is essential. 

  • ellaella Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2011 6:32 AM (in response to imtigger2)

    Were you intending to respond to me, or was that a mistake?  I don't have an Apple TV.  I have an iPod.

  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Sep 25, 2011 7:49 AM (in response to BeccaPax)



    The app SharePlayer works well, for wmv flicks, and it's only $3.99.




  • MacMac\'ed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 14, 2011 8:44 PM (in response to BeccaPax)

    YXPlayer2 in the app store works perfectly and it's either free or $5.00.

    Let's not forget WMV is a Microsoft proprietary movie format and not a problem with your iPad or Apple. Remember Real Player and the problems associated with those files.....just sayin'

  • garne2t Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 11:47 AM (in response to Michael Morgan1)

    I disagree that this isn't a problem Apple contributes too. Apple does not promote compatability with their competition. The end user experience suffers. For example, microUSB charger/port that works for Blackberry and Androids, no Apple support. Play wmv files on apple products--no. Ability to sync with iTunes to a music player other than Apple's--No. The user is left with having to search for third party apps to accomplish something that could easily be done by Apple. With cooperation and a more open philosopy, all our lives would be better.

  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,140 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:15 PM (in response to garne2t)

    By incorporating more Microsoft, Google and RIM technology into Apple products. No thanks.

  • garne2t Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 13, 2012 2:41 PM (in response to James Ward4)

    It's not incorporating other products. It's being compatable with the rest of the world. Sharing makes the world go round and Apple is not good at playing in the sandbox. I'm able to share my Android charger with my girlfriend who has a Blackberry. Charges my phone just like the proprietary and new and different Apple charger for the iPhone 5 charges a phone. microUSB does everything Apple's multiple connectors do while being compatable with others. Plus it's smaller and more compact that the connector Apple has been using for years.

  • madliu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to ellaella)

    This app you mentioned works well with WMVs on my iPad. Maybe your WMVs are protected by something...

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to BeccaPax)

    Personally I use the WMV Player HD now known as MoliPlayer HD. It plays WMV perfectly fine, and once installed if you can download the WMV files throuigh safari, or  from an Email attachment, you can then use the "Open In" Menu to open it in MoliPlayer.    Its free, and also has an FTP and Web interface for direct uploads to it through Wifi.


    Its a pretty decent App all around.


    As far As Apple's obligation to include support for media formats, I find it hard to think that every single device must immediately play every format out there, including proprietary formats like WMV.   That's just silly, There's so many formats out there it would be impossible. the iPAd plays the more popular formats, but a properietary format like WMV is not sometihng they would want to provide for specially since it form their competition.

  • tiger tiger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 2:24 PM (in response to Phil0124)

    When I bought an iPad 4, it seemed like the perfect little gadget to look at photos and watch video. I never considered that it would NOT play wmv files, Flash video, nor did I think it wouldn't be possible to manage photos simply.


    Well, it doesn't! Or at least, not in the basic product. So I downloaded a file transfer app, which is OK. Then I was sent an email with a wmv file attachment. Of course, the iPad doesn't do wmv - but Moliplayer does! Thank you very much, Phil0124.


    I have mixed feelings about Apple's treatment of all the media file types. But, trying to be objective, why should we expect a toy such as the iPad to do everything straight out of its box?


    The iPad's operating system should be able to do what any other does, manage application programs and look after data that it's been entrusted with. Anything above and beyond that is pretty much a job for an application program of some sort. Video handling isn't a job for an operating system.


    Having said that, the product's price should reflect its limitations - and it DOES NOT!


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