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Flip Player plays Windows WMV files on your MacBook or iMac. Since WMV files are ubiquitous on the Internet, the ability to play these files natively without converting them is a nice feature. Flip Player plays WMV files through QuickTime, so any application that supports QuickTime can play WMV files, including Mac-supported Web browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
Flip Player is free, although there is limited functionality unless you upgrade to the full Pro (or higher) version. Flip Player Pro has some conversion capabilities, so you can convert WMV files for use on portable devices like the iPad and iPhone. There are some editing capabilities built in, too, but they are pretty basic. The software worked well in our testing, although to get any real capabilities beyond normal playback of standard-definition WMV files, you need to upgrade.
Flip Player's interface is clean and won't require much time for you to become familiar with it. Flip Player works as expected, and we played back both standalone and embedded WMV files with no hitches. However, converting to other formats requires the upgrades to the Pro version or higher, so the free app has very basic playback utility for most users.
With Flip Player, you can play everything QuickTime supports by default such as MOV and MP4/H.264/AAC. More format support can be added through QuickTime components. With Flip Player, your videos look crisp and clear even on the highest resolution Retina Display monitors. Flip Player dynamically fades-in navigation controls only when you need them and never on top of your video. With a simple, uncluttered design, Flip Player makes it easy to navigate through your video. Scrub, fast-forward, rewind, skip, jump or step, without ever obscuring your video content.
For brilliant and distraction-free video playback, use the Dim Lights feature to dim the background of your screen. Get full pixel-to-pixel fidelity without any scaling or interpolation. Professional video editors will love this. Player Pro adds JKL navigation and Command/Period stepping to provide more efficient one-handed playback control. And even if you're not a professional video editor, these controls are fun to use. Slow down playback of your video to one quarter the speed. Use JKL commands to easily switch between normal and slow motion playback. Upgrade for premium editing features including scale, rotate, crop and trim