Flip4Mac WMV Player for Mac

Flip4Mac WMV Player for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 160 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    772,734
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 17, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    15.68MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,050
  • Platform:
    Mac
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Editors' Review

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Most PCs can handle QuickTime videos, but playback for Windows Media (WMV) files on a Mac isn't always predictable. Flip4Mac WMV is a free collection of QuickTime components that lets you play WMV and Microsoft Silverlight files on your Mac, either through QuickTime Player or right in your browser. You can also pay to upgrade Flip4Mac for more advanced WMV features, such as importing, exporting, and creating encoding profiles, which integrate with other QuickTime applications like Final Cut Pro.

If you just want to play videos, you only need the free Flip4Mac WMV Player. Flip4Mac then installs plug-ins that let you play Windows Media streams and Silverlight media in Safari and other browsers. (You can also customize your installation if you don't want to install Silverlight.) You can change your settings in the Flip4Mac preference pane later, but for the most part this app's functionality is invisible once installed, with playback in your browser that's nearly indistinguishable from QuickTime.

Flip4Mac isn't perfect--for example, it can't play Windows Media Digital Rights Management, and it hasn't fully made the jump to handle Safari's default 64-bit mode in Snow Leopard. But if you ever visit the growing number of sites that use WMV and Silverlight (such as Netflix and its Watch Instantly titles), Flip4Mac gives you a free, easy way to watch videos on those sites.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 160 votes

    • 5 star 63
    • 4 star 62
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 15
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1 stars

"DO NOT USE, Unless you know what your getting into!"

March 24, 2012  |  By SC404

 |  Version: Flip4Mac WMV Player 2.4.1.4

Pros

It's good for watching your clips, but there are better options!

Cons

Just like others have mentioned, it WILL watermark your files, even the ones that you haven't tried to convert! If you just want to watch them, fine, but if you ever try to convert them for upload, it's watermarked! I have many old videos that I imported and haven't had the time to convert, until now. Many are not wmv's, but Mov's and they have somehow aquired the watermark! The issue is that I am above average in my computer skills and if they were able to backdoor me into having to purchase, there are many many others. Just search the web for folks in the same boat! Shame on you for holding our memories hostage for profit! BTW, the comment about your original files not being marked, funny how I have tried to pull a mov file into iMovie and I get the watermark?? Apparently , they trick you into thinking it's a mov file, but it's a wmv in a mov container and you can never extract it without paying the man!!!

Summary

Be very careful with this app!!! Know what your getting into or you will be forced to pay !!!

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3 stars

"Another plugin, albeit for a mediocre format..."

February 01, 2012  |  By WonderWoofy

 |  Version: Flip4Mac WMV Player 2.4.1.4

Pros

It seems to do what it indicates, that is enabling my Mac to play Windows Media files using Quicktime Player X and Quicktime 7.

Cons

It still doesn't allow me to use Window Media as is in iTunes. Also, I am a long time user of VLC, which is set as my default player, so I don't really get much use out of this. I am really not sure what the installation of Silverlight has to do with enabling me to play WMV and WMA files.

Summary

This may not be something I am truly excited about but it is definitely useful for anyone who does not use VLC or MPlayer or something similar. I opened up the contents of the package (installer file) and then proceeded to only install the Quicktime Plugin. I am just not a big fan of more bloat. I feel as though, for what this does, it could be about 15MB smaller and still be effective. Despite all that, I still feel as though this is something that a majority of Mac users should install on their machines.

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5 stars

"Does What It's Supposed To!"

January 30, 2012  |  By AlwaysBlameSatan

 |  Version: Flip4Mac WMV Player 2.4.1.4

Pros

A buddy from up north sent me a short clip, but he runs Windows, I'm on a Mac. Messages told me none of my apps could play it, even though I've got all the heavy-duty ones that claim they play anything. So googled the prob, found this app (obviously on CNET again) and it worked great. Totally simple to use, enters when needed, otherwise hides. I'm now going back, re-vivifying old clips with same file extension, playing and enjoying them also!

Cons

None so far. I'm a recreational Mac user, not in business or needing it for something responsible, so traffic is thin and I've had no complaints.

Summary

Again, can't think of any adverse qualities, just a little add-on-app that makes doable what this computer should have been able to do, on its own, in the first place.

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5 stars

"another plug-in for my browser"

January 26, 2012  |  By tappy727

 |  Version: Flip4Mac WMV Player 2.4.1.4

Pros

Another plug-in for my browser that lets me watch video

Cons

Nothing comes to mind

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1 stars

"Zero, zero, zero"

January 18, 2012  |  By Barry69

 |  Version: Flip4Mac WMV Player 2.4.1.4

Pros

Nil, nil, nil

Cons

I want to go back to the older version, but it won't let me.
This version gets a zero

Summary

Not for me

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.1.4
New Features in this Release
  • Added a progress indicator while waiting for streams to buffer in web browsers.
Fixes in This Release
  • Fixes an export scaling issue that causes video quality issues with source frame sizes not divisible by four.
  • Fixes a problem exporting Silverlight templates.
  • Fixes numerous problems in the Web browser plug-in that prevented streaming and playback of various sites and other problems with clicking and scrolling while in the plug-in.
  • Adds support for Windows Media scripting. Note that scripting only works with Web browsers running in 32-bit mode. You may need to select "Open in 32-bit mode" in Finder's Info pane for Safari or Firefox for scripting to work.
  • Fixes a warning dialog issue with DRM protected content
General
Publisher Telestream
Publisher web site http://www.telestream.net
Release Date January 17, 2012
Date Added January 17, 2012
Version 2.4.1.4
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • QuickTime 7.2.1 or later
  • Download Information
    File Size 15.68MB
    File Name Flip-Player-3.2.0.34.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 772,734
    Downloads Last Week 3,050
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations If you have the free WMV Player, you already have a trial version of all the other Flip4Mac WMV import and export components. In trial mode you can export 50% of the duration of your source file up to 30 seconds.
    Price Free

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