Windows Media Center or WMV is the Microsoft’ solution for Live TV as well as a media player for music and videos. Windows Media Center is a default installation in various versions of Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate, and all editions of Windows 7 except for Starter and Home Basic. It is also available for Windows 8 Pro as an add-on.
As a media video player, Windows Media Center can play many different video types including:
- Windows Media files in the extension of .wm, .wmv, and .asf;
- AVCHD files (including Dolby Digital audio) in the extension of .m2ts and .m2t;
- Apple QuickTime files in the extension of .mov and .qt;
- AVI files in the extension of.avi;
- Windows Recorded TV Show files in the extension of .wtv and .dvr-ms;
- MPEG-4 movie files in the extension of.mp4, .mov, and .m4v;
- MPEG-2 movie files in the extension of.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, and .vob;
- MPEG-1 movie files in the extension of .m1v;
- Motion JPEG files in the extension of .avi and .mov.
Still, there are some video types that Windows Media Center cannot play, such as video MKV, FLV, 3GP, MTS, MXF, F4V, SWF, RMVB, WebM, DV, DAV. Even the formats claimed to support, Windows Media Center cannot play some MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V video files.