Apr 202014

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.

How to Successfully Play MKV, MP4, AVI, FLV in Windows Media Center

In order to successfully play any format of video files in Windows Media Center, we’d better to convert Windows Media Center unsupported video files to Media Center supported MP4 or WMV video format.

Prepare: Free Download PavTube Video Converter

Download Windows Media Center video converter – PavTube Video Converter (for Windows, for Mac). Install and launch it.

Step 1: Add source files

Click on “Add Video” button load your source files.

How to convert video to play in Windows Media Center

Step 2: Set output format

Click the drop-down list on the right side of the “Format” to select desired audio or video formats from “Common Video” or “HD Video” Category.

If your source video files are 1080p or above 1080p resolution, choose “HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video(*.mp4)” from “HD video” or “WMV HD(*.wmv)” category.

If your source MP4 files are 720p or lower resolution, choose “H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video(*.mp4)” or or “WMV3 (WMV9) (*.wmv)” from “General Video” category.

Step 3: Start Convert

Click “Convert” button to start convert MKV, MP4, AVI, FLV to Windows Media Center supported MP4 or WMV.

With the help of the professional PavTube Video Converter, now you can easily solve Windows Media Center cannot play video MKV, MP4, AVI, FLV, WebM, MXF, MTS, MOD, TOD issue. It’s that easy to play any kinds of video in Windows Media Center.