video format for Windows

Video and Audio Formats for Windows-Based Computer and Software

There is no doubt that Windows is the most popular operating system and device platform today. Whether it is for a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile phone, Windows reign supreme. It is therefore important to know what files and formats Windows computers and Windows-based devices can process for users to be guided accordingly.

1. 1 Windows video and audio format

The video formats that Windows can handle are the following:

  • Windows Media Formats - asf, wmv, wma, wm
  • Windows Media Metafiles - wax, wmx, asx, wx, wpl
  • Microsoft Digital Video Recording - dvr-ms
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg, mpg, mp2, mp3, m1v, mpe, mpa, m3u, mpv2, vob, mod
  • Indeo Video Technology - ivf
  • Windows Media Player Skins - wms, wmz
  • MP4 Video Files - mp4, mp4v, m4v, 3g2, 3gp, 3gp2, 3gpp
  • AVCHD files - m2t, mts, m2ts
  • Apple QuickTime Files - qt, mov
  • Windows Recorded TV Show Files - dvr-ms, wtv

The audio formats that Windows can play are the following:

  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface - midi, mid, rmi
  • Audio Interchange File Format - aiff, aif, aifc
  • Sun Microsystems and NeXT - snd, au
  • Audio for Windows - wav
  • CD Audio Track - cda
  • Windows Audio File - aac, adts, adt
  • MP3 Audio files - mp3, m3u

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The Windows Programs that play, process, and make use of audio-video files are as follows:

1.2 Windows Media Player Formats

The file formats that are capably handled by Windows Media Player depend entirely on the version installed on the computer. However, the file formats that can be played across all versions of Windows Media Player are as follows:

  • Windows Media Formats - asf, wmv, wma, wm
  • Windows Media Metafiles - asx, wvs, wax, wmx
  • Windows Media Download Package - wmd
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Moving Pictures Expert Group - mpg, m1v, mpeg, mp3, mp2, mpe, mpa, m3u
  • Windows Media Player Skins - wmz, wmz

However, there are some difference between different version of Windows Media Player. According to Micosoft's official support center, the supported format of each version of Windows Media Player are as below:

File extension

Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 10

Windows Media Player 9 Series

Windows Media Player for Windows XP

Windows Media Player 7

Windows Media formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Windows Media Metafiles (.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wmx) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Windows Media Metafiles (.wpl) yes yes yes yes - -
Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms) yes - - - yes
Windows Media Download Package (.wmd) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Audio Visual Interleave (.avi) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .m3u) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Audio Interchange File Format (.aif, .aifc, .aiff) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Sun Microsystems and NeXT (.au, .snd) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Audio for Windows (.wav) yes yes yes yes yes yes
CD Audio Track (.cda) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Indeo Video Technology (.ivf) yes yes yes yes yes yes
Windows Media Player Skins (.wmz, .wms) yes yes yes yes yes yes
QuickTime Movie file (.mov) yes - - - - -
MP4 Audio file (.m4a) yes - - - - -
MP4 Video file (.mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp) yes - - - - -
Windows audio file (.aac, .adt, .adts) yes - - - - -
MPEG-2 TS Video file (.m2ts) yes - - - - -

From the table above, you may find that only Windows Media Player 12 supports playing MOV, M4V, M2TS and some other formats. If you want to play MOV on Windows Media Player 11 or lower, you need to convert them to Windows Media Player compatible format first. Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate is an outstanding tool that can handle this task.

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1.3 Windows Media Center

For Video:

  • Windows Media Files - wm, asf, wmv
  • AVCHD files - m2t, m2ts
  • Apple QuickTime Files - qt, mov
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Windows Recorded TV Show Files - dvr-ms, wtv
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg, mpg, mp2, mp3, m1v, mpe, mpa, m3u, mpv2, vob, mod
  • MP4 Video Files - mp4, m4v

For Audio:

  • Windows Media Audio Files - wma, wmx, asx, wm
  • Windows Audio File - aac
  • MP3 Audio files - mp3, m3u
  • Audio for Windows - wav

Windows Media Center supported video format

Windows Media Center is the default media player of the Windows 7 operating system and higher. If in any case there are audio-video files on your computer, laptop, or mobile device that can’t be read or played by Windows Media Center, simply convert that file using the Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate. This easy-to-use software can handle all types of files and make them compatible with Windows Media Center and similar programs. If you want to watch DVD movies with Windows Media Center, just convert DVD to Windows Media Center first.

1.4 Windows Movie Maker

The video file formats compatible with Windows Movie Maker are as follows:

  • Windows Media Files - wm, asf, wmv
  • AVCHD files - m2t, mts, m2ts
  • Apple QuickTime Files - qt, mov
  • Windows Recorded TV Show Files - dvr-ms, wtv
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg, mpg, mp2, mp3, m1v, mpe, mpa, m3u, mpv2, vob, mod
  • MP4 Video Files - mp4, m4v

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Windows Movie Maker supported viddeo format

1.5 Windows Live Movie Maker Formats

  • Windows Media Files - wm, asf, wmv
  • AVCHD files - m2t, mts, m2ts
  • Apple QuickTime Files - qt, mov
  • Windows Recorded TV Show Files - dvr-ms, wtv
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg, mpg, mp2, mp3, m1v, mpe, mpv2, vob
  • MP4 Video Files - mp4, m4v, 3gp, k3g, 3g2

There are many times when a certain video format is not accepted or played by Windows Movie Maker and Windows Live Movie Maker. For cases like this, it is best to use Aimersoft Video Editor to create personal videos or home movies using a Windows computer. This software is the best alternative to Windows Movie Maker, as it clearly has limited file support. Aimersoft Video Editor will work with all known audio and video files so there’s no need to convert the files and lose its quality in the process. Using the software will save you time as well.

Windows Live Movie Maker supported video format

1.6 Windows DVD Maker Formats

The video formats the Windows DVD Maker can work with are:

  • Windows Media Files - wm, wma, asf, wmv
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg, mpg, mpeg1, m1v, mp2
  • Audio files - wav, au, snd, aif, aiff, aifc, mp3

For any other video file formats that you want to burn on a DVD but can’t be recognized by the Windows DVD Maker, please use Aimersof DVD Creator. Using this DVD burning software is a very straightforward process. It will work with almost all video and audio file formats known. No file conversion is necessary prior to burning.

Windows DVD Maker supported format


1.7 Windows tablets supported video and audio format

The supported video formats for Windows tablets are:

  • MP4 Video Files - 3gp, 3g2, mp4, m4v
  • Windows Media File - wmv
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Apple QuickTime Files - mov

Surface RT Video Formats

  • Apple QuickTime Files - mov
  • Windows Media File - wmv
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • MP4 Video Files - mp4, m4v, mts

Surface Pro Format

  • Windows Media Files - asf, wmv
  • MP4 Video Files - 3gpp, 3gpp2
  • Audio Visual Interleave - avi
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group - mpeg1, mpeg2

Windows Surface tablet supported format

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