WMV Playback Over Kodi Does Not Work, Solved!

Diana Joan

Mar 10, 2016 09:10 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Can't play WMV files on any of my XBMC devices any more

Hey guys! I have tons of different WMV Files. Kodi does not play them on the H8 Octa. Anybody knows why? Regarding KODI Hardware Compability Page, the Rockchip does support it. When I try to play a wmv coded file, I see the duration of the file, but no picture of it. Forward and backward doesnt work too. When I use the internal Media Center/Player - every WMV plays smooth and perfect. How can I get Kodi to handle them as well? (Already tried all Kodi Versions 14/15/16).

Why WMV files can't be played on Kodi?

After searching on the Internet, from Kodi's official Wiki page, we find that WMV is included in Kodi supported formats list. However, it is well know that WMV is a container format which can be encoded with WMV1(Windows Media Player 7), WMV (Windows Media Player 8) and WMV 3(Windows Media Player 9) 3 different codecs, which may can't be recognized by Kodi.

Play WMV files on Kodi

How to get WMV files played on Kodi?

To playback WMV files with different codecs on Kodi with no problems, the best way is transcoding WMV files to Kodi best compatible MP4 container format with H.264 codec and AAC container format with aac codec. Here is a solution in hand called Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which enables you to convert WMV files encoding with WMV 1/WMV 2/WMV 3 to Kodi favorable video codec and audio codec.

Besides WMV, the program also helps to convert other file formats such as mov, video_ts files, tivo, avi/mp4, mkv, flv, etc for enjoying on Kodi app.

How to Convert and Play WMV Files on Kodi 16/15/14?

Step 1: Import AVI/MP4 Movies files.

Launch the application on your computer, click "File" > "Load Video/Audio" or "Load from Folder" to import AVI/MP4 Movies files to the program.

Load WMV files to the program

Step 2: Choose to output Kodi best playable video codec.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down option, select to output Kodi best playable video formats by following "HD Video" > "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)".

Select Kodi best supported video codec

Step 3: Customize to output Kodi playable audio codec.

Click "Settings" to open "Profile" settings window, in "Audio" section, click "Codec" drop-down list, select Kodi playable AAC codec to output.

Output Kodi best compatible audio codec

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

Go back to the main UI and click the right-bottom "Convert" button to start WMV to Kodi supported file format conversion process.

After the conversion, just install and setup Kodi on your computer for adding converted files to Kodi for playback.

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