How to Convert WMV 8 to WMV 9

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How to Convert WMV 8 to WMV 9
Some digital video players do not support WMV 8 files. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

WMV 8 and WMV 9 are part of the Windows Media Video series of codecs. Each is used to compress and decompress digital media into a given format.

Some video players only read videos encoded with WMV 9. In order to play your WMV 8- encoded video in a player that only reads WMV 9-encoded videos, you must first convert your video into an WMV 9 video using the Windows Media Video 9 Encoder, a free download offered by Microsoft Corp.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Windows Media Video 9 Encoder

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  1. 1

    Download and install the Windows Media Video 9 Encoder (see resources below for link).

  2. 2

    Open Windows Media Video 9 Encoder when it is finished installing and click "New Session."

  3. 3

    Select the "Convert a File" option and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Select the WMV 8 file you wish to convert. Choose "Windows Media Video 9" from the "Format" options and press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Wait for the encoder to finish converting your file. This may take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes depending on the size of the file. When it is finished, you have successfully converted your WMV 8 file to the WMV 9 file format.

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