FAQ - WMV HD Database

The Following Section Is the WMV HD FAQ, Scroll Down For the Site/Personal FAQ

What is WMV HD?


WMV HD Is the successor high definition format to the .WMV codec. It was developed by Microsoft and released along with the Windows Media 9 codec roll out. The format can also be used for personal use, along with commercial use. Key titles released on WMV HD include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Alexander, The Rules of Attraction, Godsend, and Taxi.


How do I get WMV HD movies?


You can buy WMV HD movies in stores and online (You can pick some up in our shop), you can even rent/buy them online in a WMV HD compatible file. Certain HD DVD/Blu Ray movies use VC-1, which is essentially just WMV HD.


I don't want to play my movies on my PC, is there an alternative?


You can play them in specially branded WMV HD compatible players and even gaming consoles including the Xbox 360 and PS3!


I hate Microsoft, are there any companies that I would care about who profit of this codec?


The codec itself is owned by Microsoft, only Microsoft makes money off the codec, if a film company wants to use the codec to publish their movie, they will make a fraction of the profits along with Microsoft. However personal consumer use of the codec is free of charge.


I want to play WMV HD files on my PC, what kind of PC do I need?


Minimum Configuration (to play 720p video)


· Windows XP


· Windows Media Player 9 Series


· 2.4 GHz processor or equivalent


· 384 MB of RAM


· 64 MB video card


· DVD drive


· 1024 x 768 screen resolution


· 16-bit sound card


· Speakers


Optimum Configuration (to play 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound)


· Windows XP


· Windows Media Player 9 Series


· DirectX 9.0


· 1.8 GHz Intel Core Duo or higher processor (or equivalent);


· 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or higher processor (or equivalent)


· 512 MB of RAM


· 128 MB video card


· DVD drive


· 1920 x 1440 screen resolution


· 24-bit 96 kHz multi-channel sound card


· 5.1 surround sound speaker system


For either scenario, an AGP4x-based NVIDIA or ATI video adapter card with the most recent OEM driver updates is also recommended.


I was watching a TV Commercial one day and I got suckered into buying a Mac! Can I still run WMV HD files on it?


The simple answer is yes, the last Windows Media Player released was 9, meaning it would be compatible. However, it may not play them with the best results. Microsoft cut support for MacOSX because their program really wasn't preferred on that system for a variety of reasons. Although Microsoft still distributes a plugin which can be found here, and here if you are interested WMP 9.


Will WMV HD files work on my Zune?


Good Question, although the Zune can playback regular WMV files, it will not be able to play back WMV HD files.





I want to help contribute to the site, how would I do that?

You can leave a comment on almost any of the stories and let me know or you can email me here.

The Following Is A Personal/Site FAQ, enjoy!


Why Did You Start The Site?


I started the site to educate people about the WMV HD codec, later I expanded the site to also introduce the VC-1 codec which is in reality WMV HD.


Do You Work For Microsoft?


No, at least not yet (Who knows what the future holds)!


Is this site affiliated with Microsoft, Blu Ray, HD DVD, DVD Forum, you name it!


NO! This site is in NO WAY affiliated with anyone, it is purely a fan site!



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