Photo_Story_3_for_WindowsIf you have ever created a .wmv file by using Photostory for Windows and tried to play it on a Mac, then you probably know that it won’t work.  A .wmv is a Windows Movie File that will not run with Mac’s QuickTime player unless you have installed a plugin called Flip4mac.  This is a free download and will enable most .wmv files to be played using QuickTime.  Now, I said “most” because it still will not play the .wmv files created with the Photostory program.  Even if you take the .wmv file and convert it to a .mov or an .mp4 file on a site such as, it still will not play on the Mac.


For you diehard Mac users, there is a way to get them to work properly.  The answer is a free conversion program called handbrake.  You can download handbrake at the following link:   Download and install the program.  Once you run the program it will ask you for your source file.  Direct it to the location of the .wmv created by Photostory.  You will also need to tell it where you would like the output file to go and what type of file you want it to be.  The output file should go some place that you can find easily, like the desktop.  The best type of file for Mac is an H.264 MP4.  After that, you will need to click the start button on the screen.  Once start is clicked the file conversion will begin.  The conversion is very quick, but time may vary depending on the size of your file.


 Handbrake is definitely the best and easiest solution for the Photostory and Mac gap.  It converts perfectly without the use of flip4mac, Adobe Premier, or Windows Media Encoder.  Your finished project will not have any annoying watermarks and it only takes a few clicks.


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Jeffrey Tron
I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 1993. I got my masters degree in education in 1999 from Indiana Wesleyan University. I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Helfrich Park STEM Academy for 17 years. While there, I was the technology coordinator, student council rep, book coordinator, and I ran the announcements on the television studio. I taught reading, English, mathematics, social studies, science, and health in all three grade levels. In the summer of 2010, I worked for the IDOE to help implement the Indiana Science Initiative. I led several workshops around the state helping teachers integrate notebooking and hands-on science kits in their classrooms. During the 2010-2011 school year, I taught fourth grade science at Fairlawn Elementary School. I am currently an eLearning Coach for an elementary school, two middle schools, and a high school. I love technology and I love teaching and helping teachers. Put the two together and you have my dream job. I am very excited about being an eLearning coach and helping others implement technology into their daily instruction.


  1. There are four apps u can use for WMVs:

    1. VLC/MPlayer OSX, play most WMVs, quick response, VLC has some masks when seeking
    2. QT+flip4mac, play most WMVs, slow response
    3. Windows media player for Mac (ppc, old), play all, slow, not UB
    4. Macgo Free Mac Media Player, play most .wmvs on Mac, clear interface, quick response

    Notice, there are some WMVs (Not DRM protected) can’t be played properly in VLC/Mplayer/QT+flip4mac

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