How to Download Videos to Windows Media Player

by Kefa Olang

Downloading videos to the Windows Media Player (WMP) allows you to upload them to supported players and other video applications. WMP mainly supports video formats such as AVI (Advanced Video Interleave) and WMV (Windows Media Video). Using a free and easy-to-use online video converter, download and convert your favorite online videos from some of the most popular video sharing websites and upload them to your media player.

Go to the video sharing website of your choice and launch the video you want to play back. Copy the URL address.

Go to a free online video conversion website such as Zamzar.com. This website allows you to download and convert online videos to Windows Media Player formats such as AVI and WMV.

Click the "Download videos" tab and paste the previously saved URL address in the "URL to convert" window.

Select "AVI" or "WMV" on the "Convert to" window. Both formats are Windows Media Player formats.

Type in your email address and click "Convert." When the conversion is complete, the file is in WMV format and an email containing the video attachment is sent to you.

Log into your email account and open the email containing the video attachment. Click "Download attachment" and select the output folder to save it to on your computer

Download and install the latest Windows Media Player. Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Windows Media Player" to launch the application when the installation is complete.

Click the "File" menu on the media player and click "Open." Locate the converted AVI or WMV file from the output folder you downloaded it to and click "Open" to load it to the media player.

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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.