How to Convert Windows Media Center .WTV Files to Other Video File Formats

By Techwalla Contributor

The .wtv file format is the new file format used by Windows Media Center for television recording. Starting with Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 and now in Windows 7, Microsoft has been phasing out the older dvr-ms file format in favor of wtv. There are some commercial converters out there that can convert straight from .wtv format, but these steps will show you how to Convert .wtv Files to other video file formats with Windows 7 and Format Factory file converter.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7
  • Format Factory (free application)

Step 1

Browse to your Recorded TV folder in Windows 7. By default it is located C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV.

Step 2

Right-click on the video file and choose "Convert to .dvr-ms Format." This will pop up a WTV converter window where you can view the conversion progress. Conversion usually just a few minutes, but will vary depending on file size and computer hardware. Now you should have a file with the same name, approximately the same size, but with a .dvr-ms file extension.

Step 3

Next you need to convert the file to your preferred file format with Format Factory media converter. Download and install Format Factory if you haven't already and then run the application. A Link to the download can be found in the resources below.

Step 4

Choose your preferred Video format by clicking one of the choice on the left panel.

Step 5

On the next screen, click on "Output Setting."

Step 6

Choose any custom setting on the Video Setting screen. For best quality, I recommend setting "Encode 2 Pass to Yes. This will increase the time of the conversion, but give you better quality output. Or, you can choose one of the built-in profile settings from the drop down list. Click "OK" when ready.

Step 7

Next, you can add another file if you wish to convert more than one file at a time, or click "OK."

Step 8

When you finished with settings, click "Start" to begin the conversion. This conversion process will likely take much longer than the initial conversion to dvr-ms. Again, it depends on the size of the file and your hardware, but it could take anywhere from a few minutes for a small video to a few hours.

Step 9

When the Format factory process is complete, you've successfully managed to convert .wrt files to the video file format of your choice. Now you're ready to play it or transfer it to another device.