How To Play WAV files on VLC
To Play WAV files on VLC is easy! WAV files, also known as Audio for Windows files or Waveform audio format files are digital sound files that were once native to Microsoft Windows programs. A WAV file is the conversion of an analog sound to a digital bit stream which can be played, stored, transmitted or copied on a computer. In the early days of its creation, WAV files were used primarily on Microsoft/IBM systems only, but today WAV files can be used not only by Microsoft, but by Linux and Macintosh operating systems as well.
WAV files are still widely used today. The files that make sounds associated with the Microsoft operating systems are wav files. WAV files may be compressed, but usually are not, resulting in relatively high files sizes. The trade-off for this however is extremely high quality sound, which may be sacrificed in other compressed sound file types. WAV files are often the format used for archiving when storage size is not an issue. WAV files are often the “standard” file that sound programs use when converted or transferring other types of compressed files. For example, computer CD players when playing a music CD through the computer often convert the CDA format to WAV format so they can be played through the sound card. However, WAV files are usually not the preference for transferring or streaming because of their lack of compression.
However, playing WAV files on VLC is rather effortless. That’s because VLC comes equipped with the digital programming that instructs it how to handle data sent via the WAV format. Here’s a step-by-step procedure for playing WAV files on the VLC.
1) After you have downloaded and installed the VLC player, open the VLC media player.
2) The VLC media player will display on your screen. On the menu bar, click on “Media.”
3) A drop-down window appears. Click on “Open File” and navigate to the location of the WAV file.
4) Click on the file in the “Select one or more files to open” window or once you are in the folder that the file is located in, type the name of the file in the “File name” window.
5) Click on the “Open” button. The file will load and the VLC media player will begin playing it automatically.