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.MOV File Extension

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File TypeApple QuickTime Movie

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


Common multimedia container file format developed by Apple and compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms; may contain multiple tracks that store different types of media data; often used for saving movies and other video files; commonly uses the MPEG-4 codec for compression.

More Information

MOV files may contain video, audio, timecode, and text tracks, which can be used to store and synchronize different types of media. Each media track may be encoded using one of several different codecs. In order to play a MOV file, an application must be able to recognize the specific codec(s) used in the file.

You can convert MOV files to more standard media file formats with various media applications. For example, VLC media player allows you to convert a MOV video to an .MP4 file or a MOV audio file to the .OGG format.

NOTE: MOV and MP4 files are similar and can both be played by QuickTime. However, MP4 files are recognized as an international standard and are more widely supported than MOV files.

Program(s) that open .MOV files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Apple QuickTime Player
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
CyberLink PowerDVD 15
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
VideoLAN VLC media player
Mac OS X LogoMac
Apple QuickTime Player
Eltima Elmedia Player
Roxio Toast 14
Roxio Popcorn
VideoLAN VLC media player
Linux LogoLinux
VideoLAN VLC media player
Web LogoWeb
Google Drive
iOS LogoiOS
olimsoft OPlayer
VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2
Google Drive
Android LogoAndroid
Google Drive
Updated 7/30/2015