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.MOV File Extension

File TypeApple QuickTime Movie

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What is a MOV file?

A MOV file is a movie file saved in the QuickTime File Format (QTFF), which is a multimedia container file format. It stores one or more tracks that store different types of media data, such as video, audio, and text (subtitles). MOV files are commonly used for saving movies and other video files.

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Screenshot of a .mov file in Apple QuickTime Player X
MOV file open in Apple QuickTime Player X

QTFF was developed and released by Apple in 1991. The container format is designed to support various types of media in order to accommodate the transfer of multimedia between devices, operating systems, and applications, operating systems, and devices.

Multimedia files saved in QTFF primarily use the .mov file extension, but may also use the .qt file extension. 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. MOV files commonly use the MPEG-4 codec for compression.

You can convert MOV files to other media 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: QTFF led to the formation of MPEG-4 and the rise of .MP4 as an international standard.

How do I open a MOV file?

You can play MOV files with various multimedia players, such as Apple QuickTime Player (Mac), Microsoft Windows Media Player (Windows), and VLC media player (cross-platform).

You can also play MOV files in Android and iOS with VLC for Android, VLC for iOS, olimsoft OPlayer (iOS), and J2 Interactive MX Player (Android).

Open and view .MOV files with File Viewer Plus.

Programs that open MOV files

Updated 1/19/2021

About MOV Files

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