.MOVIE File Extension

QuickTime Movie File

Developer Apple
3.5  |  61 Votes

What is a MOVIE file?

Movie saved or formatted in Apple's proprietary QuickTime format; may use one of many types of codecs to compress the file, including the H.264 video codec, which uses a high-efficiency compression algorithm; H.264 support was introduced with QuickTime 7.0, which was released with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and is also available with QuickTime for Windows.

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Most QuickTime movies can be played back by earlier versions of QuickTime Player, but QuickTime 7 or later is required to play back H.264-encoded video files.

QuickTime movies may also use the .MOV extension, which is especially common on Windows-based computers.

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Programs that open MOVIE files


Payday Movie File

Developer N/A
3.1  |  14 Votes

A MOVIE file may also be a video file used by Payday games, such as Payday 2 and Payday: The Heist. It contains a video used in Payday, such as when characters offer contracts to the player during a cutscene. MOVIE files are renamed .BIK files.

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You most likely will only come across a MOVIE file if you are modifying Payday gameplay. Otherwise, the file is referenced by the game during gameplay.

NOTE: Since MOVIE files are renamed BIK files, you can change the ".movie" extension to ".bik" to open them with video players that support the Bink video format.

Programs that open MOVIE files

SGI Movie File

Developer Silicon Graphics
1.5  |  2 Votes

A MOVIE file may also be a video file saved in the proprietary Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) Movie format. It stores uncompressed or compressed video data, along with metadata about the video, such as the height and width of the video frames and their orientation.

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You will most likely only encounter an SGI Movie if you use the Indigo2 workstation or IRIX operating system developed by SGI. MOVIE files are uncommon since the Indigo2 workstation was discontinued in 1997 and the IRIX operating system was discontinued in 2006.

If the MOVIE file stores compressed video data, one of several compression formats may have been used to compress the data. The possible compression schemes are MVC1, MVC2, JPEG, RLE, and RLE24.

NOTE: MOVIE files may also be saved as .MV files.

How to open a MOVIE file

Since MOVIE files are rare, there are few programs that support the format outside of the utilities included with discontinued SGI systems.

If you use SGI IRIX version 5 or later, you can convert MOVIE files to MPEG format with the "mov2mpeg" utility included with the IRIX system.

You can also convert MOVIE files to a more common video format with FFmpeg and then play the converted file with a media player such as Microsoft Windows Media Player or VLC media player.

Programs that open MOVIE files


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