Apple QuickTime Player

Version10.5(as of 1/28/2022)
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Main Features

  • Plays many common audio and video files
  • Provides a clean user interface with simple playback controls
  • Delivers HD video using H.264 compression
  • Exports supported video and audio formats
  • Allows users to capture audio, video, and screen recordings

Software Overview

Screenshot of Apple QuickTime Player
Screenshot of Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player is a free media player bundled with macOS. It supports many common audio and video formats, provides video and audio exporting capabilities, and comes with audio and video recording features. The software was previously available for Windows, but Apple discontinued Windows versions of the player in 2016.

QuickTime Player supports many multimedia formats, including .MOV, .MP4, .M4V, .MP3, .AIFF, .AAC, and .WAV files. With the application, you can also play a series of still images, such as JPEG and .PNG images. QuickTime Player comes with some basic video and audio exporting capabilities. For example, you can export a video file to the QuickTime Movie (MOV) format at different resolutions and in the H.264 or HEVC codecs (only for 4K or 1080p resolutions). Also, you can export supported audio files to the MPEG-4 Audio (.M4A) format.

QuickTime Player also allows you to record audio and video. The software can record audio via a connected microphone or the internal one built into your machine. Or, the software can record video with a connected camera, such as an iPhone or iPad, or your computer's camera. You can also create a screen recording and save it as a MOV file.


QuickTime Player is an excellent media player for Mac users. It comes bundled with macOS, supports many media files, provides (limited) audio and video exporting capabilities, and allows you to capture audio, video, and screen recordings. While it does not have many advanced capabilities, the Apple QuickTime Player will meet most of your media playback needs.

Primary File Type

mov icon.MOVApple QuickTime Movie

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.3G23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3GA3GPP Audio File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.AC3Audio Codec 3 File
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ALACApple Lossless Audio Codec File
.AMCAMC Video File
.AMRAdaptive Multi-Rate Codec File
.AUSun Microsystems Audio File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.CAFCore Audio File
.DIVXDivX-Encoded Movie
.DVDigital Video File
.FLHFLIC Animation File
.FLVFlash Video
.H264H.264 Encoded Video File
.HDMOVQuickTime HD Movie File
.JPFJPEG 2000 Image
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4PiTunes Music Store Audio File
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MOOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.MPG2MPEG-2 Video
.MPV2MPEG-2 Video Stream
.MQVSony Movie Format
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.PICQuickDraw Picture
.QIFQuickTime Image File
.QTApple QuickTime Movie
.QTMApple QuickTime Movie
.RGBRGB Bitmap
.RTSQuickTime Real-Time Streaming Format
.SBSigned Byte Audio File
.SMFStandard MIDI File
.VIDGeneric Video File
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WMVWindows Media Video

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3GP23GPP Multimedia File
.3GPP3GPP Media File
.3GPP23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3P23GPP Multimedia File
.AIFCCompressed Audio Interchange File
.ALA-Law Compressed Sound Format
.ALAWA-Law Compressed Sound Format
.AXDirectShow Filter
.CAFFCore Audio File
.FLCFLIC Animation
.FLIFLIC Animation
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.M4EMPEG-4 Video File
.OGAOgg Vorbis Audio File
.OGXOgg Vorbis Multiplexed Media File
.PLUGINMac OS X Plugin
.QDATQuickTime Install Cache File
.QTIFQuickTime Image File
.QTLQuickTime Link File
.QTPQuickTime Preferences
.QTRQuickTime Extension Resource
.QTXQuickTime Extension
.WAVEWAVE Sound File
.WMFWindows Metafile
Updated 1/28/2022