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MOV File Extension Details and Tips

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Developed by Apple Inc., MOV format is largely used to store video files, especially movies, audio files and text files. It hardly matters if you work on Macintosh and Windows platform; these files can be played comfortably in both the environments. In this article, we aim to share the MOV File Extension Details and Tips with you.

What is MOV

MOV is a multimedia format that is used for saving and creating video files. The format was created by Apple Computer to work with multimedia files. Now it is compatible with both the Microsoft and Mac OS platforms. MOV files are capable of storing two or more tracks which can be video, audio, text, graphics or effects. This flexibility makes this file format very popular for music and video editing.

MOV files use a proprietary compression algorithm and each track that is held within the file is made up of an encoded media stream or a reference to a media stream that is located in another file - this allows the embedding of existing media. MOV video are usually compressed with a relatively small size, thus many videos distributed on the Web adopt the MOV format for easier downloading and streaming.

MOV is also the native media file format of not just of Macintosh computers but of all Apple devices as well. This means that it is the file format preferred by the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

How to Play a MOV file

As you know, the MOV file format is most commonly associated with Apple and the QuickTime video clip. QuickTime player which was developed and created by Apple allows a user to open and play .MOV files and later version of QuickTime Player, such as QuickTime Pro allows the user to edit and export .MOV files. So, playing MOV files is as simple as browsing to the file on Macintosh computers.

While for Windows users, MOV is not playable by the lower versions of Windows Media Player. You will need version 11 or higher in order to play this video file format on a Windows-based machine. If you can't possibly upgrade but still want to play MOV in Windows, your other option is to install QuickTime for Windows or a third-party MOV player like the VLC Media Player.

Note: In any case that the MOV file can't be played even by Windows Media Player 11 and higher, downloading the latest codecs is necessary.

Why Convert MOV files

MOV file extension is used by the QuickTime-wrapped files. Though MOV files are quite often found in the web, to play them on Windows computer (Windows 8), one has to install an extra component or turn to other players since Windows's default programs like Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, etc. don't accept MOV.

Plus, MOV is a container format and can contain video, animation, graphics, 3D and virtual reality (VR) content or text (for subtitles, for example), so it would be a bit hard for media players, video editing programs like FCP, iMovie, Adobe Premiere to read and process it- it would be better to change MOV format.

Other occasions may be that you need to convert MOV files so as to play them on your Android devices, game consoles, etc that can't recognize MOV.

Why Choose Brorsoft MOV Converter

In case you have problems with playing your MOV files, converting MOV to more common video formats is the best solution. Brorsoft MOV Converter for Mac is a powerful and easy-to-use tool to convert QuickTime MOV to various popular video formats on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion included).

The supported format list includes AVI, WMV, MP4, MP3, FLV, 3GP, VOB, M4V, MKV and more. This video converter can also encode MOV to Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 10, Asus Transformer Prime and more. It is featured by fast conversion speed and high output quality. Apart from converting video format, it also allows you to customize video with the built-in editor. You can trim the video into small segments, append special effects, add watermarks and also load subtitles to the video. If you get trouble playing, editing MOV file on Windows, the MOV Converter is really what you need!

Full Guide on Converting MOV to AVI/MP4/M4V/FLV/WMV/MPEG

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