MOV File Extension

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Apple QuickTime Movie
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What is MOV file?

MOV is a popular video file format developed by the Apple company in 1998, used be default by the QuickTime player. A MOV file contains a single or multiple paths, and each of those paths is assigned with a specific type of data: video, audio or text (written). These paths may be also utilised to indicate the data within a different file. Each path usually uses one or more codecs, therefore an application utilising MOV files must support all the used codecs.

Advantages of MOV format

MOV is a popular format which is compatible with MAC, Windows iOS and Android systems. The MOV format is also greatly adjusted for video edition, because of the fact that specific fragments of data can be modified separately. Due to multiple data storing paths, it is possible to edit sound and image separately

Similarities between MOV and MP4

The MP4 format was developed on the basis of MOV – only minor changes were implemented. Both formats use in compression the MPEG-4 codecs and it is a lossy compression method therefore one should take into account loss of quality, however, this results in small size of files. Due to many similarities, MOV and MP4 files can be easily converted both ways, especially considering Apple systems; in other systems, certain complications may occur. Although the MOV format is relatively popular, the MP4 is currently more frequently encountered.

Conversion of a MOV file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the MOV extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of MOV file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from MOV extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to MOV file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the MOV file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the MOV file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the MOV file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the MOV file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the MOV file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the MOV file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the MOV file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on MOV file.

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