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.mov File Extension

Developer: Apple
File type: Apple QuickTime Movie File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .mov. Files with the file extension .mov can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .mov files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .mov file?

Apple QuickTime Movie encoding specifications and data compression standards are implemented into video data that is stored in the MOV format, and video files saved in this format are appended with the .mov extension. Apple developed this proprietary set of video data encoding standards and compression specifications for digital movies and other video clips. These MOV files are also embedded with cross compatibility support, which means the video content of a .mov file can be viewed with digital video players designed for Mac platforms and Windows-based systems. Apple QuickTime Player and VLC Media Player can be used to open and view the content of these MOV files in both Mac platforms and Windows-based computers, and Windows Media Player is also integrated with playback functionality for these .mov files.

how to open a .mov file?

Launch a .mov file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .mov file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .mov files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .mov file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .mov file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .mov file association errors

applications that open a .mov file

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player

Apple QuickTime Player is a multimedia player software that handles a variety of files of different formats from digital photos to panoramic images, audios to videos as well as interactivity. This multimedia player program is available for Mac OS X computers as well as later versions of Windows computers. This software product by Apple has Software Development Kits or SDKs which is available to the public as long as subscribed with the Apple Developer Connection or ADC. It has QuickTime framework, which is compatible with other free player applications, that provide several functions. These include the encoding of audios and videos, transcoding of those same files, decoding with the option to send a decoded stream to graphics subsystem or audio subsystem, and a component plugin architecture to support other codecs (third party like DivX). The latest version of this software is QuickTime Player 7 which is downloadable for free for Mac and Windows computers.
VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player

VideoLan VLC Media player is a multi-media player software that is considered to be an open source and cross platform multimedia player with framework. Thus, a product that can play most of the standard files of multimedia plus CDs, DVDs and VCDs. It also plays different streaming protocols, supported applications or devices and webcams. There is also the ability to play audios of various codecs even if there are no codec packs included: MPEG-2, WebM, MP3, WMV and MKV. This software works on most Windows computers, Mac OS X PCs, Linux and well as Unix. In addition, there is descryption for DVD which is executed via the libdvdcss library. It also has playback control support for all computers compatible with it using libcdio or libvcdinfo. On Mac computers, this media player can grab audios and videos from EyeTV applications and other devices that capture EyeTV data. On GNU and Linux, it supports encoding cards that are compatible with V4L2 and MPEG-2 which are Visiontech Kfir and Hauppage WinTV-PVR 250-350.
Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .mov files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .mov. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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