Filename extension .mov is related to Apple QuickTime Movie file, a standard Macintosh video file format.
The QuickTime (.mov) file format is a multimedia container format that can store one or more tracks of data such as video, audio, text, and effects. Each track can either contain a digitally encoded media stream, playable using the appropriate codec, or a data reference to a media stream located in another file. In practice this means that it can be easily edited since there is no need to rewrite all media data after editing. Tracks are maintained in a hierarchical data structure consisting of objects called atoms. An atom can be a parent to other atoms or it can contain media or edit data, but it can't contain both.
The ability to contain abstract data references for the media data, and the separation of the media data from the media offsets and the track edit lists means that QuickTime is particularly suited for editing, as it is capable of importing and editing in place (without data copying). Other later-developed media container formats such as Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format or the open source Ogg and Matroska containers lack this abstraction, and require all media data to be rewritten after editing.
An MOV file is a QuickTime media container format. That is, it can store audio and video data. The following tutorial talks about the simple task of playing back MOV files on a computer.
Play MOV file with QuickTime Player
The QuickTime player is available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems. There are two versions, a free, limited player and a pro version that sells for about $30. The free version provides only the most basic MOV playback features whereas the pro version offers full screen playback and editing and recording features. QuickTime is distributed with an installation of iTunes.
QuickTime Alternative is an all-in-one freeware package made for the Windows operating system that enabled more players to play MOV files. Normally, the latest version of QuickTime would have to be installed to play MOV. QuickTime Alternative takes several codecs from QuickTime 7, thought it is not a licensed Apple product. It also includes web browser plugins for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Netscape, and comes packed with Media Player Classic.
In order to play MOV files in Windows Media Player or any other DirectShow-based players, you need to install QuickTime Alternative.
QuickTime Alternative Installation
Download QuickTime Alternative.
When you run the installation file for QuickTime Alternative, it is possible that you will be asked to remove the original QuickTime player if you have it installed. After that we have an Information page telling us what will be installed on your computer.
Included in the package are QuickTime components, Browser Plugins, a DirectShow parser (to play files in Windows Media Player etc.), QuickTime DirectShow decoder wrapper (for several QuickTime video and audio formats), CoreAVC (to decode h.264 video), CoreAAC (to decode AAC audio), DirectShow filters and Media Player Classic. Click Next.
Click Next again when you select a directory to install in and then you come to Select Components screen.
Here is where you have the option to remove anything from the package. As you can see from the picture, you may not even be able to install CoreAVC or CoreAAC as you already have decoders for both installed. This is OK. Keep everything selected and click Next to choose a Start Menu folder, and next again to choose whether you want desktop icons etc. Click Next and then click Install.
Done. You will probably be prompted to close a web browser before installing. When it is finished it should be now possible to play the majority of your files in players such as Windows Media Player. Media Player Classic also has good support for the MOV file format.
Play MOV file in WMP
You can easily use Windows Media Player to open MOV files. With a special video conversion codec called 3ivx, you can play mov files in an instant. So for those of you who like simplicity and want to stick with Windows Media Player, you will need to follow the instructions below to be able to play .mov files on Windows Media Player.
You will want to click this link to download the codec.
Then run the setup:
- Start by clicking Next
- Click I agree
- Click Install once you have chosen your install area
- The setup will now start and complete
Once setup is complete, find and locate your .mov file and open it via Windows Media Player. The file should now play succesfully.
MOV is a file extension used by the QuickTime-wrapped files. Quicktime is a multimedia development, storage, and playback technology from Apple. As a multimedia standard, QuickTime is not purely linear. It could contain interactivity and causes problems when converting to other video formats.
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. AVI is the most common format for audio/video data on the PC. AVI is a very flexible and powerful architecture. Some newer codecs enable AVI files to have similar or even better quality than DVD.
Convert MOV to AVI with OJOsoft Total Video Converter
OJOsoft Total Video Converter is a perfect MOV to AVI converter that can convert MOV files to AVI. Its conversion speed is above the average. With an easy-to-use interface, it makes MOV to AVI conversion routine so simple as 1-2-3. After a short conversion process you can enjoy your AVI video file made from a MOV file on your computer.
- Load video file to be converted.
- Select the file to be converted and click Open.
- Your video can be seen below.
- Select the output format and profile. Select AVI as the output format.
- Then select an AVI profile.
Start converting. Click Convert to start conversion.
Convert MOV to AVI with RAD Video Tools
It is also very easy to convert MOV to AVI with RAD Video Tools. You just need to follow the instructions below.
Download and install RAD Video Tools.
After installation, open it.
Find the MOV file you want to convert. Select it. Click the Convert a file button shown below (bottom row at left).
There is no need to change a lot of settings. Just check the Output type and make sure it is AVI. Then click the Convert button at right (below).
When the Video Compression dialog box opens, select Microsoft Video 1. Then click OK.
Then wait until the conversion is 100% complete.
The resulting AVI file will be only a little larger than the original MOV file.
You will be able to import this AVI file into Windows Movie Maker for editing.
This step-by-step guide helps you to convert MOV file to DVD on Mac by using Mac MOV to DVD Converter, the output files can be played on portable or home DVD players.
Download and install Mac MOV to DVD Converter. Open it.
Step 2-Add MOV Files
Add MOV files by clicking the Add button. The added MOV files will be listed on the right of the main interface, and each file will be a title in your DVD. Double click the added file and it will be played in the right Preview Pane. Use the player control panel to control the preview.
Step 3-Edit MOV Files
You can trim and crop the added MOV files and adjust the effects before burning the MOV videos to DVD on Mac OS X.
Step 4-Add DVD Menu
Click the Menu button on the bottom right of the main interface to edit the DVD's menu. You can also customize your DVD menu by: Customizing Thumbnail, Customizing Background Image, and Adding Background Music.
Step 5-Burn DVD
After you choose the correct DVD disc and the suitable video quality, you can click the Burn button to set burning settings and burn your DVD project.
There are three output options: DVD, DVD Folder and ISO File. If you want to burn your project directly to a DVD disc, you can select the DVD option.