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What is the MOV format?

Popularly known as MOV, the QuickTime File Format is a digital container format used by the QuickTime framework. Apple developed MOV and released it in 1991.

MOV files can contain audio, video, and text.

Pros and cons of the MOV Format

MOV format is a standard format in the video industry. As such, it shows the following advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages

  • MOV is one of the best formats for professional video editing.
  • MOV is an open format, which means you can use it for free.
  • Compared to uncompressed formats, MOV files are smaller.

Disadvantages

  • MOV doesn't have the highest quality possible because it uses lossy compression.
  • MOV format doesn't have the same support as MP4.

MOV Formatt FAQs

Can Windows 10 open MOV files?

Windows 10 devices can open MOV files, although not natively. PCs don't come with the proper software to play the format.

To open MOV files with Windows, you must download QuickTime first. You could also download any other media player that supports it. We recommend QuickTime because MOV files work better with it.

When downloading apps, don't forget to get the software from the official source. It's dangerous to download software from third parties.


Do Android phones open MOV files?

Android phones and tablets can't open MOV files natively; the OS doesn't support it. Downloading QuickTime is not an option because the program is unavailable for Android. The only solution is to download a media player that supports the format.

The best free option is the VLC Media Player. It supports several formats, including MOV.


Are MOV and MP4 the same?

MOV and MP4 are not the same formats, but they are related.

Both formats were extended from the same format (MPEG-4 Part 12) and can contain the same formats. They also store the same kinds of data. In a QuickTime environment, they are even interchangeable. In conclusion, the formats are practically equal regarding applications. But the similarities end there.

Although the two are container formats, they don't store the data in the same way. MP4 stores audio, video, and text as one; MOV stores each data stream separately.


Why is MOV suitable for editing?

Most container formats store the different data streams (audio, video, text) as if they were a single one. As a result, editing the audio implies rewriting the whole file. That takes time and needs greater use of computational power.

MOV format doesn't store data in that way. Data is stored separately; each stream is autonomous from the others. That allows editing the data without rewriting the entire file. This way of storing audio and video makes MOV more efficient than MP4 and other containers for video editing.