Common multimedia container file format developed by Apple and compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms; contains multiple tracks that store different types of media data; often used for saving movies and other video files; commonly uses the MPEG-4 codec for compression.
A MOV file can hold multiple tracks of different media data, such as a video, audio, timecode, or text track. This allows you to store and synchronize different parts of video and audio media in one file. Each media track can be encoded by a different codec, so the application that is opening your MOV file must be able to recognize the codec in order to play the media track(s) in the MOV file.
NOTE: MOV and .MP4 files are similar, but MP4 files are recognized as an international standard and have more hardware and software support than MOV files.