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.MOV File Extension

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File TypeApple QuickTime Movie
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CategoryVideo Files
File Format Description

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.

Program(s) that open .MOV files
Updated 8/19/2014