Play MOV on QuickTime Player

MOV is an MPEG-4 video container file format used in Apple’s QuickTime program. MOV files use Apple’s proprietary compression algorithm. A lot of user from Apple related forum or community complains that QuickTime player not play MOV files:

“Quicktime will not play .mov format video. No picture. No sound. Just black.”

“My QuickTime doesnt want to play a .mov file. I tried to convert .mov to .mp4 format using cloud convert but it gave error message. I’ve got the latest OS X software, which I’m assuming would give me the latest QuickTime Player. Any clues?”

Why QuickTime player not play MOV files?

“MOV is the QT generic file container format -not a video compression format. Any video compression format compatible with the originator’s system QT codec component configuration can be placed in an MOV file container. But if you do not have the same codec installed on your system, you cannot view that video. Depending on the codec involved, the file may not open or the file may open but not play.”

Convert unsupported MOV for QuickTime Player

If the MOV file is encoded with QuickTime Player not readable codec such as DNxHD MOV, Apple Prores MOV, etc, QuickTime Player will fail to open them. To fix this codec incompatible issue, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which assists you to batch convert multiple unsupported MOV files to QuickTime Player natively compatible QuickTime MOV files with fast conversion speed and perfect output file quality.

To get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

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Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is available on macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc. The program is quite simple to use, anyone can learn to use it in minutes. What’s more, it is very stable during the conversion process, there is no sudden crashes.

Step by Step to Convert Unsupported MOV to QuickTime Player

Step 1: Load MOV files into the program.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source MOV video files into the program.

 Load MOV files into the program

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select QuickTime Player best compatible “MOV – QuickTime(*.mov)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output QuickTime Player best compatible file format

Tips: Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Step 3: Start MOV to QuickTime Player conversion process.

Press the right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert MOV to QuickTime playable format video. When the conversion is completed, you will have no problems to play MOV files on QuickTime player.

When the conversion is completed, click “Open Output Folder” to pop out the folder with converted files.

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