Opening MOV files

Did your computer fail to open a MOV file? We explain what MOV files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your MOV files.

What is a MOV file?

The .mov file format is often used to save movie files and video clips to a user's hard drive or other media device. It is the file extension that is used by the QuickTime media software that is distributed by Apple. Files that are saved in .mov format are compressed, making it easier to download and stream video from the Internet to your computer or portable media device. Many of the movies and videos that are available online are distributed in .mov format.

The .mov file format was initially developed by Apple, although it is now compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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