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.
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