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What is a mov file and how do I open a mov file?

MOV is a computer file format native to the QuickTime framework. The MOV file format is often used to save movie files and video clips to a hard drive or other media device. Files saved in MOV format are compressed, making them easier to download and stream. Many videos available online are distributed in MOV format, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Apple QuickTime Movie encoding specifications and data compression standards are integrated into video data which is stored in the MOV format, and video files saved in this format are appended with the .mov extension. Apple developed this proprietary set of video data encoding standards and compression specifications for digital movies or other video clips. MOV files are also able to be viewed with digital video players designed for both Mac platforms and Windows-based systems due to being embedded with cross compatibility support. Apple QuickTime Player and VLC Media Player can be used to open and view the content of these MOV files in both Mac platforms and Windows-based computers, and Windows Media Player is also integrated with playback functionality for .mov files.

MOV files can be converted to more standard media file formats with various media applications, such as VLC media player, which allows you to convert a MOV video to an .MP4 file.

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VLC (also known as Video Lan Organization) is a free and open source multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, including .MP4, .AVI, .MPG, .MKV, .RM, .RMVB, .WMV, .MP3, .H264, .MOV, .3GP, .OGG, .WAV, .DTS, .AAC and .FLV files. As well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC runs on most operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Detail mov file extension information:
File Type: mov
File Format: Apple QuickTime Movie
Primary Association: Digital Video Files
Mime Type: audio/aiff, audio/x-midi, audio/x-wav, image/mov, video/avi, video/quicktime, video/x-quicktime