Everyone hates a file extension that they don't understand. The dreaded, "What program would you like to use to open this program?" Well we're here to help you out. Specifically, about the file extension, ".MOV." What is this file extension? .Mov is a movie file, as you might have guessed. It is most often created and run on a Macintosh computer, which would cause some problems if you have a PC.
One of the programs that opens .MOV files is Quicktime. It is a free download in its basic version, however a Pro version can be bought. The basic form is limited to basic playback, while the Pro Version (sold by apple for $29.95 USD) can cut, copy, paste, and more along with its playback. The Pro Version can also export and save in many formats, tailored for various playback options, such as Personal playback, online video sharing, and iPods.
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The way a .MOV file works is in a multi-track format. These tracks Are Audio, Video, and Text (subtitles, titles). The reason for this is it makes each track interchangeable (in other words, the video editable in such ways as swapping audio tracks, and editing the video but not audio) only in Quicktime. This way, you are better convinced to purchase the Pro Version of Quicktime, where this can be easily performed.
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More Info Regarding File Extension Mov
In most cases, you won't want to open a .MOV file on a PC. Since it was made for and by a mac, it will produce various problems. A much better solution would be to use a freeware program to convert the .MOV file to a .WMV (Windows Media Video). These files are opened on a PC no hassle, since they are easily opened in Windows Media Player, a free program that comes on every PC.
Once you have our .MOV file converted into a nice, easy to use .WMV, simply open it in Windows Media Player by right clicking, going down to "Open With," then selected Windows Media Player. It's That easy.
Your new .WMV file can also be opened in Windows Movie Maker, a program that comes on all Windows Systems. It allows you to edit, ad transitions, effects, titles, import audio, and many other types of editing methods to work with your file. As you can see, being able to open your .WMV file in Windows Movie Maker allows you to edit .MOV files in the long run at no cost, since the Conversion programs can be found free of charge, with a simple Google Search.
As far as openign your .MOV file in Quicktime, most errors can be easily solved. imply update your version of Quicktime. If you have a .MOV file made in Quicktime 7, bu t you're running Quicktime 5, the file won't open. Many times, the error message will even say Old error, which should be an obvious clue. Updating your Quicktime version is free if you already have Quicktime. Updating your Quicktime version can be done through the apple website, it's no hassle.
As you can see, there is a lot to know about the .MOV file extension, but when it comes down to it, much can be done through any platform at no cost. The ability to open in Quickktime, convert to .WMV, and open in such programs as Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker makes .MOV a very versatile file type. It's also one of the easier file types to work with. Next time you get a message on your screen saying Windows can't open this type of file, you won't have to fret. You will know exactly how to handle a .MOV file extension.