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MOV Players for Mac/Windows/iOS/Android

by Brian Fisher

I have this '.mov' file, how do I open it?

The first time I encountered the '.mov' format was not actually using an Apple device, but when I was recording home video on a Kodak Digital camera, way back, technologically speaking, in 2009. Nowadays if you find yourself the proud owner of a .mov multimedia file, it's most likely to be encoded into the Apple proprietary '.mov', multimedia format, rather than the Kodak one.

Maybe a friend has sent you what they promise is a hilarious video that you simply must see, or you've recorded a file on your new camera. Regardless of how you came across it, the fact remains: You now find yourself staring at the file ''…. without a clue what to do with it!

"How do I open and play, or edit, a '.mov' file?? (aka: Where can I find a .mov player for my device?") Here is a brief rundown on some of the best free and paid '.mov' capable software available for your devices.

Best MOV Video Players

#1. QuickTime for Mac (FREE)

If you own a Mac, you will probably already have Quick Time Player. QuickTime has been built by Apple to play Apple (proprietary) formats, including format.

For most Mac owners this is a no-brainer. Its compatible, it's free, and it's probably already installed… Standard QuickTime will happily pla y your '.mov' files.

Cons:However it does not include the functionality to edit or record '.mov'files.

#2. VideoLan for Mac/Windows (FREE)

VideoLan, or VLC, is a popular open source multimedia player with an almost cult-like following. One of the reasons for this is VLC's ability to play just about any format, straight out of the box. This includes the .mov format. What many people like about VLC, is the fact that it contains most common video and audio codecs, built in, meaning unlike other software, you don't need to download and install separate codecs to play your media. If you like to have one application for most of your multimedia playback, for example audio and video in various formats, then VLC is the most likely to comply. It's simple, quick and easy to install, and does what it should. Like Standard QuickTime, VLC will play, but not edit, or record, .mov files.

Cons:VLC is not able to play MOV videos with original quality and you can't use VLC player on Mac with Mavericks.

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#3. QuickTime Pro for Mac (PAID)

If you own software such as Final Cut, or Logic Studio, you may have a QuickTime Pro license included with that software. The same reliability and compatibility of QuickTime standard, with a lot of extra functionality. QuickTime Standard is a reliable .mov player.

However if you are the kind of person who likes to take whatever you do to the limit, or who is always looking for ways to go one step further, you may find that QuickTime Pro is a worthwhile investment for you. QuickTime Pro is designed to put you in the driver's seat. Whether you want advanced playback options such as second screen output, or need to unleash your own creative genius, QuickTime Pro has been designed with you in mind. Create your own multimedia for web, author video in multiple formats including HD, put your audience in the centre of the action with surround audio, or stream 3G compatible media. Your only limit is your imagination!

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#4. Power Director (PAID)

If you have .mov files you want to include in your own creative endeavours CyberLinks' Power Director Software supports import of the .mov file type. Import your .mov, and other format files, then trim or cut those files, edit the video speed, quality, add titles, backgrounds, effects and transition. Once you have finished with your masterpiece, export it to Facebook, YouTube or a range of device formats....Or create a DVD Player compatible DVD, complete with menus and chapters. Great for combining video, audio or images from numerous sources/formats into one file.

Note: Can a bit 'crashy': Use with caution on PCs with limited Memory or CPU.

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#5. FileMaster (FREE)

One of my favourite apps for the iOS, simply because it gives me close to complete 'raw' file system access without jail breaking my device, also supports this format. Simply copy a .mov file onto your device via iTunes or another app, and place the file into the FileMaster File system. Then open FileMaster, locate the file and touch it. It should automatically open and play.

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#6. PlayablePRO (PAID)

A video player which supports just about any format. Simple to use, just copy the files via iTunes to the application. Optimised for the retina display, supports Wi-Fi transfer without additional download. Also supports 3rd party apps such as Drop Box, and video streaming.

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#7. BSPlayer for Android (FREE)

Despite its unfortunate sounding name, BSPlayer has been well reviewed overall. It supports a large range of formats, including '.mov'. As well as the standard free version there is a version specially built for ARM processors (often the 'Cinderella of Android devices, when it comes to App availability). The free version has less functionality than the paid, and is supported by ads.

BSPlayer Pro (PAID): Offers the same features as the free version without the ads, and with a number of extra features, including hardware-software tweaks such as a customisable audio amplification capable of up to 500% original audio and support for audio headsets, Bluetooth keyboards etc.

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How to Convert MOV Videos to Play on Your Device

If you don't want to get so much players on your device, there's an alternative option for you: transcoding MOV videos to your device playable formats with a MOV converter. UniConverter is such a powerful, comprehensive but easy to use converter that deserves your attention. It directly converts MOV videos to your MAC/Windows PC/iPhone/iPad and Android devices with original quality.

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Step 1. Import your MOV videos to the program

To start with, add your MOV videos to the software with drag & drop method or go to the "Flie" menu then choose "Load Media Files".

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Step 2. Choose video format or device you want to convert MOV videos to

In the format tray, go to "Device" tab and select output device, such as iPad Pro, iPhone (iPhone 7/7 Plus included), iPod, Samsung or other popular portable devices, you can select an output format according to your device name! For play MOV videos on Windows, you'd better choose "WMV" or "MP4" as the output format.

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Step 3. Process MOV conversion and enjoy the converted videos

Click the "Convert" button to start to convert MOV videos to different formats as you want. By the way, you can check here to learn more about how to play MOV videos on Windows PC.

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Brian Fisher

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