- Part 1: What are MOV files?
- Part 2: How to play MOV files on Mac?
- Part 3: How to convert MOV to MP4, AVI, MOV, etc. on Mac?
The MOV file format is a MPEG 4 video format first released in 1998 and is used in Apple's Quicktime program, which is a media player similar to Windows Media Player. Like WMV (Windows Media Video) the .MOV format is only connected with Quicktime.
The MOV file extension normally represents a QuickTime multimedia file. QuickTime is a movie/video/multimedia format developed by Apple and is often used in websites, mostly for streaming audio or video.
The QuickTime (.MOV ) file is known as a multimedia container file which contains one or more tracks stroring video, audio, effects, or text (e.g. for subtitles). Each track contains not only a digitally-encoded media stream, but also a data reference to the media stream located in another file.
It is easy to play MOV videos. You can use VLC player and QuickTime Player which allows Mac and Windows users to view QuickTime multimedia either inside or outside of their web browser.
If you want to watch MOV files on some portable media players, like smartphones HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, PSP and so on, you have to convert MOV on Mac (Mavericks Mountain Lion, Lion included) to other formats, say MP4, because MOV files are not compatible with these devices. Of course, an app, like MOV converter Mac is indispensable. Here are the brief steps for how to convert MOV on Mac by using the MOV Video Converter for Mac.
Download and install the MOV Converter for Mac
You can download it for free:
To install it, simply mount the .dmg archive by double-clicking it, and drag the Mac MOV converter to your applications folder (or wherever you want it ).
Add Videos to the Mac MOV Converter
Drag & drop MOV videos to the Mac MOV Converter. Or you can go to the "File" menu, choose "Load Media Files" and navigate to the files you want to add.
Start to Convert MOV on Mac OS X
Before you convert MOV on Mac, you should choose the output format for the videos. You can find the one you need to choose in the format tray of the MOV converter Mac.
Since the MOV converter Mac has preset some devices as the output format, you can directly choose the corresponding device as the output format if you want to watch the output files on the device.
You can also extract audio from MOV to MP3 on Mac with this Mac MOV converter. What's more, editing, cropping and triming video files are available too. You will know how to do it by going to How to edit, crop, trim video files and capture pictures on Mac OS X?
After all is done, you can press the "Convert" button to get everything done. The MOV Video Converter for Mac could convert MOV on Mac automatically for you.
Note: You can also use this MOV Converter Mac to convert all videos such as MP4, VOB, AVI, WMV, M2TS/MTS to MOV on Mac (Mavericks and Mountain Lion supported).