Seen as a file format by the QuickTime player, MOV was developed by Apple Inc. in 1998. Manufactured and developed by It uses MPEG-4 codecs for compression and uses different tracks to store movie and other image files.

Each track should usually be encrypted with one or more types of codecs. Compared to other files, MOV file is a high loss compression form, but nevertheless, it is quite usable due to its high compatibility with different media players and editing tools.

It is not only compatible with the Macintosh platform but also works well on Windows PCs. Even some DVCPRO (a High definition DV format) files are also MOV videos.

Facts about MOV

  • MOV is a file format made especially for Quick Time Player, which means it works perfectly on Mac.
  • The MOV format is produced by Apple Inc. Later, MP4, which was developed on the basis of MOV, was also widely used as an international standard.
  • MOV and MP4 are quite similar in that they both use the MPEG-4 compression code, so they can be used interchangeably in the Apple QuickTime environment.
  • MOV is a fairly common format currently recognized by computers and applications and is suitable for file transfer.
  • MOV is suitable for video editing and streaming as it can adjust the basic elements individually.
  • MOV records multiple tracks separately from each other. It can separately improve audio and video quality, picture resolution, making editing an easy task.


MOV file can be played on different platforms thanks to its high compatibility and low storage space. It can be recognized on many different media platforms such as Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.


It has chosen a high lossy compression on MOV image files, which means the image quality cannot be the same as the original. Also, each track (audio, video, text) in the MOV file is encrypted using a specific codec. An application can play the file perfectly only if it can recognize said codec.

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