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QuickTime Won't Play MOV Solution - Convert MOV to QuickTime Format

MOV to QuickTime Converter - Convert QuickTime Unplayable MOV to QuickTime Supported MOV or MP4


Though QuickTime claims to support MOV, sometimes we still run into can't open MOV in QuickTime or the opened MOV only plays audio but no video, or QuickTime won't play MOV at all. Does QuickTime play MOV files? Why QuickTime play some MOV files while cannot play other MOV files?

The following article just aims to explain why QuickTime won't play MOV files (especially the MOV files recorded with digital camcorder) as well as introduce a solution to play any MOV with QuickTime on Mac or Windows.

Why QuickTime won't play MOV?

MOV is a media container format which may contain dozens of different video and audio codecs. However, QuickTime only supports MOV file encoded with MPEG-4 or H.264 video and AAC audio. If your MOV files whatever recorded with digital camera or downloaded from website or received from others encoded with QuickTime incompatible video or audio codec, you will encounter cannot play MOV on QuickTime or QuickTime only play MOV with audio but no video.

How to Solve Can't Play MOV in QuickTime?

Usually, there are two methods to solve QuickTime won't play MOV video files:

Method 1: Install the corresponding video or audio codec needed for playback the MOV video that QuickTime does not support. In this method, you must first check the inspector or info windows to see what codec are contained within the MOV videos, then download and install this codec.

Method 1: Convert QuickTime unsupported MOV to QT more compatible MOV or MP4 with iDealshare VideoGo. This method is recommended. For it not only solve cannot play MOV in QuickTime, but also solve cannot MOV in iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, it even solves cannot play AVI, WMV, MPG, MKV, VOB, 3GP, RMVB, FLV, and etc in QuickTime.

How to Convert MOV to QuickTime Format?

The following article will introduce a detailed guide on how to convert QuickTime unplayable MOV to QuickTime compatible MOV or MP4 on Mac or Windows.

Make Preparation: Launch MOV to QuickTime Converter

Free download the ideal MOV to QuickTime Converter - iDealshare VideoGo (Mac Version, Windows Version ), install and run it, the following main interface will pop up.

MOV to QuickTime Converter for Mac - iDealshare VideoGo

Step 1 Import MOV files QuickTime won't play

Click the "Add File" button to import the MOV video files that QuickTime can't play open or play properly.

This wonderful MOV to QuickTime Converter also supports drag and drop function and supports batch converting MOV to QuickTime format.

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Step 2 Select QuickTime supported format

Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select QuickTime more supported 'MOV QuickTime Video (*.mov)' or MP4 MPEG-4 Video(*.mp4) from the "General Video" category.

Step 3 Convert MOV to QuickTime

Click the "Convert" button to start and finish converting MOV to QuickTime more playable video format.


After finish the MOV to QuickTime format conversion, you can easily play the unsupported MOV file with QuickTime. And there is no need to worry QuickTime MOV playback symptoms just like below:

  • After editing my MOV files with Avid, my MOV is encoded with DVC Pro HD Codec which I my QuickTime do not support to play.
  • I've just upgraded to Mavericks and my latest problem is that QuickTime will no longer open my .mov files and show the error: The document "home-movie.mov" could not be opened. A required codec isn't available.
  • I did a short 5:46 film which was edited on Avid Media Composer and exported to a 16MB USB drive as a .mov file. When I try to open it on my Macbook Air, QuickTime says the codec is not supported. I believe it's DNxHD codec. How do I get it to play?
  • I recorded my information in MOV format from a video camera onto a 16 GB SDHC card. I put it my Mac to play with QuickTime only to find a notification came up that said "The document "003_0223_01.MOV" could not be opened. The movie is not in a format that QuickTime Player understands."
  • When I try to play MOV in QuickTime on My Windows computer, it can only play audio with a grey screen or even no video.
  • I have couple of .mov format files provided by my client. I am not able to play the file in QuickTime player 10.1 in Max OS X v10.7 Lion.