Does VLC Play MOV Files?
Submitted by David Nield
In The Beginning
VLC Media Player is a free, open-source media player developed by the VideoLAN team and available to download from The player is able to cope with a wide variety of video and audio formats, including the QuickTime MOV format. Any video files encoded with a .mov extension should be compatible with VLC Media Player. If the file doesn't work, encode it into a different format using a third-party tool before trying again.
The Main Steps
VLC Media Player is capable of playing audio and video files encoded in many different formats and file containers. It makes use of a simple, straightforward interface and comes with a basic playlist manager and a graphic equalizer to change the audio levels in real-time. Support for video features such as chapter markers and subtitling is also included. VLC Media Player is able to tune into online audio and video streams too, and as with local media files, many common protocols are supported.
Among the video formats supported by VLC Media Player are MOV, MPEG, DivX, XviD, H.261, H.263, H.263i, H.264, Windows Media Video, RealVideo, Indeo Video, MP4, AVI, MKV and the Digital Video (DV) format used by most modern digital camcorders. In addition, the software can open DVD discs and is compatible with most digital TV tuners. Most online video streams are also supported by VLC Media Player, as well as a lengthy list of audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and MIDI.
The latest version of VLC Media Player is available to download from Launch the setup program and follow the instructions on screen to install the software. With the application on screen, select "Media" and then "Open File." Pick the relevant MOV file from the subsequent dialog box. If you wish to queue up several videos to watch in a row, click the "Show playlist" icon at the bottom of the interface, then right-click in the playlist window and choose "Add File."
Problems with opening MOV files in VLC Media Player can be caused by a badly encoded file, by missing codecs on the host system, or by a corrupted VLC Media Player installation. Re-encode the video in a free program such as HandBrake to see if this solves the problem. You may have to download additional codecs in order to play certain file types in VLC Media Player, and links to codec packs, together with further troubleshooting advice and information, can be found in the VideoLAN Help and Support Center.

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