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[Solved] MOV File Won't Play on Mac/Windows

Posted by Kaylee Wood | Last update: April 28, 2020

"My new Acer laptop Windows 10 won't play MOV files, neither would my Asus computer. How to solve MOV won't play problem? And how to play MOV files on Mac/Windows?" If you encounter similar issues concerning MOV, continue your reading to get the specific solution.

The direct way to solve MOV won't play problem is to allocate the real cause. And the possible reasons are no other than the listed 3 points no matter for macOS or Windows users.

Easiest Solution to MOV File Won't Play

With various built-in video audio codecs, 5KPlayer is capable of playback almost all codecs contained in MOV format, including MPEG-4, MPEG-HD, Xvid, DivX, Cinepak, Indeo, DV, etc. On top of that, enjoy MOV file free download and stream to Apple TV seamless for better visual effect.

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You are also suggested to convert MOV to MP4 to play MOV files on Mac and Windows 11/10 >>

Common MOV File Won't Play on Mac Problems List.

"I was sent a file called IMG_1263.MOV that should be a video clip that's a couple minutes long. But when I try to open it, it says that Quicktime Player can't open it. I clicked "tell me more" to see if there was any software to help me open it but the website wasn't very helpful. I tried opening it with VLC which it opens, but nothing actually shows up or plays. I thought that maybe my system was just out of date so I updated to Yosemite but it's made no difference. I tried renaming the file to a .Mp4 but no luck. This is a project I'm trying to do for work with a deadline and I don't know what to try next. Help!"

.mov extensions won't play in Window's 8.1: It won't play in media player, real player or TOSHIBA Media Player. Toshiba MP say 'Error occurred during playback'

Windows Media Player won't play a .MOV file: "I have a new Dell laptop loaded with Windows 7 Professional and the Windows Media Player won't play an '.MOV' video file fully (the video appears but no audio). I am told by Microsoft that Windows Media Player won't play a MOV file and I need VLC Codec add on or alternate player that will play the MOV file. Whats the best solution and if its to download a VLC Codec, then what is the best source?"

Against all the MOV file won't play problems out there, a compact and free MOV video player for Windows (10) and Mac (macOS Mojave) to get rid of all problems once and for all.

Possible 3 Reasons to MOV Won't Play Problem:

Player software not supporting codecs contained in MOV: some players like QuickTime only supports MOV file encoded with MPEG-4 or H.264 video and AAC audio. If a H265 codec is contained, the player won't open MOV as a result. Therefore, QuickTime won't play MOV can be easily understood. In this case, one can simply convert the video codec into general supported h.264 ACC or install additional codec packs or just change a media player instead. Usually problems like .mov won't play in VLC, won't play on PC Windows, won't play on Mac iPhone Android can be categorized under this major reason.

How to solve MOV won't play in this case?

For those who want to change to another powerful media player, here we recommend you professional free MOV player – 5KPlayer. This AirPlay media player supports almost all codecs including h265 h264 VP8 VP9, *. mov file in its raw form and even corrupted MOV videos, etc.
For those who want to stick with the current media player, you can install codec packs like cccp, K-Lite, CoreAAC Directshow etc to help with the decoding. For specific guide on codec pack for each player you can refer to MPC codec pack guide, VLC codec pack download guide and windows media player codec guide respectively.
Codec conversion is another way to solve the problem directly but also requiring extra assistant from converters like WinX video converter or MacX converter. What 5KPlayer can do here is limited to you convert file to MP3 instantly if that is your aim.

Also Read:
Solve MP4 not playing in QT;
MKV WMV won't play in QT;
Solve VLC wont play MKV;

Low Computer Specs or Bad Sectors on Hard Disk: If you are attempting to play 4K 8K 10bit MOV videos or even 12bit, check whether your PC Mac supports high-res high-bitrate files. Also, certain MOV files cannot play on your computers if there are bad sectors on your hard disk.

MOV File Damage: MOV files can also get corrupted and unplayable if there is any interruption while download or transfer, or even severely speaking virus infection which can damage the whole MOV structure. Header corruption is a typical among those common file corruptions.

How to solve MOV won't play in above cases?

In the above two cases, you can use Mediainfo to check MOV file status and check your computer specs and its well-being status. If it is the problem of your computer, you can change to another one with higher specs, however, if it is the problem of the file itself, then you can either ditch it or fix it. To fix the corrupted MOV files, a slew of file repair software can be applied according to the level of corruption, popular ones like faasoft and yodot can do some help.

This MOV file player is a real dealer as to MOV playback ability and the compatibility of various codecs on both Mac and PC. In addition to that, it supports tons of online sites for MOV movie video free download and stream. Feel free to contact our support if you have any trouble using 5KPlayer to open MOV files.

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