Can’t Play MOV File on Mac? Here’re Reasons and Fixes

MOV is natively supported by Apples QuickTime Player which is bundled with Mac for ages. Therefore theoretically, you shouldnt have much difficulty in playing MOV files on Mac Pro, MacBook, Mac Mini, and iMac. However, it is not that simple as MOV file is not compatible with QuickTime sometimes because of codec issue so that your QuickTime Player cant open MOV on Mac.

I have a black MacBook and a 27″ iMac and a video camera that shoots to .MOV files. I had been able to view the movie files on both computers as well as edit them in iMovie. After a software update from Apple I was unable to view the files any more. I can hear the audio, but the screen is black.

A MOV file can be opened by locating the file and just double-clicking it. The file automatically opens in your primary video player, which by default is Apple’s QuickTime Player.

How to Fix QuickTime Player Can’t Open MOV Files? [3 Methods]

[Solved] Mac Can’t Play MOV? Convert MOV to QuickTime MOV to Play on Mac Successfully

In most cases, your Mac cant play MOV files but receive error message “QuickTime Player cant open .. MOV” or “The file isnt compatible with QuickTime Player”. Becasue your MOV or video file is encoded with codecs that QuickTime does not support, accordingly, you should convert MOV to QuickTime format so as to play the files on Mac without problems. And HD Video Converter Deluxe can help you.

Below weve summarized several typical problems along with the error message “QuickTime Player cant open .. MOV” or “The file isnt compatible with QuickTime Player”:

  • Mac wont play .mov files that are taken with iPhone, drone, DSLR camera, etc.
  • Mac wont read .mov files that are edited in Adobe Premiere, After Effects, iMovie, etc.
  • Mac QuickTime player cannot open MOV files after getting a software update.
  • Mac only plays the first frame or the first second of MOV file.
  • So, how to solve these MOV not playing on Mac or QuickTime Player cant open MOV errors? Below we will give the explanations.

    Part 1. Why You Can’t Play MOV File on Mac with QuickTime?

    Reason 1. The MOV file could not be a valid media file.

    When Mac QuickTime cannot open your .mov file, firstly you need to check the video information with Finder or MediaInfo and see if the file size or the duration is normal or not. If the file size is in 0kb or only in a few kb or the duration of the video is 0:00, your .mov video possibly has been emptied/corrupted and certainly wont be played with QuickTime, VLC or any other media player on Mac. >> Check how to repair corrupted and unplayable MOV files

    Reason 2. The MOV file is created using an incompatible format.

    If the file size and duration are fine, you need to check the video and audio codecs that are used to encode your MOV file. MOV container format could be encoded with a legacy Apple proprietary compression format or a format that Mac doesnt support.

    The support for a wide range of legacy codecs has been discontinued with the release of the Mac OS X Mavericks. If your MOV files are compressed with legacy codecs, you can try installing the old QuickTime Player 7 on Mac, or use QuickTime Xs conversion feature to upgrade the legacy codecs to modern codecs (H.264/AAC). If these solutions dont work for you, you can try a more powerful MOV video player like 5KPlayer or use WinX HD Video Converter for Mac to convert MOV, no matter what codecs it use and what resolution it is, to Mac supported formats.

    Part 2. How to Convert MOV for Playback on Mac?

    Step 1. Download the .dmg file of HD Video Converter Deluxe for Mac and install it. This software is fully compatible with macOS Big Sur and lower. Then launch it and click the “+ Video” button to import the MOV file that cant be played on Mac.

    Step 2. At the Output Profile panel, choose a video format that Mac can recognize, such as MP4 and MOV with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec.

    Step 3. Hit “RUN” to begin converting MOV to Mac playable format. HD Video Converter Deluxe features super fast conversion speed by taking advantage of Intel/NVIDIA/AMD GPU acceleration.

    Apart from converting MOV to QuickTime/Mac supported file formats, HD Video Converter Deluxe can also convert MOV to MP4, AVI, WMV, iPhone (11), iPad (Pro), Samsung Galaxy S10, Xbox, PS4 and other devices for profiles, as well as convert other video formats to MOV. In addition to converting file formats, this program can also compressing videos (e.g., shrinking 4K to 1080p for smooth playback), cropping, cutting and merging videos, downloading online videos, recording screen and webcam, and making photo slideshow videos.

    Free download HD Video Converter Deluxe to help play .mov on Mac in any free MOV video player and do other things!

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