Why Won’t VLC Media Player Play .mov Files


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MOV is a video format developed and maintained by Apple, which is commonly used in QuickTime to save movies and other video files. Thus, it's quite easy to understand why MOV video has compatibility issues with most video players and there's no exception for VLC media player as well. So how can we play MOV files with VLC? The quickest solution is to convert MOV video to VLC-supported formats with a converter tool. Here we'd like to recommend Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, the best MOV converter for both Windows and Mac devices.


Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate - Your Complete Video Toolbox

  • Play MOV video files directly via inbuilt media player.
  • Convert MOV to 1000+ formats, like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
  • Convert MOV to optimized preset for almost all of the devices.
  • 30X faster conversion speed than any conventional converters.
  • Edit, enhance & personalize your videos file.
  • Download/record videos from 10000+ video sharing sites.
  • Burn video to playable DVD with attractive free DVD template
  • Stream your videos from Windows or Mac to other devices, including Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360 or PS3.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6

How to Convert .MOV Files for Playing in VLC Media Player Using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Below are the detailed step-by-step instruction for your reference.

Step 1 To play MOV files, you need to download the program first. After installation, launch it by double clicking on the program icon. You will see interface of the program now like the picture below.

play mov file with vlc

Step 2 Click the add files button under Convert tab and then browse the .MOV file from the local hard disk location. Select your desired file and click Open to load MOV video to the program.

play mov file with vlc

Step 3 Then the MOV file will be added to the convert tab of Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. Now turn to Target section and click the Inverted triangle icon icon to expand output format list, select any VLC supported format here now, take .MP4 for example, click Video > MP4 > select a video resolution in the right.

play mov file with vlc

Step 4 Click Convert or Convert All button to start converting MOV to MP4 or other VLC-supportd formats.

play mov file with vlc

Step 5 Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will convert your video at 30x faster speed, and you can easily tell the remaining time through the purple progress bar. When the conversion completes, you can switch to the Converted tab to fetch the converted MOV files.

play mov with vlc

Now you can add the converted MOV video to VLC media player for smooth playback! If you're too lazy to follow the simple steps above, you can also try to play MOV video with the program's built-in player, all you need is to add MOV video to the program and click on the play icon.

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