Why Won’t VLC Media Player Play .mov Files

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions

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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, what should we do when VLC can't play MOV files? The quickest solution is to find another player and the most effective way is to convert MOV video to VLC-supported formats with a converter tool. Here we'd like to recommend Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate), the best MOV player and converter for both Windows and Mac system.

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How to Convert .MOV Files for Playing in VLC Media Player Using Wondershare UniConverter

Below are the detailed step-by-step instruction for your reference. You can play MOV files directly or convert to another format you want. First of all, you need to download Wondershare UniConverter and install it for free on your PC/Mac.

Step 1 Add MOV Files to VLC Alternative

Click the Add Files button under the Convert tab and then browse .MOV file from the local hard disk location. Select your desired files and click Open to load MOV video to the program. You can also use the dragging and dropping method here.

add mov files to play with vlc

Step 2 Play MOV Files Directly

After the MOV files have been added successfully, you can find the video thumbnail on the interface. Move your mouse to the video you want to play, and click the Play icon appears on the thumbnail. You can also trim, crop, rotate, and make other editing features as you like by clicking the edit icons.

play MOV video without VLC

Step 3 Select VLC-Compatible Format as Target Format

Open the drop-down format list from the Convert all files to: option, and then choose the Video > MP4 and select a video resolution in the right pane.

choose MP4 as output format

Step 4 Convert MOV Files for Playing with VLC

Click the Convert All button to start converting MOV to MP4 or other VLC-supported formats. Wondershare UniConverter 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.

convert MOV to VLC supported format

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. Free download Wondershare UniConverter and play your MOV files which VLC can't play easily.

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