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How to Play MOV Files on Windows 10? MOV from DSLR/DJI/iPhone etc.

On Microsoft or VideoHelp forum, you will see numerous complaints about MOV video not playing on Windows 10, including "MOV files recorded by iPhone, DJI drones, DSLR cameras won’t show up in Windows 10", "MOV only audio but no video", "MOV won’t open with error code 0xc00d5212/0xc00d36b4/0xc0036c4", etc.

How to play MOV files on Windows 10 after you have tried VLC and Windows Media Player but failed? You might say, why not install QuickTime Player to play MOV on Windows 10? Unfortunately, you are out of luck. Apple QuickTime is not officially available for Windows 10 as of January 2016. That said, you need some help to play MOV files on Windows 10 and Windows 8/7 as well.

Windows 10 can't open MOV videos

[Solved] MOV not Playing on Windows 10? Convert MOV to Windows 10 Supported Formats

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can help convert MOV files encoded with HEVC or ProRes up to 4K/HD to MP4, WMV, AVI, H.264, etc. that Windows 10 supports. No matter your MOV videos are recorded by iPhone, GoPro, DJI or downloaded from online, you can play them on Windows 10 with Windows Media Player or VLC successfully after MOV to MP4 conversion.

Why Is It So Hard to Play MOV File on Windows 10?

  • In fact, a large number of video formats including MOV are supported by Windows 10. Though MOV is listed as one of Windows supported formats, Windows 10 doesn’t support MOV video files encoded in modern codecs like ProRes codec, H.265/HEVC, AV1, ProRes, VP9, etc., which leading to the error of Windows 10 not playing MOV files.
  • MOV is a container format developed by Apple to save video, audio, timecode, and text in different tracks, which can be used to store and synchronize different types of media. That said, if there is any element Windows 10 can’t handle, you can’t open MOV on Windows 10.
  • The video resolution of MOV is getting higher and higher, and newer codec has been added to MOV. For example, Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras shot videos in MOV @ 4K & FHD, JVC cameras use MOV in Prores or H.264, iPhone and DJI drones save videos in MOV HEVC/H.264. However, the myriad of recording settings involving 4K, 2.7K & 1080P, 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 4K FOV, etc. makes it even harder to play MOV files on Windows 10/8/7.
  • MOV footages captured by cameras always come in large file size, so there may be choppy or lagging MOV video playback on Windows 10.

So, How to play MOV files on Windows 10 successfully and smoothly? Below are four workable ways to help play MOV videos on Windows computer that you can make use of.

Method 1. Convert MOV to Windows Media Player Formats on Windows 10

Considering the complicated factors in MOV files, such as 4K & HD, high frame rates 60fps, 120fps, large file size, and advanced codecs H.265, Prores, etc., the best way to open MOV files on Windows 10 and import MOV recordings to HitFilm, Vegas Pro, or other editors is to firstly convert MOV into Windows 10-supported formats.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can handle 4K/HD MOV files well. It supports MOV files (Prores, H.265, H.264, etc.) recorded by iPhone, DJI drones, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, other DSLR cameras and lets you convert MOV into Windows 10 formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, 3GP, and 370+ video/audio codecs so as to let Windows 10 play MOV video files smoothly. The unique Level-3 hardware acceleration can process 4K & large MOV files smoothly with fast speed, no stutters or freezes. The advanced compression engine also allows up to 90% smaller file size.

Step 1. Download and install WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on Windows 10 PC or earlier Windows systems. Then launch the software and click "+Video" to load your MOV files.

Step 2. The Windows 10 MOV converter will accept MOV files in any codecs, resolutions, frame rates. Once loaded, the "Output Profile" window pops up. Scroll down the list and select a Windows 10 friendly format like MP4, AVI, WMV.

Step 3. Then "OK", set an output folder. Check the Hardware Accelerator on the interface to speed up the converting. Then click RUN and start to convert MOV to Windows 10 formats. Then you should be able to play MOV videos with Windows Media Player on Windows 10 or 8/7.

Convert MOV to Windows 10
Convert MOV to Windows 10

Note: When you double-click a video, it will open in Movies & TV app instead of Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player is not removed from Windows 10, it's still here for you to play MOV files on Windows 10. But you have to pay for it. To find Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 10, click Start button > go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features > Add a feature > Windows Media Player, and select Install.

Method 2. Play MOV Files on Windows 10 by Downloading MOV Codec

The lack of necessary codecs of MOV variations is the main reason why Windows 10 can't open MOV files. To watch and play MOV files on Windows 10, simply download and install third-party codec packs like K-Lite Codec Pack. K-Lite Codec Pack is a popular codec pack that supports various video formats including MOV, MKV, etc. It will add MOV codec for Windows 10, but you should note that it won't work with the Movies & TV app.

Step 1. Go to its official download site to download it > run the installer and then you will see the window below, select and download the K-Lite Codec Pack mode > click Next.

Download MOV Codec for Windows 10

Step 2. Then you need to select your preferred video player. Select Windows Media Player to open and play MOV files on Windows 10. If you don't want to install a third-party player MPC-HC, make sure you uncheck the box.

Step 3. Select the Decoding method, codecs like H.264, HEVC, VP9, etc. and other settings like language. You can just leave the preset settings as the defulat and finish the installation. After that, run Windows Media Player 12 and you should be able to play MOV videos on Windows 10.

Install MOV Codec for Windows 10

Method 3. Install QuickTime for Windows 10 MOV Video Playback

As a format from Apple, QuickTime should play MOV videos on Windows 10 without installing MOV codec pack for Windows 10 or convert MOV to other formats. Though mentioned earlier, QuickTime is not discontinued for Windows, you can still get QuickTime for Windows 10 from the official download page of the latest version QuickTime 7.7.9. Note that QuickTime 7 is for Windows 7 or Vista, so there are chances that you might encounter some samll glitches using QuickTime on Window 10 or other systems to play MOV videos.

To download QuickTime for Windows 10, go to the official download page. Download and install QuickTime on Windows 10, then open the MOV files with it on Windows 10.

Install QuickTime for Windows 10

Method 4. Try Another MOV File Player for Windows 10

Besides Windows Media Player and QuickTime, there are other MOV video players for Windows 10. Considering the MOV files that may come in 4K, 1080P, 60fps, and HEVC, ProRes codecs, etc. from DJI, DSLR, other modern devices, you'd better choose a powerful Windows 10 MOV player that supports video resolution up to 4K.

5KPlayer - a free and lightweight video player that is designed for 4K and high-res videos in MOV, HEVC, MP4, MKV, any other formats. The support for DXVA2, Intel QSV, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware acceleration allows it to play MOV videos on Windows 10 without stutters, freezes, A/V out of sync, and any other errors. It has MOV support built-in, so MOV codec for Windows 10 is not required.

5KPlayer

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Windows 10 support MOV files?

Apple QuickTime is not officially available for Windows 10 as of January 2016, which means Windows 10 supports MOV with the help of newer QuickTime. However, since QuickTime 7.7.9, there are no new updates for QuickTime on Windows, meaning that you may need some help to play MOV files on Windows 10. For example, you need download HEVC codec, ProRes codec, or AV1 codec for Windows 10 as these MOV codecs are too new for Windows Media Player on Windows 10 to handle. Otherwise, convert MOV to MP4 H.264 that is more compatible to Windows 10 and Windows Media Player.

2. How do I play MOV files on Windows 10?

To play MOV videos on Windows 10 by default with Windows Media Player, you are suggested to install MOV codec or convert MOV to Windows Media Player supported formats at the very beginning. Alternatively, you can throw your MOV files at a third-party MOV file player like VLC and 5KPlayer to play at will.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Kaley Torres

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Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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