How to Play MOV Videos on Microsoft Windows Tablet Surface RT/Pro 3 and 4

[Latest Updated: Nov. 9 2018 by Kistent Waung to Video converting]

Convert Play MOV on Surface Tab

Get idea on how to play MOV videos on Microsoft Windows Tablet Surface RT/Pro 3 and 4.

Question MarkI hope there are 3rd party apps or driver updates for the RT to play more than just wmv and mkv format. Can't believe it won't play MOV out of the box.

Question Mark When I click play now, the program indicates 'now playing'. However, there is no sound or video playback. Does anyone know what this conflict is with Windows 8 and my MOV videos?

Cannot Play MOV Videos on Surface Pro or RT Tablet?

Microsoft's new Windows-based Surface is a tablet that has a unique expression of entertainment and creativity. Indeed, there are two versions: Surface RT and Surface Pro (Pro vs RT), with Display resolutions (X/Y) of 1366 px/768 px and 1920 px/1080 px, respectively. However, it has been complained for incapability of playing 1080 Bluray M2TS videos, YouTube FLV videos, QuickTime MOV videos, etc.

Please read the following tutorial on playing QuickTime MOV video on Surface RT/Pro 4 in full screen.

Software for MOV to Surface Video Transferring

If you try to use HandBrake to free convert MOV to Surface, you will find there is no specific profile for Surface, since HandBrake is no more than a video transcoder freeware for Apple (and has few Android profiles).

To play QuickTime HD video (.mov) on Microsoft Surface tablet, there are two tools that can do it for you. VideoProc converts MOV to Surface Pro MP4 or WMV file format in low, mid or high video quality at 720x1280 resolution. Here we take using the best video processing software - VideoProc as an example.

Guide on How to Convert QuickTime MOV to Surface Tab

First, please FREE download VideoProc for PC (it also has Mac version), then install it on your computer, and launch it before converting videos.

Step 1: Click "+ Video" to add the QT/MOV video, and the software will display the video information for you.

Step 2: In the Output Profile window, choose "Microsoft Device", and choose Microsoft Surface Video or Surface Pro profile as the target one. As shown in the screenshot below, VideoProc offers 5 options to meet any need of MOV to Surface conversion.

1) Microsoft Surface Video (WMV2 + WMAV2)
2) Microsoft Surface Pro (H.264 + AAC) | 3) Microsoft Surface Laptop (H.264 + AAC)
4) Microsoft Surface Book (H.264 + AAC) | 5) Microsoft Surface Studio (H.264 + AAC)

Convert MOV to Surface Tablet on Windows (10)

Step 3: Edit video if necessary, and then click "Browse" to set the destination folder for the output video that has been converted for your Surface Pro or RT.

Step 4: Tap "Run" to start converting MOV video to Microsoft Surface supported video. After the conversion is completed, you may transfer video to your device for offline playback without worries about video format incompatibility and resolution mismatch any more.

Besides converting MOV, you can also convert any other videos like M2TS, MKV, MOD, FLV, AVI, RM, RMVB, VOB, ASF, 3GP, etc. to Surface products, Xbox One, Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Apple iPhone iPad, Samsung, HTC and Sony devices.

VideoProc Box


All in one: a fast video/audio/DVD converter, a video editor, a video compressor, a video recorder, and YouTube video downloader. It helps cut, crop, merge, adjust, and process (4K) videos with Full Hardware Acceleration.

User Guide | Mobile users go to this page.

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What is Microsoft Surface? - Surface is a series of touchscreen Windows personal computers and interactive whiteboards designed and developed by Microsoft...

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About the Author

Author - Kistent Waung    Kistent Waung@kistent2014

Joined Digiarty for 4 years as a website editor and technical writer, she focuses on giving readers all-around but lifestyle tech reviews & tips on hot gadgets and multimedia solutions. In the leisure time, she has a mania for baseball and transcendental meditation.

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