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What is MOV

What Is MOV

MOV is an audio and video file type that was developed by Apple Inc. and is primarily used with the company's QuickTime media player. QuickTime Movie (.mov, .qt) functions as a multimedia container file that contains one or more tracks, each of which stores a particular type of data: audio, video, effects, or text (e.g. for subtitles). Each track either contains a digitally-encoded media stream (using a specific codec) or a data reference to the media stream located in another file. MOV isn't limited to Macintosh operating systems. It's also commonly used in Windows systems, and other types of computing platforms.

The ability to contain abstract data references for the media data, and the separation of the media data from the media offsets and the track edit lists means that they can be easily edited - no need to rewrite all media data after editing. Other later-developed media container formats such as Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format or the open source OGG and Matroska containers like MKV lack this abstraction, and require all media data to be rewritten after editing.

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