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Fix VLC MOV Playback Troubles

VLC media player is one of the best third party media file players available today which can easily play almost all kinds of media files on almost all computing devices. Have you ever tried to play MOV files in VLC media player? If yes, you must feel frustrated and confused at being unable to play .MOV files in VLC. Why my VLC can"t play MOV videos? How to Successfully Play MOV Files on VLC Player? In that condition, we are going to provide this guide on how to play .MOV files on VLC media player.

Addressing MOV File Unable to Play in VLC issues

Common Questions When Using VLC to Play MOV Video Files:

Q: "I download a VLC player but when I stream my MOV file to it, there is only video image but no sound."

Q: MOV files with Apple’s QuickTime codec included will not play on Windows VLC player, how could this happen?"

Q: I have a bunch of .MOV files that every time I try to play with VLC, I get this message over and over: No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "m2v1".

Why VLC Can't Play MOV File? Keep reading and you'll find the answers soon.

MOV, being a famous and world-wide accepted media file format, should by easily playable on VLC. However, in rare cases, the QuickTime MOV file causes glitches with VLC media player while playing it. Some of the known causes can be:

1. MOV Videos Are Damaged or Corrupted

MOV file is much likely to be damaged when it is suddenly disrupted while downloading or copying in the course of the process. But you can still fix it by using some effective video repair tools, or cover the damaged file with a newly downloaded one.

2. MOV Video Is Encrypted

An encrypted (like DRM) MOV file cannot be played in VLC player. But you can download DRM removal software or play the MOV file in some specific programs.

3. Codec Issues

MOV container uses many kinds of video & audio coding formats. A .MOV file encoded by H.264/AAC is compatible with most of the players, editors and devices on market. However, the MOV file with other codecs may be not so lucky. Like MOV Apple's QuickTime codec that is not compatible with Windows system while VLC player also uses its own set of video codec. In this case, a failed .MOV VLC playback is inevitable.

To settle down this codec problem, besides downloading a codec pack for VLC, MOV to VLC Converter will be a good helper and the best choice for you.

Fix VLC not able to play MOV file issues with MOV to VLC Converter

Using Pavtube Video Converter is the best option to resolve VLC can’t play MOV file issues on Windows. This tool has enhanced media compatibility with MOV files encoded with various different video and audio codec. To save your precious time, you can load multiple MOV files with different codec at one time, and batch convert them to VLC Media Player best playable file formats like MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 video codec or AAC, AC3, MP3 audio codec.

Output best playback setting for VLC

To achieve the best playback settings on VLC, you can flexibly tweak the video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels, etc.

To get your desired video playback effect on VLC, you can also use the program to edit MOV video by trimming or cutting video length, crop unwanted black bars or area, add video/image/transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effect, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitle or remove/replace audio in video, etc.

For Mac users, please turn to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to fix VLC MOV playback troubles on macOS High Sierra.

How to Transcode MOV for Playback in VLC

Steps to resolve MOV file not playing in VLC issues using Pavtube Video Converter:

Step 1: Import MOV Files to VLC MOV Converter

Launch Pavtube Video Converter. Firstly, preset an output folder for the MOV file you want to convert at the bottom of the interface. Then, click on "Add File" button to select the MOV video from a certain folder or directly drag it to the interface. Meanwhile you can simultaneously add several videos because batch conversion is also supported.

Step 2: Select output format for VLC

Click "Format", from its drop-down option, choose one of VLC best playable video formats such as "H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)" from "HD Video" main category. H.265 MP4 is OK for the latest version of VLC.

Step 3: Adjust output playback settings for VLC

Click "Settings" on the main interface to open "Profile Settings" window to tweak the output video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels, etc according to your own needs.

Step 4: Edit MOV video

Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

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Step 5: Carry out the conversion process

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to convert MOV to VLC playable video and audio file formats. When the conversion completes, you can switch to the "Open"  tab to fetch the converted MOV files.

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.

Editor's Note: Run into trouble to play other files such as MKV, AVI, MP4, MXF, M2TS, etc on VLC? Never mind, just download our program to fix it with ease.

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