.mov is the filename extension for the QuickTime multimedia file format of both audios and videos, developed by Apple Inc. Until now, it can support all mainstream computer platforms: Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7 / VISTA / XP. It’s often used for saving movies and other video files, using a proprietary compression algorithm developed by Apple Computer. It’s compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms. The format specifies 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).
The International Organization for Standardization approved the QuickTime (.mov) file format as the basis of the MPEG-4 file format. The MPEG-4 file format specification was created on the basis of the QuickTime format specification published in 2001. The MP4 (.mp4) file format was published in 2001 as the revision of the MPEG-4 Part 1: Systems specification published in 1999.
In 2003, the first version of MP4 format was revised and replaced by MPEG-4 Part 14: MP4 file format. The MP4 file format was generalized into the ISO Base Media File Format ISO/IEC 14496-12:2004, which defines a general structure for time-based media files.
It in turn is used as the basis for other multimedia file formats (for example 3GP, Motion JPEG 2000). A list of all registered extensions for ISO Base Media File Format is published on the official registration authority website www.mp4ra.org. This registration authority for code-points in "MP4 Family" files is Apple Computer Inc.
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