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Comparsion between MOV and DV

File Extension MOV DV
File Type Apple QuickTime Movie Digital Video File
Description Developed by Apple Inc., MOV, a multimedia container format, is commonly used to store videos, audios, and text, timecode, etc. It can be played on both Mac and Windows platforms. DV is a format for storing digital video created by a digital video (DV) camera. Please note that the ".dv" extension is sometimes used for other video formats like QuickTime-DV or DV-AVI. Please use the proper program to open them.
Developed by Apple N/A
Pros MOV files are of very high quality. It is now a widely adopted format recognized by computers and applications; incorporate multiple audio and video tracks independent of one another. DV uses intraframe compression. Each compressed frame depends entirely on itself, and not on any data from preceding or following frames.
Cons Since it is a container format with different codecs, it might not be able to playback on media players and editing software even they claims to be able to play MOV. It doesn't have a very good compatibility with most video editor software and media players.
Help You Choose Many free video players support MOV format, like QuickTime Player, Windows Media Player and RealPlayer. If you want to enjoy the advantages of DV, you can encode AVI with DV, and for Mac users, encode QuickTime with DV.
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