Media formats supported by QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player supports the following media file formats and codecs.

Below are the media formats and codecs that QuickTime Player can open in Mac OS X v10.6.x or later:

Media type File formats Codecs or components
Video
  • QuickTime Movie (.mov)
  • MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v)
  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later)
  • MPEG-1
  • 3GPP
  • 3GPP2
  • AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion or later)
  • AVI (Motion JPEG only)
  • DV
  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later)
  • MPEG-4 (Part 2)
  • H.264
  • H.263
  • H.261
  • Apple ProRes
  • Apple Pixlet
  • Animation
  • Cinepak
  • Component Video
  • DV
  • DVC Pro 50
  • Graphics
  • Motion JPEG
  • Photo JPEG
  • Sorenson Video 2
  • Sorenson Video 3
Audio
  • iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p)
  • MP3
  • Core Audio (.caf)
  • AIFF
  • AU
  • SD2
  • WAV
  • SND
  • AMR  
  • AAC (MPEG-4 Audio)
  • HE-AAC
  • Apple Lossless
  • MP3
  • AMR Narrowband
  • MS ADPCM
  • QDesign Music 2
  • Qualcomm PureVoice (QCELP)
  • IMA 4:1
  • MACE 3:1 (Mac OS X v10.6.x only)
  • MACE 6:1 (Mac OS X v10.6.x only)
  • ALaw 2:1
  • ULaw 2:1
  • 24-Bit Integer
  • 32-Bit Integer
  • 32-Bit Floating Point
  • 64-Bit Floating Point

 

Adding additional media format support to QuickTime

You can also extend QuickTime to import or play other popular and specialized media formats using codec components. This article lists common Apple and third-party codec components and the filename extensions they support.

Learn more

  • In OS X Mavericks, some older media formats listed above, and those that require third-party codec components, are converted to H.264 or Apple ProRes when opened. These older media formats can be played without conversion using QuickTime Player 7.
  • QuickTime Player plays Motion JPEG-based AVIs created by many digital cameras. Other forms of AVI media may require third-party software for playback.
  • AVCHD 3D content is converted to standard video for playback and export. 
  • A more powerful Mac will deliver improved performance. 

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