“I have downloaded some videos in F4V format and need to edit these F4V videos in iMovie. But the fact is the iMovie couldn’t detect the F4V videos. I couldn’t import the F4V videos to iMovie or FCP for editing. I now need some suggestions on how to convert F4V to MOV on Mac and what kind of F4V to MOV converter to use.”

Many people would come across with such problems. They might want to edit online videos in iMovie or FCP, playback on QuickTime player or importing to iTunes for syncing to iPad, iPhone and iPod. The most common problem is the format incompatibility. The downloaded videos are not friendly with iMovie, FCP, QuickTime player and iTunes. So, a professional media converter is a must-have to solve these problems.

Part 1: Basic Knowledge about F4V and MOV

What is F4V?

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F4V is a file extension for a Flash media container file format. F4V files support H.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding). H.264 is a video compression standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors. Flash was originally developed by Macromedia and is now owned by Adobe. Programs that open F4V files include Adobe’s Flash Player and Windows Media Player. Apple’s iOS, the mobile operating system used on the iPhone and iPad, doesn’t include native support for the Flash plug-in. The general Flash file extension is SWF (Shockwave Flash). Other Flash video file formats include the FLV, F4P, F4A and F4B file extensions.

What is MOV?

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MOV is an MPEG 4 video container file format used in Apple’s Quicktime program. MOV files use Apple’s proprietary compression algorithm. Apple introduced the MOV file format in 1998. On Windows systems, programs that open MOV files include Quicktime Player, Roxio Creator, Cyberlink PowerDirector and PowerDVD, and Adobe Flash.On Macintosh systems, programs that open MOV files include Quicktime Player, Roxio Toast and Roxio Popcorn, and Adobe Flash.Windows Media Player can play MOV files with the addition of the 3ivx codec.

Part 2: Convert F4V to MOV on Mac with Leawo Video Converter for Mac

To convert F4V to MOV on Mac, you need to make use of Mac F4V to MOV converter. Leawo Video Converter for Mac is such a kind of Mac media converter to execute the video conversions between various formats on Mac. It could easily convert F4V to MOV on Mac, no matter where your F4V videos come from. This Mac F4V to MOV converter is a comprehensive video converter program for Mac users to convert videos on Mac between various formats like MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, etc. in simple clicks.

The following F4V to MOV conversion guide shows you how to convert F4V to MOV on Mac. Before you start to convert F4V to MOV on Mac, you should download and install Leawo Video Converter for Mac. Windows users could make use of its Windows counterpart Leawo Video Converter to convert F4V to MOV videos on Windows.

Guide on how to convert F4V to MOV on Mac with Leawo Video Converter(this guide also applies to converting FLV to MOV on Mac):

Step 1: Import source F4V files

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Kick off Leawo Video Converter for Mac to enter the main interface, and then click “Add Video” icon to browse and import source F4V files, or directly drag and drop to import source F4V files into the program.

Step 2: Select MOV as output format

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After importing source F4V files, click the drop-down box next to “Add Photo” button, and choose “Change” to call out Profile window where you need to select MOV from Format as output format in order to convert F4V to MOV Mac.

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Note: For advanced purpose, you could click the same drop-down box and choose “Edit” to adjust video and audio parameterson of output video files: video codec, video size, bit rate, aspect ratio, audio codec, audio quality, bit rate, sample rate, channel, etc.

Step 3: Convert F4V to MOV on Mac

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After the output setting, you will be returned to the main interface. Click the green “Convert” button to pop up a sidebar where you need to set output directory in “Save to” box. Finally, click “Convert” button at the bottom of the sidebar to convert F4V to MOV on Mac.

Part 3: Top 3 Applications to Play MOV on Mac

In the part, top 3 applications are introduced for you to play MOV on Mac. Let’s take a look.

QuickTime Player:

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Without doubt, to play MOV on Mac, QuickTime Player is absolutely the right choice. The extension MOV is short for Apple QuickTime Movie. MOV files are video files that work natively with Apple’s QuickTime Player, which ships with the Mac operating system.

Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac:

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In addition to playing Blu-ray files, Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac can play many other video and audio files as well, of course including MOV. This media player is totally free of charge, and it has Windows version as well, which means not only Mac users but also Windows users can use it to play MOV file for free.

VLC Media Player for Mac:

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Besides, you can use VLC Media Player for Mac to play MOV on Mac as well, which is also free of chrage.