My Kodak digital camera takes movies in .MOV format. I’m currently using Apple QuickTime Pro to edit the movies and save them as .MOV files set to play before they completely download from my Web site. I would like to save the movies in a smaller file format. Would the QuickTime Pro export to MPEG-4 be a better solution? If I save to MPEG-4, will site visitors still need QuickTime Player to view the movies?
Exporting your videos in MPEG-4, which QuickTime saves as .MP4 files definitely results in smaller file sizes at the same resolution. It doesn’t solve the problem of some viewers needing to download QuickTime in order to view the movie. Mac users will be set whether you encode to .MOV or .MP4, because QuickTime is the default player for OS X users. Windows users have several options and may not realize they can play the .MP4 with QuickTime Player depending on choices they made during the initial install. Read on for the full explanation.