How do I play my cam­era’s MOV files?

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QI would like to trans­fer videos recorded on my Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC SZ3 cam­era to my Win­dows Vista com­puter, and play them back on that ma­chine. How­ever, I un­der­stand that the MOV files cre­ated by my cam­era are not sup­ported. Is there a way around this? I have looked for con­vert­ers on the web but they all ap­pear very ques­tion­able and seem to alert my ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity pro­gram. Kick van Hen­gel

AMOV files are not sup­ported by Win­dows Me­dia Player (WMP) 11, which is the de­fault video player in Win­dows Vista. WMP 12, which comes with Win­dows 7 and later, will play back MOV files – but it’s not avail­able for Vista.

So you’re right: MOV files will not play back on your Vista PC with­out ad­di­tional soft­ware. To rec­tify this down­load and in­stall a codec pack, such as the free K-lite Codec Pack Ba­sic from this will give WMP11 the in­for­ma­tion it needs to play MOV files. Just click one of the down­load links then dou­ble-click the .exe file and fol­low the prompts to work through the in­stal­la­tion process.

How­ever, you might be bet­ter off with VLC: this is a tried-andtrusted me­dia player that’ll play just about any kind of me­dia, so you won’t ever need to worry about in­stalling ad­di­tional codecs. It’s also a lot smaller, faster and smoother than WMP and, un­like WMP11 for Vista, it’ll con­tinue to re­ceive up­dates. It’s a free down­load from www.

If you opt for the K-lite Codec Pack, it will let you select the ex­ten­sions you want to play on WMP11

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