MOV File Only Plays Audio? Here Are 4 Simple Fixes!

Author: Kevincy
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Updated on Mar 15, 2024
MOV File Only Plays Audio No Video
  • DownloadDownload this easy-to-use application on PC, and:
  • Step 1. Add your MOV files to "Converter".
  • Step 2. Choose "MOV" or any other profile as export format.
  • Step 3. Settle MOV files only playing sound issue by transcoding.
Quick Navigation
Fix 1: Transcode MOV Files
Fix 2: Install Required Video Codec
Fix 3: Update Media Player or Try Others
Fix 4: Check Hardware/Software Compatibility

Why Does My MOV File Only Play Audio?

Q: "On some, but not all, of my .mov files, Movies & TV/WMP only plays audio. These are videos that I made on iPhone XS Max. Some of the videos have been edited on the phone. I downloaded QuickTime but got the same result (audio, but no video). Help is greatly appreciated."

A: Before answering this question, firstly, I would like to briefly introduce the MOV, a commonly-used video format in our daily life, such as post-production, digital camcorders, action cameras, drone videography, and more. MOV is actually just a video container that can store multiple different video codecs like H.264, HEVC, Cinepak, Apple ProRes, CineForm, etc.

And here's the point, once a certain video codec cannot be recognized by your media player, you'll inevitably run into MOV file only plays audio issue. So now that you have a more precise understanding about the root cause, next, I will introduce 4 simple solutions to troubleshooting the "MOV file only plays the audio portion of the video" issue.

Fix 1 - Transcode MOV Files

A simple way to fix MOV not showing video is transcoding the tough video stream to a friendly video codec like H.264. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro offers a one-stop process to complete the job due to its a wide range of built-in codecs and more than 500 configured presets.

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Step 1 - Add MOV Files

Install and runInstall and run the application. Open "Converter" module and add your MOV files that only play audio by pressing "Add Files" button or a simple drag-and-drop.

Add Files to Fix MOV Files No Video Only Audio
Add Files to Fix MOV Files No Video Only Audio

Step 2 - Select an Export Format

To change video codec, click on the right-hand "Format" image to expand the full list of 500+ optimal presets. Switch over to "Video" category and choose "MOV" profile directly. It has been preset to H.264 video, which is compatible with almost all applications and devices. You can also choose your preferred profile or specific device as you wish.

Solve MOV File Only Playing Audio No Video by Transcoding
Solve MOV File Only Playing Audio No Video by Transcoding

Step 3 - Start MOV Transcoding

Choose a destination folder at the bottom. Finally, hit "Run" button to start the conversion to fix MOV files no video only audio problem.

Tips. Before the process, you're entitled to modify the detailed parameters like video bitrate, resolution, frame rate, and more as you with.

Tackle MOV File Only Plays Audio Issue
Tackle MOV File Only Plays Audio Issue

Fix 2 - Install Required Video Codec

The MOV file only audio no video problem can be fixed by installing the missing video codec. As you know, however, regardless of the technical level, it's a demanding job to find and install a certain video codec, and it even involves privacy and security issues.

Therefore, you're recommended to install a reliable codec pack that rounds up all commonly-used video and audio codecs, so that you can avoid nearly all A/V playback issues on your Windows PC. Both K-Lite Codec Pack and Shark007's Advanced Codecs are worth a try because they still keep updating, here are the official download links:

K-Lite Codec Pack:

Advanced Codecs:

Fix 3 - Update Media Player or Try Others

You may have a high chance to address MOV files only playing sound problem by updating your media player or device firmware.

But if it doesn't work, just give it another shot on some 3rd powerful media players, including VLC, PotPlayer, KMPlayer, GOM Player and the like.

Among which, VLC is free and open source that can be installed on multiple operating systems and platforms. To its credit, it's powerful to play all major audio and video formats owing to its built-in VLC codecs.

Fix 4 - Check Hardware/Software Compatibility

In some cases, the issue may be related to hardware or software compatibility. If you're using an older system or have outdated graphics drivers, you may experience issues with video playback. Ensure that your system meets the minimum hardware requirements for video playback and that all drivers and software components are up to date.

Additionally, some third-party software or security programs may interfere with video playback, so you may want to temporarily disable any running programs or antivirus software to see if that resolves the issue.

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Final Words...

That's all about the 4 simple fixes to MOV file only plays audio but no video or image issue, which can help your device identify the MOV file for hassle-free playback. However, the following three cases have not been taken into account yet:

Hopefully, the troubleshooting solutions mentioned in the post are helpful to you guys. And your thoughts would be appreciated.

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