MOV is a fairly popular video container format, especially for QuickTime users. When you import certain MOV files into PowerDirector, however, PowerDirector presents an error message or only imports audio from MOV files. What gives? You may wonder.
Usually, the issue can be boiled down to video format incompatibility. So, let’s take a look at the video formats that PowerDirector takes for editing.
Video Formats PowerDirector Supports are: DivX (if preinstalled), HD MPEG-2, DVR-MS, DV-AVI, DAT, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, ASF, WMV, WMV HD, MOV, MOD, TOD AVCHD, MPEG-4, AVC (H.264), .ts, .mts, .m2ts, WTV (single channel).
As you can see, MOV is a supported video format on PowerDirector. So there’s a huge likelihood that the unsupported MOV files are encoded with the video encoders that PowerDirector doesn’t support and unable to decode.
To solve that problem and properly edit MOV videos with PowerDirector, the most solid move is to recode your MOV videos with the supported specs, which are:
2D Video: MVC (MTS), MOD, MOV (H.264), Dual-Stream AVI, MPEG-1, FLV (H.264), MPEG-2, MKV (multiple audio streams), MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), 3GPP2, MP4 (XAVC-S), AVCHD (M2T, MTS), TOD, AVI, VOB, DAT, WMV, DivX, WMV-HD, DV-AVI, WTV in H.264/MPEG2 (multiple video and audio streams), DVR-MS, DSLR video clip in H.264 (8bit) format with LPCM audio, H.265/HEVC in 8bit /10 bit (MP4/MKV/M2TS).
3D Video: Dual-stream AVI, MVC, Side-by-Side Video, Over/Under Video
360° Video: 360° equirectangular projection video format.
Also, make sure the audio tracks are in AAC, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, WAV, M4A, MP3, OGG format, so that it’ll play back correctly in PowerDirector preview.