If you are having issues playing MOV movies on Microsoft Surface tablet, you may have interest in this post. It displays a workaround to transcode MOV to MP4 format for viewing on Microsoft Surface as smoothly as possible.
How do I open MOV files in Surface 2 Tablet running Windows 8.1 RT
“I am using a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT. I received an email which has two MOV files as attachments. My issue is that I can not open the two MOV files on my Surface 2. I know that MOV is one of the formats that Windows 8.1 doesn’t normally support, so I have tried a whole day to search for a MOV codec plug-in for Windows 8.1 but haven’t found one yet. Is there a way available to open MOV files in Surface 2 Tablet running Windows 8.1 RT? Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.”
The easiest way to play .MOV files is to download and install QuickTime Player from Apple. You can also use third-party solution to convert MOV movies to a format that is well supported by Microsoft Surface and Windows 8.1, such as the widely used H.264 MP4 format (You may also want to read more about which file types are supported on Surface).
The guide below will present how to accomplish MOV to MP4 conversion for viewing on Surface tablet beautifully.
[Guide] How to convert MOV video to MP4 for playing on Microsoft Surface tablet?
HD Video Converter
Download and install this app, then follow these steps:
Step 1. Start up HD Video Converter as the best MOV to Microsoft Surface Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files to it.
1. This video converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple video files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge’ option, you can combine the selected video clips into a single file.
Step 2. Choose MP4 as output format for Microsoft Surface tablet
This app features optimal format preset for Microsoft Surface. You can navigate to ‘Profile’ list and choose ‘Microsoft Surface H.264 Video (*.mp4)’ as target format.
Step 3. Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and enter ‘Profile Settings’ panel to adjust video and audio settings like resolution, codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.
Step 4. Start MOV to MP4 Conversion for Microsoft Surface
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to rewrap MOV to MP4 format for smooth playback on Microsoft Surface. As soon as the conversion task is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated MP4 files for viewing on Microsoft Surface with optimum performance.
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