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The Best Format for Mac OS X Computers and Apple Software

Apple's Mac OS has its own following. Without a doubt, Macs remains to be the slickest and the trendiest devices to hit the market. But if you consider yourself as an audio-video guy, the first question to ask when using a Mac is, "Will the movie files I'm working on would play nicely on it?" Read on to answer your own question.

2.1 The video and audio formats supported on a Mac

There are just a handful of audio and video files that are recognized by a Macintosh computer. And that must be one of the reasons why not some users think of these machines as not very user-friendly. The video files supported on a Mac are as follows:

  • QuickTime Movie - mov
  • MPEG-4 - m4v, mp4
  • MPEG-2, MPEG-1
  • 3GPP, 3GPP2
  • AVI
  • DV

There is no doubt that the best video format for a Mac is the native QuickTime file, MOV. This video file format is supported even by the earlier versions of the Mac OS. Alternately, the MPEG-4 format is the best one for the newest versions.

For audio file types that are playable on a Mac are the following:

  • iTunes Audio - m4p, m4b, m4a, Core Audio - caf, MP3, AIFF, SD2, AU, WAV, AMR, SND

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2.2 QuickTime supported video and audio format

The most popular video file format for a Mac computer is the MOV file. This file is native to the QuickTime movie player, which is the reason why it is referred to as the QuickTime format. However, QuickTime has the capability to play a range of other audio and video files, more particularly QuickTime Player 7 and higher. According to Apple support center, this media player can play all the files listed below:

Media type

File formats

Codecs or components

  • QuickTime Movie (.mov)
  • MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v)
  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later)
  • MPEG-1
  • 3GPP
  • 3GPP2
  • AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion or later)
  • AVI (Motion JPEG only)
  • DV
  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later)
  • MPEG-4 (Part 2)
  • H.264
  • H.263
  • H.261
  • Apple ProRes
  • Apple Pixlet
  • Animation
  • Cinepak
  • Component Video
  • DV
  • DVC Pro 50
  • Graphics
  • Motion JPEG
  • Photo JPEG
  • Sorenson Video 2
  • Sorenson Video 3
  • iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p)
  • MP3
  • Core Audio (.caf)
  • AIFF
  • AU
  • SD2
  • WAV
  • SND
  • AMR  
  • AAC (MPEG-4 Audio)
  • HE-AAC
  • Apple Lossless
  • MP3
  • AMR Narrowband
  • QDesign Music 2
  • Qualcomm PureVoice (QCELP)
  • IMA 4:1
  • MACE 3:1 (Mac OS X v10.6.x only)
  • MACE 6:1 (Mac OS X v10.6.x only)
  • ALaw 2:1
  • ULaw 2:1
  • 24-Bit Integer
  • 32-Bit Integer
  • 32-Bit Floating Point
  • 64-Bit Floating Point

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2.3 iTunes supported video and audio format

The iTunes is a media file downloader, organizer, and player all-in-one. This is a very popular Apple product, as it is also found on the iPhone and the iPad. However, the formats that the iTunes support are very limited. Oftentimes, users may only play audio and video files obtained through the program itself.




Audio Book



TV Shows

Supported file type
  • H.264 codecs - mp4, m4v, mov
  • MPEG-4 codecs - mp4, m4v, mov
  • iTunes Audio - m4p, m4b, m4a
  • Core Audio - caf
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • AU
  • SD2
  • SND
  • AMR
  • M4R
  • M4B
  • M4A
  • AAC
  • MP3
  • ITL
  • XML
  • M4R

iTunes ringtone can be downloaded from the iTunes database as well. To create your own ringtones, you can use Aimersoft Music Recorder for Mac. It can directly save the recorded song or sound in the M4R format so users can easily assigned it as a ringtone for the iPhone.

  • M4V

Playing and downloading of music is the most popular use of the iTunes. As such, this program has the capability to sort out different types of audio files and group them accordingly. By doing so, users will be able to easily tell the difference between an audio book, a music file, and other recordings.

While MP3 can be played with the iTunes, such a file is sometimes not handled correctly by the software itself. Songs saved in the MP3 format are at times mistaken as an audio book. The best solution for this issue is to convert MP3 file into a real iTunes music file. For that, the Aimersoft DRM Media Converter is highly recommended. This software can also remove the DMR protection on an iTunes downloaded file. As such, you can easily use the software to do it the other way, like convert AIFF to MP3 file, without running into any problems. However, this software works only on a Windows computer.

2.4 Final Cut Pro editable file formats

Final Cut Pro is a proprietary professional video editing software used on Macs. The video file formats it can work on are as follows:

  • Apple Animation Codec
  • Apple ProRe
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • AVC-Intra , DV
  • H.264, iFrame
  • Motion JPEG
  • Redcode Raw
  • QuickTime Formats

Final Cut Pro supported video format

There are many times you would like to edit your videos with Final Cut Pro but only get an error messsge tell you that the file format is not supported. If the video can be imported to FCP successfully or the file format used is entirely different, you will need to convert the file format first. However, it wouldn't be an issue if the Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac is used to handle the job. This highly effective conversion software is known to work for a Mac OS X computer, the Final Cut Pro, and all known audio and video files. You may interested in the topics about Final Cut Pro as below:

2.5 iMovie supported video formats

To create or edit movies using iMovie, the following formats can be used:

  • DV Widescreen
  • DV
  • HDV
  • MPEG-4

For any issues converting video files into these compatible file formats for the iMovie, it's better to use an alternative software like the Aimersoft Video Studio Express for Mac. Like iMovie, it can help users create movies quite easily. But unlike it, Aimersoft supports almost all video file types. That suggests no further file conversions are necessary so it's easier to use. You may like to know:

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