MPEG vs MOV Showdown: A Comparison of Pros and Cons

When you’re looking to get digital movie files or ripped DVDs, it’s very easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of file formats. MPEG, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV? You might find yourself asking, What do these mean? How do I know which one is best for what I need? Luckily, Click Scan Share has compiled a MPEG vs MOV comparison of pros and cons that will help you decide which one of these two common file formats is the one you’re looking for.


  • Pros:
    • MPEG files produce very high quality results that are duplicates to their originals.
    • This format is compatible with most web browsers and can be run on multiple platforms including Windows Media Player and QuickTime.
  • Cons:
    • Although the end products of MPEG are very high quality, this results in a low compression ratio or a larger file size. This can be a problem if you are trying to be efficient in your storage space.
    • A larger file may take longer to open.


  • Pros:
    • MOV is a convenient file format because it can hold different media elements, including video and audio, all in one compact place.
    • It stores data so you can easily edit the file if you need to, without the hassle of rewriting.
    • If you plan to transmit your file over the Internet, MOV might be for you because it is used primarily on the web.
  • Cons:
    • MOV files work specifically on QuickTime Media Player. If the computer or mobile device you are using does not have this specific platform, you have to convert the file to a different format.
    • Since MOV compresses files to more compact sizes, the overall quality of the end product might be lowered in the process.

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