How to Fix MOV File that Plays Only Audio but No Video?

Updated on February 11, 2020

Sometimes, only the audio plays but no video when we play our MOV video file. It indicates that there might be something issue with the video file or the Media Player itself. Look out the causes, and the solutions to fix the issue here..!

MOV is a well-known video format developed by Apple and is well-suited for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. A MOV file contains timecode, text tracks along video and audio data, which is used to store and synchronize the file on different types of media. And, each media track is encoded using one or several diverse codecs. Thus, in order to play a MOV video, the player must recognize the specific codec(s) used in the MOV file.

When the player you used to open the MOV file fails to identify the codec present in the .mov video, you may experience issues like MOV file plays audio but no video or image. So, try below troubleshooting solutions on a copy of your MOV file that has audio but no video.

1. If MOV file is playing only sound but no video on QuickTime player. Then, select Edit option in QuickTime menu, choose Preferences, then QuickTime Preferences. Use update button and update the player.

2. Play the MOV video in VLC player. VLC supports several varieties of video formats and can successfully play it

3. Safely convert the MOV file to other video formats like .wmv, .avi, .mp4, .m4v etc. and check whether it fixes the problem

Apart from codec or incompatibility issue, there are various other reasons that make the MOV file unplayable or to playing only audio track with no video. So, let us see what causes a MOV file to show odd behaviors like not playing the video in below section.

Playing MOV files on different media players: Due to compatibility issues or malfunctioning of the media player the MOV video gets affected and fails to play video, gives only sound.

Improperly importing MOV files: After capturing a MOV video on any gadget, we generally transfer it to the computer. But, inappropriate ways of importing/transferring MOV files might damage the file and causes only audio to get played

Other issues: Improper system updates, synchronization errors, incorrectly upgrading media player to a higher version, virus intrusion, bad sectors on storage media, header corruption of MOV file, usage of unreliable editing tools on MOV file etc. may create these sorts of problems during MOV video playback.

When the MOV file got damaged or broken due to above or alike causes then it may play sound without any picture. But, you need not worry as Remo MOV Repair is at your help.

The software can effectively repair damaged MOV files or corrupted video in no time and presents you a healthy and brand-new MOV file in few mouse clicks. This is the industry experts suggested tool for fixing MOV video files created on several gadgets like digital cameras, camcorders, video recorders, Smartphones, etc. of any brand. The application has two distinct editions, one for Mac OS X and another one for Windows. So, just try the trial version of the program to know about its working mechanism and efficiency. In addition, this software can also fix MOV file black screen error in QuickTime, green screen error, error 2048, error 2041, etc. with MOV, and MP4 video files while playing in QuickTime Player. Apart from fixing MOV file playing only audio without video issues, it also fixes Out of Sync error in MOV, and MP4 video files on both Mac and Windows systems.

3 Steps to Fix MOV File that Has Audio but No Video:

Click Download Now button, download Remo MOV Repair software on your computer, install it and run.

Step 1: Select MOV file that plays audio but no video, a healthy MOV file (which works fine) of same codec and format as affected file and hit Repair button.

No Video in MOV File - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Software fixes the MOV file that plays only sound. Play and check the file using Preview option.

MOV File Does Not Play Video - Preview

Figure 2: Preview Video

Step 3: Using Save option store the repaired MOV file on the desired location.

MOV File No Video - Save File

Figure 3: Save Repaired MOV


  • 1. Never use unreliable editing tools to edit your important MOV files
  • 2. Install proper codec after upgrading your media player