In the first instance, would someone be kind enough to recommend the optimum export codecs to creat a .mov file for playing through QuickTime?
Sure, but we need to know what you intend to do with the file. Is it for distribution? Archiving? Watching on a computer, or watching on the web? Do you absolutely need to have a QuickTime MOV? There are many variables, not the least of which concerns the exact specifications of your sequence and the footage you're using in the sequence.
To make a better recommendation, some more information is needed.
Thank you very much for your prompt response.
I am an artist and many submissions that request work from artists for
consideration for exhibition, request a .mov file that they will then view
through QuickTime player on a computer. I therefore require a an export file
to suit these purposes.
I go the other direction - files provided to me for use in my editing on my PC, and I request MOV with the Animation CODEC, which has always worked 100%, with fine quality.
Now, some are recommending the PNG compression in the MOV container, but I cannot comment, as I have not done a side-by-side comparisson.
Both are lossless, so both should look identical.
But with video, the PNG may compress to a smaller file. Animation is good for cartoons, with broad fields of the same color, but doesn't compress as well for live action.
In my cases, the Video has been 3D animation, and the Animation CODEC has looked great. Now, my Projects have been SD, but still those MOV files were both lovely, and easy to work with on my PC's.