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Quicktime is a safe and secure technology and application that comes pre-installed on most Apple laptop and desktop products and receives security updates regularly. In 2016, however, it was announced Apple would no longer provide security updates to the Windows version. At the time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended Windows users uninstall the program.
It is the multimedia technology developed by Apple that handles videos, sound, animation, music and more. It supports most major video and audio file formats and provides users with a suite of applications. The most recognizable of these apps is the player that comes installed on Mac products.
Quicktime is a free technology that is standard across Apple and Mac products. The player comes pre-installed on all Macs and Macbooks and can be installed for free on Windows computers directly from the Apple website. The Pro version is also free for basic operation but requires the purchase of a license key to use the full program.
The Mac version of the application is regularly updated and receives security updates that keep the program safe and secure. Apple announced in 2016, however, that they would no longer provide security updates for the Windows version of the program, making it potentially unsafe for users, though it can still be used on the platform.
For Apple users, it is pre-installed on Macs and Macbooks on the Macinstosh HD. When downloading from the Apple website, Windows users can choose where the installation file and final application is installed.
The technology and its video player are the default media-player preferences for Apple products, like Mac and Macbook. It is also available for user with the Windows operating system, although the program is no longer updated to maintain the same level of security as the Mac version. Because of this, it was recommended by the U.S Department of Homeland Security that Windows users do not download the application or uninstall if it is already installed.
The player can be installed on Windows computers by visiting the official Apple downloads website. For Mac or Macbook users, the application is already installed on their system and can be found in the Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight search.
The latest version of the software includes updates that aim to promote easier sharing and editing for users. In addition, a screen recording function was introduced for the first time in version X, though users are unable to record video if the DVD Player or iTunes content is playing to prevent bootlegging and copyright infringement.
Quicktime supports a variety of different file types, including its own movie format, MOV. It also provides support for MP4, M4V, MPEG-2, AVI, JPEG, and more. Audio formats supported include, but are not limited to, M4A, M4B, M4P, MP3, AIFF and WAV.