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Quicktime is a multimedia framework geared towards digital video, although it can also handle still images. It was first released in 1991 and, in the years that followed, became one of the biggest names in the field of digital media.
As it was developed by Apple, the software is designed with the Mac platform in mind. A Windows version does exist but is no longer supported, due to security issues. Windows users are advised to find alternative software.
The full Quicktime Pro does require a paid purchase before it can be installed, however, the scaled-down Quicktime is available for free. Please note, however, that the free version lacks many of the more sophisticated features found in the Pro edition.
The software is compatible with a range of popular file formats including AVI, MP2, MP4, and its own filetype, QTFF. However, it is not ordinarily compatible with WMV files; playing WMV videos will require an additional plugin.
Yes, one of the major benefits of using the tool is that it can convert videos from one format to another. The process is simple and straightforward to get the hang of, making a convenient video conversion tool even for those who are not familiar with the technicalities of the process.
Yes, the software can be used to edit video files. It comes with a set of basic editing features that can be used to trim videos and remove specific portions, shortening them to a desired size.
Yes. The software allows the user to select a portion of the current video using the timeline, and play only that segment. This function will be particularly useful when it comes to longer videos.
Yes, it is possible to use the software to combine multiple video clips. To do so, simply open one video in the player, and then drag and drop the others into the player window. From here, the individual clips can be re-arranged before the complete sequence is exported from the "file" menu.
The Pro version of the software allows users to add effects and filters to their videos. This is achieved in the "export" dialogue: when you are exporting a video, view the options menu and choose an appropriate filter. The effects offered by the software include blur, emboss, and film noise, amongst others.
The PictureViewer component was included with the Windows version of the software, and as the name suggests, was used to view still image files. It does not come with the Mac version, as the Preview software achieves the same function. Some Windows users may seek to obtain this component as they find it preferable to more up-to-date programs.
Apple's media player for OS X 10.6.3+
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