2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2013 2:27 PM by Wet Baloney
Greg Vrchoticky Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)

I want to save a quicktime video as a loop for a kiosk?  How do i do this.  Quicktime X has a loop feature, but I cannot save it so the video loops itself.  Everytime I restart the video, it is never saved with the loop feature active.  I have to select it everytime.  (The old Quicktime allow me to save it, but on my i7 macmini the old quicktime software crashes everytime - only Quicktime X seems to like my mac mini)

  • 1. Re: How do I save a quicktime video with a loop for a kiosk?
    Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,630 points)

    (The old Quicktime allow me to save it, but on my i7 macmini the old quicktime software crashes everytime - only Quicktime X seems to like my mac mini)

    Just downloaded and installed QT 7 v7.6.6 on my MacMini I7 platform running Lion. It worked fine. (Also using the same version on Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion OS Mac Pro and iMac platforms.) Problem is probably either a bad install, corrputed app, or a corrupted QT 7 Preference file.

     

     

    I want to save a quicktime video as a loop for a kiosk?  How do i do this.  Quicktime X has a loop feature, but I cannot save it so the video loops itself.  Everytime I restart the video, it is never saved with the loop feature active.  I have to select it everytime.

    There are probably several ways to do this but since you have not provided any information regarding your work flow or method of playback my best recommendation would be to use a QuickTime Link (QTL) file. A QTL file is an xml file that basically looks and acts like normal QT video file but is, in reality, a "reference file" that both points to the actual resource content (which is normally stored remotely on a server) and includes a set of embedded playback instructions that looks something like this...

     

    <?xml version="1.0"?>

    <?quicktime type="application/x-quicktime-media-link"?>

     

    <embed

               autoplay="true"

               controller="false"

               kioskmode="true"

               loop="true"

               moviename="Sample QTL File"

               src="http://downloads.walker4.me/downloads/temporary_files/DVDVolume-1.m4v"

               />

     

     

    Luckily you don't have to code the file manually. The QTL export option employs a somewhat old graphic interface that allows you to set the desired options for embedding within in XML file. The options panel looks like this:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 10.33.54 AM.png

     

    Since the XML file itself is very small (e.g., on the order of about 300 bytes), it can be easily be emailed or handled like any normal "reference" file. I use them in preferece to the normal resource reference file when I wish the file to play using specific playback instructions like looping, in the kiosk mode, a specific fullscreen mode, etc.

     

    Am posting a sample QTL file in case you want to see if this type of file meets your needs. Here is the URL:

    http://downloads.walker4.me/downloads/Temporary_files/DVDVolume-1.qtl

     

    NOTE: Depending on the platform and system you use to download the sample file, the downloaded XML file may end up with a ".qtl.txt" doubled file extension. If that happens, simply delete the added ".txt" file extension. Also note that QTL looping is honored by both the QT 7 and QT X players.

     

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  • 2. Re: How do I save a quicktime video with a loop for a kiosk?
    Wet Baloney Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Regarding the QT 7 option, this is what I've found.  You can save as a looping file in QT 7 pro.  The file will loop if you play it in QT 7.  If you open it in the new QT X or in iTunes is does not loop.