2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2008 11:31 AM by Dave Althoff
pinscher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I can't figure out how to use QuickTime pro. Where can I find uncomplicated instructions on how to use it and what I can and cannot do?

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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (274,465 points)
    Click here for some tutorials.

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  • Dave Althoff Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)
    What, exactly, are you trying to do? QuickTime Pro has a lot of capabilities, hidden away behind a deceptively simple looking interface. For instance...

    o You can edit QuickTime movies.
    It isn't the greatest editing interface, but the nice thing is that it doesn't care about things like track format, bit rate, frame rate, or anything like that. It "just works".

    o You can change the properties of QuickTime movies.
    Things like the playback dimensions, certain metadata, flip and rotate, apply filters, stuff like that

    o You can export movies to other codecs.
    All QuickTime movies are NOT created equal. Using QuickTime Pro you can, for example, convert a .mov created using the DV-25 codec (25 Mbit/sec) to a new .mov using the H.264 codec in order to convert from an editing format to a web distribution format.

    o You can combine audio, video, and graphic elements to create new QuickTime movies. For examples, track down QuickTimeKirk's site; he has a lot of cool examples and he's usually willing to explain how he did it.

    For the longest time, a lot of people just got QuickTime Pro to watch QuickTime movies full-screen. Now that's included in the non-Pro bundle, but the fact remains, QuickTime Pro is something of a "swiss army knife" for dealing with time-based media...in short, for dealing with all things QuickTime. Consequently, when someone wants to know how to use it, that person usually has a particular task in mind, which makes it a whole lot easier to give coherent instructions.

    Also, remember, QuickTime is a little like Word Perfect in that NOBODY knows EVERYTHING about it.

    --Dave Althoff, Jr.