QuickTime has been around since well before OS X, dating back to 1991, but this old dog gets new life in the next version of the Mac OS. QuickTime X, as the new release has been named, follows the theme of Snow Leopard by incorporating both […]

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QuickTime has been around since well before OS X, dating back to 1991, but this old dog gets new life in the next version of the Mac OS. QuickTime X, as the new release has been named, follows the theme of Snow Leopard by incorporating both refinements and new technologies. QuickTime player has a new interface that simplifies playback and new capabilities that enhance performance and allow you to create and share video content.

Black Bezels Are the New Black

The new QuickTime X features a simplified and “uncluttered” interface for playback. The playback controls have been removed from the bottom bar and have been moved to an on-screen layer when you mouse over a video. The general effect is that you only see the black title bar in Snow Leopard and the rest of the interface disappears so you can focus your attention on the video itself. A nice little touch and I think very easy for most people that are used to the keyboard controls from previous incarnations of QuickTime Player or iTunes.


Video Killed the Radio Star

Or maybe video created the next YouTube star? In QuickTime X, the player application has been expanded to include video capture, either from the built-in webcam in your Mac or from a USB-tethered camera. QuickTime includes simple controls for trimming video so you can get just the right amount of lead-in for your next YouTube masterpiece, and then cut the lead-out just before your neighbor pops in to ask if they can borrow a cup of sugar. Just drag the yellow handles left and right to set the clip that will be exported.


Sharing these videos to YouTube, MobileMe, email, or your iTunes library is a one-click affair.


Technological Enhancements

QuickTime X is optimized for the critical HD codecs H.264 and AAC with a new foundation that should provide stutter-free playback on current computers. The player allows using hardware acceleration for H.264, which should help with HD video in that format. Also new is support for HTTP streaming, which allows QuickTime to stream content that is delivered by a web server, rather than just content from a specialized streaming server. This should help improve playback of videos from web accounts like MobileMe galleries. QuickTime X can also take advantage of new technologies in Snow Leopard like 64-bit addressing and Grand Central Dispatch to speed up performance.

Whither QuickTime Pro?

Absent from yesterday’s announcements was any mention of QuickTime X Pro. I am going to indulge my optimistic side and declare that the Pro version is no more and Apple is going to provide all the features of QuickTime Pro as part of the standard app in Snow Leopard. This is a welcome change in an age when multimedia playback, and even media creation, has been standard on the Mac platform for a good many years.

What About DVD Player?

I can’t help but wonder if DVD Player is going to get the same H.264 accelerated love from Apple, or if this feature is being folded into QuickTime Player. There is a new chapter navigation interface in QuickTime Player that would be great for DVD movies, too. Frankly, DVD Player needs to get caught up to the Blu-ray age and the H.264 improvements in QuickTime would be welcome in an HD-capable DVD Player.

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  1. I doubt much will change in DVDPlayer, if you look at the first foot note in the 64bit section of the Snow Leopard pages you’ll find the DVDPlayer is one of the few applications which have not been re-written in 64bit code. It could still have been updated (one of the other non-64bit apps is iTunes) but the tech specs page also only lists SuperDrive as required for DVDPlayer.

    I too would love some Blu-Ray love in OS X, but then as I have a 2007 iMac with a Radeon HD2600 I can’t even get OpenCL love in Snow Leopard :(

  2. Will Quicktime X be released for Windows, too?

    1. Who cares ??????

      Windows SUCKS !!!!!!!!!

    2. You suck Jobs’ dick you faggot Mactard.

    3. I heard Windows 7 is going to be good

      1. you heard wrong

  3. The in-player capture is pretty cool, but I dislike the “controls over the video” thing. It’s a personal preference; I don’t like having playback controls over the content, as it blocks said content (even if for just a moment, but it bugs me).

    Still, technological upgrades are technological upgrades, and that’s a good thing.

  4. I might be missing something, but how is this post different to http://www.apple.com/macosx/technology/#quicktimex ?

    1. not only that, he didn’t test the beta to be sure, 10a380 still has the old quicktime logo.

  5. I don’t like the title bar. Never did since I saw early leaks. It’s like a child made it. That gradient is so wrong. It’s probably going to be fixed by the end, if someone realizes it.

    A softer gradient would be much better and closer to the gradient used in standard windows. Or maybe just a transparent black would be enough, like a HUD window.

  6. I likethe black title bar. More evidence of “Marble” that will be coming in 10.7 I pray that we have the Quicktime pro features in there or it will be a crippled QuickTime. At least give me the option of paying $20. QuickTime pro is invaluable because of its power.

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  8. If much-needed QuickTime Pro features are no longer here, it’s time to try alternatives like SimpleMovieX.
    Quick cut-and-splice editing, chapters, native mp4 and avi saving.

  9. Herbert Kornfeld Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    NicePlayer just got Sherlocked.

  10. The title bar disappears too, when you move the mouse out of the window playing video.

    To quote the presenters, “your content takes center-stage”.

    I’d imaging the Apple Remote could be used to control playback too, for those people who don’t want bezels with mousing controls showing up over their videos.

  11. #7 AeroQ
    Thanks for the simplemoviex link.

  12. Honestly…this is the FUGLIEST Apple design I have ever seen.

    What reason could they possible have for ONLY making quicktimeX black.

    Not a Vista hater, but way to go copying the Vista taskbar look.

  13. no GUI preferences in Quicktime X !??!

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  18. Has anybody actually seen QT X? If so does it really play AVC Pro elementary streams?

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  20. Matthew Lowery Monday, August 10, 2009

    I want to be able to have the black title bar on ALL the windows its so awesome!

  21. Installed Snow Leopard and all seems well. The only disappointment for me so far is Quicktime X, which is not like QT Pro at all. No wide range of export possibilities, only YouTube, AppleTV and MobileMe… The editing functionality is also crippled. It was not that easy to use in the earlier QT, but once you got the hang of it, it was very powerful: adding / removing soundtracks, playing with Alpha channels, effects and whatnot. It is no longer there. The ‘Cmd-J’ hot key is no longer there. ‘Add to movie’ is no longer there. I will hang on to QT 7 for quite some time I guess..

  22. Why should there even be separate DVD and Quicktime (and iMovie ) applications (plus QuickLook). All of this functionality overlaps and could be incorporated into a single application, or at most two (an editor and viewer), which would be more in line with Apple’s philosophy of simpler is better. Ditto for Quicklook, Preview and iPhoto. Quicklook builds all of these players (viewers) into the system, so a unified editor for any specific media format should be the goal, shouldn’t it?

  23. I love the trim feature.

    I wish I had the option to split a video in two or more pieces and then could trim the ends of each part.

    Keep smiling

  24. The trim feature is RUBBISH! QT7 is much better.

    What if you want to trim a clip to the tenth of a second. In QT7 you could nudge the clip along a single frame at a time and the ‘trim’ selctors move too.

    Seems to me you just cant do it QT 10 (X)

    I would love someone to correct me on this as I just cant seem to do it…

  25. But I read that uicktime 7 will get moved to the Utilities folder so if there are some things Qt X won’t do you can still use the old version 7. I’m not liking the sound of limited export options. I’ve just recently figured how to make 700 meg divx’s, would like to continue.

  26. Just deleted QTX – it’s just so unbelievably dumbed down!!!!

  27. Who cares ??????

    Windows SUCKS !!!!!!!!!

  28. QuickTime X
    1. Having two versions of quicktime is a bad idea.
    2. QuickTime X has the control panel over the video. WTF, this is the worst design decision ever. Why would I want to look a control panel? I want to see my video. Maybe the designer was so impressed with their control panel they though everyone would rather look the buttons then the movie.
    3. Too many complaints to list.

    I will avoid using QuickTime X, and continue using QT7.

    1. quicktime X = widget

      Long live QT7 pro

    2. Agreed.

      Really bad idea indeed. In fact if you would ask me I would say that Apple is becoming more and more of a iPhone, iPod oriented company and less and less of a Pro level software company.

      Mactards will never realize that because all they do is sync their iSomethings, do cheap YouTube videos and check their e-mails.

      OSX Snow Leopard, crashes way more than a correctly configured Windows 7 running on a Octa core and Apple still overlooks basic things like a address bar for the finder so you can easily browse hidden folders, copy paths, etc without having to click at least three places to get a approximate answer, just plain stupid.

      The lack of the “open image sequence” in QTX is just too stupid to even allow you to consider QTX as a full featured QuickTime version. This version is a major downgrade for anyone that really knows what QuickTime used to be able to do. Not to mention that QTX core is still 32bit and not 64bit as Apple leads people to believe.

      Being forced to run two versions of the same app is just a cherry on the top of the cake.

    3. “2. QuickTime X has the control panel over the video. WTF, this is the worst design decision ever. ”

      At work we evaluate motion tests and scrub a lot – this bad UI over video makes QT basically unusable.

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  30. Will Quicktime X have flash support?

  31. Will Quicktime X have flash support? Will I be able to use my geethree iMovie plugins that I spent all this money on?

  32. nice lingo guys

  33. NO A/V controls!! Getting rid of X.

    1. Apparently, holding down option and pressing fast forward will increase by .1x. Not as good, but better than nothing.

  34. wesley Ronald BREWSTER Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    where is the pro….?????

  35. If QTX is full-featured, where in blazes is the “open image sequence” menu item? Good thing I’d moved QT7Pro into a separate folder; it survived the upgrade, … I’m tempted to simply delete X but here’s hoping there’ll be a pro version available shortly.

    1. andrew holzschuh zizzle Friday, October 16, 2009

      im right there with you on that one!!! i hope someone answers this soon! this isnt the only problem ive had with snow leopard.

  36. Is there anyway to trim multiple frames from a video without having to trim a frame at a time?

  37. How can I trim multiple frames in the middle of a movie without having to trim a frame at a time?

  38. QuickTime X is not QuickTime Pro | Darian Shimy Friday, September 4, 2009

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  39. not only that, he didn’t test the beta to be sure, 10a380 still has the old quicktime logo.

  40. QuickTime X is definitely NOT an improvement. With version 7 I thought it was headed in the right direction, but not any more. I tried the Trim feature, and all that can be done is to select one span you want to keep? No controls to edit anything out? PUHLEEZE!! This MUST be fixed.

  41. Quicktime 7 is moved to the utilities folder. I think that it just needs to be loaded once then it can be set as the default player. I had QTPro before I upgraded and once i loaded it from the utilities folder it became fully functional again.

    1. After upgrading to Snow Leopard, including checking to load QuickTime 7″ – one of the optional installs, I launched “QuickTime Play 7.app” and none of the QT PRO” features were enabled. I then opened the “Registration…” menu item under the QuickTime Player 7 menu and re-entered my QT 7 PRO license information and upon closing the dialog, the full set of QT PRO features were now enabled.

  42. I did not clarify that Hess was correct – if QuickTime 7 has been installed along with QuickTime X, the QuickTime Player 7 application is moved to the Utilities folder under the Applications folder

  43. Apple has yet again dumbed down america with less features for more “ease” of use. SAVE YOUR QT7 PRO from the Utilities Folder!!!!

  44. Will Quicktime X have flash support?

  45. I agree with all you guys. Hope QT7 will continue to be updated. At least – you still have it on your Snow Leopard install disk, it proves:


  46. Hey I need some help… I have some mpegs that I cannot get to play on my macbook… can anybody help…?

  47. qt x is really a fake!
    none of the pro functions is there, add to movie, export.

    i find it bad consumer treatment, its a bit like that little apple keyboard with the missing num pads coming with the new imacs. but there at least you CAN buy a new keyboard – here you cant buy a full feature qt , they want us to buy final cut

    1. *This* is the key point. Same way with iMovie 7, which deliberately prevents the user from adjusting audio frame-by-frame (a downgrade from iMovie 4), and which won’t let you export .dv files without losing quality.

      It’s nothing but an attempt to give us intentionally crappy software so we’ll upgrade to Final Cut. I’ve used Apple since the mid-80’s (when I was in grade school), but I’m really ashamed of what I see on this point.

  48. This is a JOKE!
    Remove Export Video and Audio Options :( Why?
    New QuicktimeX is beautiful but not special.
    Apple is FUMBLE!!!

  49. I’ve heard there are some wildlife groups trying to get Apple to do more stuff with the actual S.L.’s lol. I don’t know- people are saying it’s good PR for Apple- they should jump on that.

  50. With QT X, I can’t cut and paste the movie anymore like in QT 7. I don’t understand why these great features were removed in X version??

  51. I just found that if you re-install QT 7, then rename it to “Quicktime Player” and rename version X to “Quicktime Player X” and then put both in the Applications folder, QT 7 will be the default player.

    1. Can you tell me how to change the application’s name? If I go to the Application folder and click “Get Info,” the Name & Extension field is greyed out. (Just recently switched from PC.)

    2. @Jeff: You should be able to rename it the same way you rename other files: Select the application in a Finder window (so the name is highlighted); hit the Return key; type a new name; hit the Return key again. If that’s not allowed either, you are probably not logged in with admin privileges. In a Finder window, go to the Applications folder. If a struck-through pencil appears at the lower left corner of the Finder window, you’re not allowed to write to this folder, meaning you can’t alter filenames.

  52. I just upgraded to Snow Leopard but now the little video clip I took with my phone of my husband and grand daughter playing and laughing will not play back the sound portion – which is the BEST part – she is giggling histarically and now we can’t hear it. There are no A/V controls in the toolbar. Can anyone help me with this?

  53. Hey guys, the issue with Quicktime Pro is partially taken care of. You may have already discovered but I found this:

    Additional Information

    Information for QuickTime 7 Pro users:

    If you have a QuickTime 7 Pro registration code on your computer, QuickTime Player 7 is automatically installed in your Utilities folder during the Mac OS X v10.6 installation process. QuickTime Player 7 recognizes your valid registration code and enables QuickTime Pro functionality.
    If you need to manually enter your QuickTime 7 Pro registration code:

    1. Open QuickTime Player 7.
    2. Click the QuickTime Player 7 menu and choose Registration.
    3. Enter your QuickTime 7 Pro registration code.

    Note: QuickTime X does not use QuickTime Pro registration codes.

    the link to the page where I found this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3678

    I have tried, it does not work with all my movies but at least with a couple.

  54. I installed Snow Leopard yesterday and found that, along with getting QuickTime Player X, the installer saw my QT Pro registration and put a 10.6-compatible version of the old player in the Utils folder. I can still use that to get all the QT Pro functionality (as some of the commenters here have observed). The new player is annoying, though. My guess is that Apple decided to regard the player as (almost) purely a player; people who want to do editing, alter playback speed, or otherwise alter the video and audio are expected to do that in iMovie or something else. Since I’ve hardly used iMovie, I don’t know how many of those functions it includes. I especially don’t know about exporting options. For now, I’m just going to keep using QT Player 7 with the QT Pro features.

    1. iMovie (at least version 7.1.4, which I use) is all style and no substance. If you want to make a slide show from your iPhoto library using ken-burns-effect panning, it’s great. For everything else, it’s awkward and limiting. As far as I can tell, even something as simple as cutting a clip requires you to scroll to the beginning of that clip and select the first half of it like it’s a text block or something. Very frustrating–seems to me just a lame attempt to trick people into buying Final Cut.

  55. Another Apple half a-rse production. Quicktime X should do everything quicktime pro does but it does not. Start video automatically, start and size location saved, audio track control (kill audio if you want), Applescript control. Simple is nice, graphics is nice like a sports car but you still need access to engine. I had to install quicktime 7 and then use serial to make it do what I wanted but still cannot get rid of file title bar with coloured buttons.

  56. Absolutely unbelievable. Just bought a new MacBook Pro and got Final Cut Studio up and running. Despite having that software I often want to change aspect ratios of my work quickly and easily.

    Now… where is that option in Quicktime X… hmmm…. must be somewhere. No? Surely. NO!

    OK, Apple made a big mistake with that version, given I’m a TV prodfessional and now I don’t consider Quicktime X professional. So I’ll install Quicktime 7 and bash in my serial number. Oh… no, won’t let me do that because it proudly boasts I have ‘Quicktime X’ installed.


    Maybe Apple should take a leaf out of Windows book and ask its users to design the next OS!

    Love Apple but the bigger and more consumer edged they go, the more rotten the decisions they seem to make.

    1. just to let you know, if your having trouble installing quicktime 7 on SnowLeopard use the version on the Snow Leopard DvD not the retail install package which won’t let you install. I forget which folder on the dvd but use a “show all files” script to show the hidden folders on the dvd & go to the optional installs & install the quicktime7 package. Worked for me.

      1. Thank you, will try it now. You think the dumb mfers giving you their easy instructions on how to upgrade to pro would mention that.

  57. Just recently changed from PC and bought a Macbook Pro. My MPG-2 and AVI’s won’t work. Also just purchased a QuickTime Pro registration key. Can’t seem to figure out how to un-install QuickTime X. Any advice… Please !!!

    1. I had trouble with some mpegs in iMovie, but do you mean your movies from your PC won’t open at all with QuickTime Player 10?

    2. It’d help if you were more specific: what exactly happens, or what error message, do you see? And for exactly what filetype? Be aware that the video in an AVI file can be encoded in any of numerous ways, so you may simply be lacking the proper codec to play a particular file. (E.g., if you’re trying to play a DivX-encoded movie, you’ll definitely need to install a DivX codec. Same may be true for other formats.) Note that when you’ve got a file open in QuickTime Player, Apple-I will bring up an inspector that’ll give you encoding info on the file.

  58. NicePlayer just got Sherlocked.

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