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Currently, there are few applications bundled with Mountain Lion that can play media. iTunes and QuickTime player are two of them. In this movie we'll look at working with media in QuickTime Player. So first we need to launch it. There it is, and now I need to open a media file. So Open File, look at my Documents folder, and here is a movie. I'll click on Open, and there's our movie. When you drag your cursor into the movie window, you see controls. Drag it out and the controls disappear so you can focus on the video. I'll drag it in.
Notice we have a few controls here. One is for adjusting the volume down and up, you can go back, play, forward, here's a share button that we'll look at in a bit. There's also a timeline so that you can scrub through your movie and see where you are, and then there are time indications on either side. If you like you can also go full screen. And in a case where the movie isn't widescreen, you can have it stretch to fill the screen, or bring it back to its normal aspect ratio.
Let's get out of full screen, and here again is our movie. So you start playing, and as I said you can scrub through. Now there are some keyboard commands you can use that are really useful. So go back to the beginning. I'll now press the spacebar to start playing. If I want to go to the end of the movie, I hold on the Option key and press the right arrow. That takes me to the end.
Option+left arrow takes me to the beginning. I can fast forward it as I'm playing. So I start playing. Press the command key, right arrow, that's 2X, 4x, and 8x. So I'll press the spacebar, and now we're back to normal speed. I can do this rewinding, so I can scrub back by pressing Command+left arrow, that's 2x back, press again it's 4x back, and press one more time and that's 8x back, press spacebar and we start playing back at normal speed again.
You can also trim movies within QuickTime Players. So to do that go to the Edit menu, choose Trim, and you see this little Trim bar here. So drag either side of that bar, click on Trim, and the movie is reduced to that shorter length. In this case, I don't want to leave it trimmed, so I will choose Edit > Undo trim. Now I mentioned the share button, so we'll move the cursor around to make the controls appear, click on share, and you can share this movie out in various ways.
You can send it As email message, via Message, you could AirDrop it, post it to Facebook, post it to YouTube, post it to Vimeo, and you can also post it to Flickr. All of these require that you set up an account for these last services. Note that when you export some of these things, if the movie is huge and you've chosen to export as an email message, it will automatically be compressed so it isn't such a large file. So if you started out with, say, 100 megabyte movie, it will be compressed down quite a bit so that it will fit through your typical email gateway.
So maybe it's sent out at seven megabytes, for example. At that quality it's going to be very small and the video isn't going to look great, but for something like this, which happens to be taken from YouTube, that's okay because the quality wasn't terrific to begin with. In a lot of cases you just want to share these things with your friends and they don't have to be high quality. And that's media playback in QuickTime. Old-time Mac users who miss some of the more extensive editing features of QuickTime 7 Pro should know that Apple still sells this version of QuickTime on its website for just $29.
Also, if you have a version of QuickTime Pro 7 it will still run under Mountain Lion. And that's QuickTime player as a media player.
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