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Playing media in QuickTime

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Playing media in QuickTime

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.

Playing media in QuickTime

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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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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