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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
Currently, there are three applications bundled with Lion that can play media. There is DVD Player which of course plays DVDs, iTunes which can play both music and movies, and QuickTime Player. In this movie, we'll look at working with media in QuickTime and now we need to open some movie files. Normally, when you're editing video you want to create a project of some kind. So I am going to take the assets, meaning the media files I have, and put them into a folder on the desktop. So we will call this QuickTime Project.
I will go to my Documents folder, take that audio file and movie file, and I will grab one more movie file and I want to put it there in my folder. So let's open my Travel Podcast movie in QuickTime. I just have to double-click on it. It's a .mov file, so it will open by default into QuickTime. Here's the Play button. I hit Play, and sure enough the movie starts playing. (Music playing) Now let's go back to the beginning.
You see we have some controls in this window. One is the Volume Control, Rewind, again Play or Pause, Fast Forward. This is the Share menu. I am going to show you that later, and we have the Timeline and the playhead. If we drag the playhead we could scrub through the movie. Then you see time indicators on either end. I'll take that back to the beginning. I can play full-screen video by clicking on the Full Screen button, clicking Play.
(Music playing) Go back to the regular size of the window, and there we are! Now that we have our movie, if we choose to, we can export it or we can share it and I will show you what those commands look like. We'll go to the File menu, choose Export, and you see we have a few options from the Format pop-up menu. 480p, 720p, iPod touch & iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV, and Audio Only.
I am going to concentrate on the iPod touch & iPhone 3GS option and the other iOS option. The reason I am is because they both provide a different resolution. When you choose iPod touch & iPhone 3GS, you'll see that it exports up to 480p. So what's this 480p stuff? That is standard definition video. In the old television with an old CRT in it, it has kind of a square picture. That's 480p. It looks great on these older TVs. It doesn't look great on HDTVs because they like to be widescreen.
So they're not only lower resolution, but they're also smaller files and they're also compatible with these devices that are listed here. If you choose iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV, this is a higher resolution video at 720p. 720p is one of the HD standards. So 720p will be played on an HDTV. It can also be played on your computer or these iOS devices that are listed in this pop-up menu. Again, the video looks great, but it is a much larger file size.
You also have options to share your video. So we go to the Share menu. First option is iTunes. Again, we have 420p here which is for the iPod and iPhone or we have the 720p option which is for the iPad, iPhone 4 & Apple TV. Now if we had a 1080p video which is a higher resolution standard, we would also have the option to export this for Mac and PC. We don't have that option because QuickTime doesn't do something called upscaling, and that's taking a lower resolution video and scaling it up to a higher resolution video.
That kind of upscaling doesn't look very good, so QuickTime doesn't do it. I'll click Cancel. Also, in the Share menu you see options for sharing to MobileMe Gallery, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, and Facebook. These are all Internet-based destinations. Choose one of them. Let's say YouTube for example. A sheet comes down and you enter your Username and your Password. Once you do that, click Sign In and then the video is uploaded to that service. We also have the option to share the video via Mail, and this is what it looks like.
So I click Mail. I have two options. I can send it at actual size or I can send it at 480p. If I send it at actual size, that movie file is going to be quite large and it may not fit through an email gateway. Certain ISPs will limit the amount of data that can come through in a single email message, say to 10 Megabytes for example. I could certainly encode it at this setting, but there's a possibility that it won't be able to go through to the intended recipient. If I want to make a smaller movie, instead I choose 480p.
This is more likely to get through that gateway. Now I click on Share. Once we hit Share, QuickTime will export the movie. When it finishes doing that it opens a new email message with the movie embedded. So you can see it's embedded here, ready to send. All I have to do at this point is address it, fill in the subject heading, and send the message out. So I will close this window, don't save, and I will quit Mail.
There a few other things that you can do with your movie. For example, go to Edit and Trim. When you do that, a trim bar appears. So I can trim the beginning of the movie as well as the end. Now I am going to hit this Trim button in a second, but watch what happens here at the top of the window. Currently, it reads Travel Podcast.mov. I click Trim and it changes to Untitled and it does, because it's just created a new version of this movie.
The original movie file is still intact. It hasn't been changed. But what it's done is created a separate file. So I haven't really lost any of my media. I can always return to that original file if I want my source material back. Let's go to View > Show Clips. We have a single clip here. I will click Done. Now I will move the playhead to say this point right here, this bunch of olives. Now I'll go to Edit and choose Split Clip.
Now View > Show Clips and you can see that I have now two clips. here is the first one, here's the second. I can continue splitting clips if I wanted to. So I take the first clip, drag it over, and put it after my first clip. So now the end of the movie is at the beginning, and the beginning of the movie is at the end. Now I can do a little light editing by adding another clip. So we'll go to the Project folder, I'll grab the second movie, and I can drag it into my QuickTime project here, and now you see that I have another clip inserted between the first and second clip.
So if I bring my playhead over to the end of that first clip, click Play, now we go to the other movie. So this is the end of that one, click Play, and now I've moved to the other clip. So this is certainly not a full scale movie editing program. It's not even iMovie, but it is a way to do some quick and dirty edits using a free application.
One other thing I want to show you is that you can drag audio clips and add them if you want. Now quite honestly, this isn't all that useful a feature, because you can't alter the volume of the audio in the audio track or in the video track. So I can move my playhead say to this point, click Play. (Music playing) So I can add a soundtrack, but I can't knock down the volume so that I can hear what's happening in the video.
Anyway, just something you might want to know. You may find a use for it. Again, I don't find it incredibly helpful, but it is a feature that's built into QuickTime Player. With that we'll click done, we'll close this window, we won't save. I close my project file, and that's media playback and light editing in QuickTime. Now old time Mac users who miss some of the more extensive editing features of QuickTime Pro 7 should know that Apple still sells this version of QuickTime on its website for $29.
Also, if you have a version of QuickTime Pro 7, it will still run under Lion. If you want to learn more about QuickTime Pro 7, take a look at my movie on that very subject in Leopard Essential Training.
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