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Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of Apple OS X, adds more than 200 new features to the operating system. In this workshop, author and expert Chad Chelius shows you how to take advantage of all the power that Mountain Lion puts at your fingertips. After learning how to install and set up the software, create and work with user accounts, and find your way around the interface, you'll get tips on using Mountain Lion to surf the web, send email, play audio and video, and much more. And you'll be introduced to new features like dictation, the Notification Center, and the Reminders, Notes, and Messages applications.
The QuickTime player, although not new to Mountain Lion, is much more powerful than it was when it was first introduced. Not only can you play movies and audio using the QuickTime player, but you can also make them too. Let's take a look. I'm going to begin by launching the QuickTime player on my computer. So, I'm going to use Launch Pad here. And I'll just type quick up here, to filter down my applications, and I'll press enter to launch the QuickTime player. Now, the first thing I want to do, is show you how you can play a movie file using QuickTime. So I'll go to the File menu.
I'm going to choose Open File. And I'm going to navigate to the project files for this course in the lesson seven folder. I'm going to select a file called water.mov. I'm going to go ahead and click the open button and this is going to open a basic movie file that I recorded using my iPhone. Now, the QuickTime player, when you have a movie open, you can see that we have this nice little floating controller that allows us to adjust the volume right here. We can scrub through the video. We can play it.
>> So, believe me. If if had, if I had my way, we would have. But. >> And we can even share it from this location as well. As you can see we can share it via email, message, air drop, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, and Flickr. So it's a really powerful tool for just playing movies that you might have on your computer. Now I'm going to go ahead and close this file, because one of the powerful features of QuickTime Player is found under the File menu. You'll notice that we can create a new movie recording, audio recording, or screen recording.
So for example, if I choose new movie recording, if I had a camera connected, it would record the video coming out of that camera. Now as you can see, it is recording my audio right here, or at least recognizes it, but there's no camera, so I can't do this one. Let's go ahead and close that. Next I can go to the File menu and choose New Audio Recording. What you want to do is over here, make sure it's recording from the proper microphone that you're using. It could be a built-in microphone or an external. And set your quality as well. Now if I click the record button and I start recording, you'll see what happens. Hello.
This is a test of the audio recording feature of the QuickTime player. When I click the stop button, it'll finish recording. I'll click the red button to close it, and this will give me the opportunity to save this. So I'm just going to call this audio test and I'll go ahead and put that on my desktop. I'm going to save it as a audio only file and I'll go ahead and click the Save button. You'll notice now I have this file right here on my desktop and what's great about the Mac is that I can click right here to test this audio file without opening another application. So if I click that play button.
Hello, this is a test of the audio recording feature of the QuickTime player. You can see that the audio feature works just fine. I'm going to go back to QuickTime. Go ahead and launch that again. And the final option is to create a new screen recording. And what that means, is that it's going to record part of your screen. Now what you want to do, again, click on this triangle and make sure it's recording from the proper microphone. You can see now, it's recognizing my voice and when I click the record button, it'll give me an indicator telling me that I can just click the screen to record the whole screen or I can drag to record part of it. So, let's say I just wanted to focus on this top right corner. I could click and drag so that it only records that area. And then when I click Start Recording it's going to record what I do. So now any move I make with the mouse, any option I drag, any move that I make, the screen recording is going to record the video as well as the audio. So when I'm finished, I can click Stop.
It's going to render the video, and now I have my own self-contained movie. So, if I play this, thus, any option I drag, any move that I make, the screen recording is going to record the video as well as the audio. So when I'm finished I'll, so I'll go ahead and stop that, and if I want to save it I can just close this and give it a name. Call this movie test, save it as a movie, and click Save. I'll go ahead and quit the QuickTime player.
And you can see now that we have these two files to use for whatever purpose you wish. I'm sure you can see how the QuickTime player can be used for a number of different and useful applications. When it comes to creating your own movie recording, you already have just about all you need in the QuickTime player.
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