Mac OS X to the Max: Taking QuickTime Further

You've learned a lot about QuickTime, but even so, there is a lot more you can do. In this section, you'll get some tips to help you go even further with QuickTime.

Using QuickTime Pro to Convert Files into Other Formats

QuickTime supports many types of file formats that you are likely to encounter on the Internet as well as on CD-ROMs and other sources of multimedia files. These files can contain all sorts of content, everything from videos to sounds to still images and combinations of all of these. One of the most powerful features of QuickTime Pro is the ability to use it to convert files into different formats. You can import many file types into QuickTime Player and then export them or save them in a different format.

To import non-QuickTime movie content into QuickTime Player, use the Import command on the File menu.

Table 19.4 lists some of the more useful files you can create using the Export command on QuickTime Player's File menu. In the "Save exported file as" dialog box, you can use the Export pop-up menu to choose many formats, including those listed in Table 19.4. After you choose a format, you can set the options used for the export with the Use pop-up menu and Options button.

Table 19.4. Useful File Formats to Which QuickTime Player Can Export Content

Export to Format


Movie to AVI

This exports a movie to the Windows AVI format. The AVI format is a standard on the PC side of things, so this is useful if you want to provide movies for Windows users (although they would be better off using the Windows version of QuickTime).

Movie to BMP

You can convert frames of a movie into the BMP format, which is the Windows bitmap image format.

Movie to DV Stream

This is an extremely useful function because it enables you to export QuickTime movies in the DV format so that you can then import them into a digital video editing application.

Movie to MPEG-4

This creates an MPEG-4 version of the movie, which will have high quality and relatively small file size. The only downside is that the recipient's movie player has to be capable of handling MPEG-4 content, which not all do.

Sound to AIFF

This option enables you to save the movie's sound in the AIFF format, which can be used in almost any application that works with sound. You can also export sounds from your movies in this format to use as system sounds.

Sound to Wave

This is a sound format that is common on Windows PCs.

When you select one of these export formats, you can use the Options button to configure the specifications to export the file with. In the resulting Settings dialog box, you can configure the format you are exporting. For example, when you export a movie as a DV Stream, you can choose the video format and the audio format. If you use the MPEG-4 format, you will see a Settings dialog box with five tabs that enable you to configure various aspects of the resulting MPEG-4 movie, such as its size, video and audio quality, streaming properties, and compatibility. Although covering the options for specific formats is beyond the scope of this book, you should take a look at the options that are available for specific export formats that you use.

Using QuickTime Player Keyboard Shortcuts

QuickTime Player keyboard shortcuts are shown in Table 19.5.

Table 19.5. Keyboard Shortcuts for QuickTime Player


Keyboard Shortcut



Add Movie As Favorite


Add Scaled (scale frames to selection)


Close Player window






Find Again


Get movie properties


Jump crop markers to Playhead, play movie forward, and begin selecting frames

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-right arrow; hold down Shift-graphics/mac.gif keys to continue process



Move to next crop marker or to end of movie

Shift-Option-left arrow

Move to next crop marker or to start of movie

Shift-Option-right arrow

Move Playhead backward one frame

Left arrow

Move Playhead and crop marker backward one frame

Shift-left arrow

Move Playhead forward one frame

Right arrow

Move Playhead and crop marker forward one frame

Shift-right arrow

New Player Window


Open URL


Pause movie (movie playing)

Spacebar or Return

Play movie (movie paused)

Spacebar or Return

Play movie at double size


Play movie at half size


Play movie at normal size


Play movie backward (review)

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Play movie forward at higher speed

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Play movie in Full Screen mode


Play movie in reverse while moving right crop marker to deselect frames

Shift-graphics/mac.gif-left arrow; hold down Shift-graphics/mac.gif keys to continue process

Play Selected Frames Only


Replace selected frames


Select All Frames


Select None (no frames)


Show Movie Info


Turn down volume

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Turn volume to maximum

Shift-Option-up arrow

Turn volume to minimum

Shift-Option-down arrow

Turn up volume

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