any way to make quicktime stay on top and have a small screen? like wmp11 can?

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  1. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    i'm often watching / listening to video lectures and I was wondering if there was a way to make the video appear in thumbnail size and always stay on top no matter what other windows i'm searching in... say searching the net.

    Or should I be using another program?

    I'm new to macs and know how to do it with WMP on PCs. Please help if you know how. I'm getting final cut but i'm assuming that will be major overkill for just watching video lectures.

    T
     
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  3. mklos macrumors 68000

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    I don't know of any program that will do so with QuickTime, or any other app. FCP is a professional video editing suite and will not help you with this issue. FCP will just edit videos and if you're not going to use this on a professional basis, then you could consider either iMovie, or FCE (Final Cut Express). FCE is a stripped down version of FCP, but looks and acts just like it. Its just missing a few features.

    Check out www.versiontracker.com There may be a shareware program available out there that may do what you want.


    FYI: Its not good forum manners to keep bumping your topics to the top just because they didn't get answered. They most likely didn't get answered because nobody knows the answer and/or doesn't have the time to explain.
     
  4. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    FYI: Its not good forum manners to keep bumping your topics to the top just because they didn't get answered. They most likely didn't get answered because nobody knows the answer and/or doesn't have the time to explain.[/QUOTE]

    when your post in one the bottom of page 2, you bump it.
     
  5. VortexOfPain macrumors member

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    Quicktime preview

    You can just minimize your quicktime window, and the movie will continue to play in the dock. This way it's out of your way, and you can adjust how big you want the preview to be by adjusting the size of your dock or turn on magnification.
     
  6. glennp macrumors member

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    If you don't like viewing the movies in the Dock, here's two more free ways:

    1) Open up your Stickies applications. Create a new sticky that floats. Put your quicktime file in there. Make the window large enough so you can see the controls at the bottom. Click play and the movie will float. You get the added bonus of making it transparent if you wish.

    2) Download Bitplayer. It's a freeware player that supports floating windows for movies. http://www.tanjero.com/
     
  7. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It has been 1 year since I asked before,

    Is there anyway to float quicktime window on top of your other windows?

    I want to have a video float on top of a slideshow on .ppt

    that way I can quickly go full screen video when needed and then shrink video to look at the high resolution .ppt file.

    VLC will float, but I lose audio when I increase video playback speed.
     
  8. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    QuickTime is not the equivalent of Media Player, iTunes actually is. So you might try loading the files into iTunes (which has that ability when you click the zoom button). Otherwise I'm not sure.
     
  9. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Here's a 3rd Party install that might work for you called afloat.
    Never used it before but hope it works.
     
  10. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    but VLC and DivX player float - and those are not as bulky as Itunes or WMP.

    However, the playback control is far superior in Quicktime to VLC.

    VLC is starting to work on the playback in one of the nightly versions - i think 12/12 version.

    Unfortunately, quicktime is still better than VLC in many areas.
     
  11. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    The stable version (Beta 3) of Afloat works fine in Leopard and I use it with Quicktime (and VLC) and no problems. Not only does it keep windows on top you can choose a level of translucency. This is an excellent application.
     
  12. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    I agree VLC lacks in control features, but what is a "nightly" version? Please describe that term.

    -jim
     
  13. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    why dont you just play the movie in iTunes like maxrobertson suggested. you can set videos to play in a seperate window and make it float above other applications in iTunes' preferences under playback.

    QuickTime Player is the equivalent of classic media player in windows and iTunes is the equivalent of WMP.
     
  14. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    just got afloat - it totally rocks. everyone should get it.

    the nightly versions of VLC are what the coders improve on and post for people to try out. They are not supported on tiger, but the 12/12/07 version works on tiger and that has better playback control features.

    check them out here and please help them out if you can:
    http://forum.videolan.org/viewforum.php?f=12
    http://nightlies.videolan.org/
     
  15. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    Those "nightly" versions are not necessarily stable, just so you know.
     
  16. scannerfm77 macrumors newbie

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    Totally agree with you, Dude!
     

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