QT vs QT Pro

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  1. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

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    i was considering buying quick time pro, i guess just becuase i like apple stuff. i am still new to macs and was basically wondering what QT Pro can do. i read the apple page for it, though what are some real life uses that some of you use it for?
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  2. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    two real-life features: full-screen video, and ability to save clips from web browser. there are others, too, but these alone justify the cost; however, in my opinion, these features should be in quicktime standard.
     
  3. tonywalker23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i hardly ever mess with video, usually just audio. so i guess that i could find something else to spend the money on theat would help out with my audio editing
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Like JFreak said, fullscreen and ease of saving things from a browser are nice plusses. The big ones for me, though, are the lack of the splash screen when you start QT Player (which I actually like), and the MASSIVE variety of basic editing and recompression options that it opens up. You can pay hundreds of dollars for access to a compression system like the one QT Pro has.

    If you work with audio, there's less reason, but you can still extract audio tracks from a video file, cut and paste audio clips (possible in iMovie, but easier in QT Player), and export to a variety of compressed and streaming formats (not MP3, unfortunately, but almost anything else).
     
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Yep. Also for full-screen and save options.
    I also use it for converting movies.
     
  6. Earendil macrumors 68000

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    Anyone know when the next expected release for QT Pro is? I've thought about getting it as I now have my new (and my own) Mac, but don't want to buy something that will be outdated in a few weeks/months :)
    How about this question if the first one is widely unknown, when was the last major release done?

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  7. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Copy and paste are the features I use. I can make clips that are a combination of different Quicktime files. Edit my movies from my digital camera that aren't DV clips but just AVI clips, export a movie to a higher compression version for email. I also used it to make my own music mixes. And converting to WAV, AVI etc.. Also saving movies from the Internet. Extract the sound of a movie trailer. Also change the sound track of a clip to something else. Slice my favorite part of a mp3 file and export it as a sound clip for a desktop sound.

    Apple's website just doesn't demostrate how much more powerful Quicktime Pro is compared to Quicktime Lite.
     
  8. thecow macrumors 6502

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    I think that you only have to pay for a new key when there is a major upgrade like from 5.7 to 6.0.
     
  9. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Kind of a strange history on which QT Pro licenses were upgradable.
    Only QuickTime 3 Pro to QT 4 Pro was upgradable... i.e. used the same license. Ever since it was a new one required every new release (not the .x updates)
     
  10. janey macrumors 603

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    dont forget in safari you can click onthat little arrow thing and save the movie..saves me tons of time...
    another thing is that you need qt pro if you want to use something like divxdoctor (to change .avi files to .mov so they can be played flawlessly in qt).
     
  11. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

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    fullscreen mode

    When you guys say "fullscreen," what if I have a 20" Cinema Display? Will there still be black space above and below the picture (as in Apple DVD Player's fullscreen mode), or will it really fill the WHOLE screen?

    Thanks for any reply...
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Re: fullscreen mode

    It will preserve the aspect ratio of the movie, so if you're playing a widescreen file (i.e. same ratio as your screen, I think that's 16:9 or 16:10?), itwill fill your screen. If it's 'normal' ratio (i.e. 4:3) then there will be black bars left and right.

    QuickTime can actually stretch a movie to any size, but if it has to change the aspect ratio, the performance suffers considerably.
     
  13. ionas macrumors regular

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    1. feature can be done with VLC or Video Player

    http://www.videolan.org

    2. feature can be used via view html src - there look for the quick time embed/object.
     
  14. dukemeiser macrumors 6502a

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    About the only thing I use QT Pro for is editing audio files. Especially those songs that lead into another song, and you get some music at the very end of a track. With QT, I just cut that off, export to AIFF, convert to AAC using iTunes.
     
  15. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    It can also be done by turning on the Quicktime option to save to cache, and then looking in /tmp for the saved movie.
     

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