what file types does quicktime support?

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  1. macrumors member

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    Sorry if this is a silly question, but does quicktime play either .avi, .mov, or .mpeg files? If not, does anyone know of a reputable player I can download for my mac that will? Thank you!
     
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    VLC player will play nearly all file types, and will go full screen for free. However, if you are Pablo/nap (PM me for details ;) ), or if you've actually purchased Quicktime, you can install the Perian plugin for Quicktime, which allows it to play all file formats.
     
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    apfhex

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    Yes, QT plays MOV, MPEG, and AVI files. Those (with the exception of MPEG) are just container formats though. The audio and video they contain many be encoded in formats that QT can't play "out of the box", like Divx files. Get the Perian and Flip4Mac plugins and QT will be able to play *most* files you encounter, but if it still can't then use VLC.
     
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    dpaanlka

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    iTunes does full screen for free, too. QuickTime + Perian + Flip4Mac = all file types full screen (and nicely organized) in iTunes, for free.
     
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    Okay so I've got Perian and Flip4mac now, but the .avi file I am trying to play still doesn't work in quicktime (the picture doesn't come up and the sound is all distorted) Am I right in thinking I should try and play it in iTunes?
     
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    Perian isn't perfect. Try VLC and mplayer.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    what about .swf (shockwave movie files)

    Alright, I've got QT player 7.5 and I'm looking at upgrading to the Pro version... I've been tinkering with Jing, a screen-capture program which outputs video ONLY in the .swf format. Converting those files to something that is iMovie friendly is one of my main objectives, so I'd rather not plunk down the $30 only to find out that the QT Pro doesn't support .swf

    Anybody out there know whether the current version of QT Pro supports (reading) .swf's?

    Thank you,

    TGilk
     
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    ltldrummerboy

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    Quicktime, pro or not, does not support .swf files. I don't know of any software that can edit them. If you need to make an editable screencast, Jing is not the way to go. I don't know of any other free ones that do video though.
     
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    ltldrummerboy

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    Playing it in iTunes won't do anything. It uses Quicktime to do all the work in the background. If Quicktime won't play it, try Mplayer.
     

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