How to avoid multiple Quicktime windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by keaide, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. keaide macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    When clicking on a video file, then quicktime opens a player window and the video start playing. When I now click on another video file, then _another_quicktime windows open and the 2 videos play in parallel. How can I avoid this and make quicktime to use the first window, i.e. stop playing the first video and playing the second video instead in that window. (for example, that is what VLC is doing...)
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    OK. The QuickTime Player does not have a playlist. If you want a playlist, then you must use VLC, any of the various versions of MPlayer, Movist, Elmedia Player, Cellulo, etc. The bottomline is that you have a lot of options to get exactly what you want. However, the QuickTime Player is not one of them.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    See if, in your QuickTime Player preferences, there is a checkbox for "Open movies in new players". If so, unselect it.
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If the OP is using QuickTime 7, this will do what they want. In QuickTime X, there are no user-accessible preferences, so this isn't an option. Good potential solution, though.

  5. keaide thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    Yes, it's Quicktime X. There are several configuration options that you can enable/disable via terminal (such as starting the playback automatically), but so far, I did not find any such option to use only one window.

    I don't need playlists but what I do is having a Finder window open and want to play a selection of the video files in there ("free browsing"). I was just wondering if that works with Quicktime in the same nice and clean "one-window" way as with VLC.

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