Leaving Quicktime behind

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by -hh, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. -hh macrumors 68020

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    With the news that Quicktime (QT) is dead on Windows, and with the observation that the QT7 plug-in has been disabled on Safari under OS X, it looks like Apple is killing off Quicktime entirely.

    To that end, what's its replacement, and how should one go about converting files into the new format (whatever that is?)

    Similarly, since my current QT7 content is causing problems, just how would I go about converting it to QT X?


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  2. DrNeroCF macrumors 6502

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    What format would you have backed up to that's specifically 7? Anything that 7 can play that X can't, I would probably use VLC to play.
     
  3. -hh thread starter macrumors 68020

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    True, I can probably use a tool like VLC for local viewing, but my primary concern right now are video content that I've created (usually in iMovie) and then uploaded to my websites ... this stuff gets viewed under a web browser and that's where I've noticed the "sorry, no QT7 plug-in" error message.

    Here's an example which currently fails on Safari under OS X (which says that the QT7 plug-in is no longer enabled) as well as failing on IE under Windows 7 (which doesn't have QT installed):

    http://www.photo-hh.com/video/page0/files/page0-1002-pop.html

    IIRC, the workflow for this particular page was video created under iMovie, then page put together in Rapidweaver.
     
  4. kohlson macrumors 6502a

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    QT7/Pro was awesome, for its day. The controls, the ability to absorb new codecs, and more -- the Swiss Army Knife of video / media work. But that day is now gone. I seem to recall something about unsecure, 32-bit architecture. Probably covered in the wiki page. At any rate, Apple has been pretty clear that QT7 is going away. I think QTX is here to stay until the Next Best Thing comes along.
     
  5. sevoneone macrumors 6502

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    I think the writing was on the wall for QuickTime when they replaced it in the media layer with AV Foundation back in Lion. Most everything that QuickTime ever did is now baked into OS X. How will this affect users of Editing Apps on Windows that use Apple ProRes though? ProRes is baked into some high-end cameras, and is really well liked with editors.

    The page you linked to uses Object and Embed tags that make direct calls for the QT plugin. The video file itself looks to be straight forward and compliant H.264 and AAC, which should playback with just about anything from the past decade without needing anything special.

    It is the the code Rapidweaver generated that is causing the dependency on the QuickTime plugin. HTML 5 has much better ways for handling Audio and Video files that are considered far more modern. I don't know much about Rapidweaver, but a quick Google search shows that there are add-ons that add HTML 5 media capabilities. Even before the announcement about QuickTime I would have recommended updating your sites to HTML 5 video. https://www.google.com/#q=rapidweaver+html5+video
     

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