Quicktime won't allow me to skip ahead

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by CyrusOz, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. CyrusOz macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2009
    I can't find an answer to this anywhere on this board or on the internet, although i admit I'm possibly using the wrong terminology in my searches but I've tried everything I can think of.

    Whenever I open a video file of any extension in VLC or DIVX player, I can simply skip ahead to any place in the video clip, but when I open a file in quicktime I can't skip ahead like that, it takes ages to 'buffer' fully before it will allow me to skip ahead. The only time i can skip ahead in quicktime is when I'm using a .mov file.

    Now I know that the native quicktime file extension is .mov but is there a way I can play other file extensions in quicktime without the delay of the 'buffering' effect before I can skip ahead?

    Thanks for you help.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You could try if Perian can remedy that, but as QT is specialised with files using the QT container (.mov), it might be hard to accomplish.
  3. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2009
    I actually found perian but wasn't sure if I would get any benefit from it.. I'll give it a go.

    thanks for your help :)
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The QuickTime frameworks are much more flexible than you imply. Shuttling back and forth within a video is a QuickTime specialty. This functionality is by no means limited to the .mov container. The only video format that I have found with shuttle issues is .wmv. That is a limitation of Microsoft's format. Even in the case of .wmv, the video will shuttle back and forth after it has been indexed by the Flip4Mac codec.
  5. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    FLV too. But it shouldn't be too long a wait unless it's an humongous file. (But then, you'd need Perian installed in order to view FLV, wouldn't you?)
  6. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2009
    I downloaded Perian and that solved the problem for almost all of the file types, and you're quite right that the issue seems to stem from .wmv specifically now. I'll download the flip4mac application and see if that makes any kind of difference.

    Thanks again for your feedback :)

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