Quicktime X Lacks MIDI Support

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Papajohn56, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. Papajohn56 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2005
    Anyone else caught this? If I try to open a MIDI file in QTX, it tells me I need to launch QT7. Why would Apple release a half-complete version of QTX?
  2. axlin macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    Quicktime 10 OS X do lack MIDI support...

    Yep, I found out that it indeed does lack MIDI support and that you have to install an old version (7) for this to work!
    Sounds strange to me...
  3. Raptor007 macrumors newbie


    Jan 19, 2005
    Seattle, WA, USA
    QuickTime should start supporting more formats, not fewer!

    What a strange omission. You would think QuickTime is extensible enough that they could include a MIDI component in the latest release. It's not like a MIDI wavetable eats up a ton of space.

    They're really working backwards from where they should be going; I use VLC almost exclusively for video playback because QuickTime has such weak format support, where VLC can play just about anything. Heck, my original Xbox running an old version of XBMC can play far more formats than QuickTime! :p

    Fortunately, I had QuickTime 7 installed because I always install any "old" software whenever Apple makes it available as an optional component. Otherwise you're left without vital tools like Rosetta and older Mac OS X (10.3/10.4) development targets in Xcode.
  4. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Isn't it supposed to just default to QT7 for whatever it needs that the new Quicktime doesn't have yet? Or am I misunderstanding how QTKit works? I mean, QTX Player has no problems with Ogg after installing XiphQT, for instance.

    *sigh* Quicktime X just isn't done yet. It seems they just got a few central features bug-free, and shoved the rest for 10.7.
  5. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    if you want a technical explanation, ars has a very good one.

    Quicktime X is really a ground-up rewrite, and in order to have full support for the feature list that you come to expect, they made a quicktime 7 bridge. I'd suspect 10.7 will have more if not all of the rest of the support natively in quicktime X.
  6. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    You have to keep in mind that QuickTime X has still not been released for Windows, and iTunes among other applications still use QuickTime 7 to playback content.

    Clearly, we're in a transitional period. Apple is giving up something like 18 years of API development with the move to QTKit/QuickTime X.

    I would expect updates to QuickTime at WWDC. I don't believe Apple's done with it. The current version is more like a beta than anything else.
  7. bonk22 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2014
    If you want to get midi support back in Quicktime Go to http://apple.com/feedback and complain and keep complaining. Apple discontinued midi support in Mountain Lion. They don't listen to the forums, they do listen to feedback. Keep at them until they fix it.
  8. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    The last post on this thread was 2010, dude.

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