Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I'm starting to think they have given up on Quicktime development entirely.
Here we are 4 or five revisions in from the buggy, kludgy mess that was released as "Quicktime X" and still it's a "work in progress" lacking some of the most basic features and capabilities of the original Quicktime and still with a few entirely new problems of it's own.
I know it only came out with Snow Leopard, but it's a core OS component. You'd think it would be working a lot better by now.
QuickTime isnt just an app. In SL its the framework engine" that was developed for iOS that is now running on Mac OS X for QuickTime.app, iTunes.app and a bunch of other things that tie into it.
The app itself is simple, and likely designed that way. The changes we saw were a great thing for QT which had essentially been features and updated bolted to it since its debut in 1991. QuickTime was designed as a video player with very basic editing capabilities, and the Pro version was designed, well, for pros. These really shouldnt be part of the same app and as Apple restructured and grew after Steve came back we saw great con/prosumer video editing tools hit the Mac. Its clear they want this app to be a video player. Im sure new features will be coming, but not the prosumer level of editing we saw with QuickTime 7. That ship has sailed.
As for being buggy, Im not sure if you are referring to the app or the framework but I dont recall any bugs or crashes, expect when it was first introduced as a Beta. However, months ago I did default all my videos to open with Movist so my usage of QTX has dropped considerably. Movist is like a Mac native version of VLC without all the bugs. Talk about a crashy app.
Originally Posted by PaulMJohnson
Any chance you could elaborate on the problems you're seeing with Quicktime X? I've been thinking of buying the Pro licence, mostly to allow me to convert movies to a format useable by my Apple TV and iPad.
If you see issues with Quicktime, would you say they would adversely effect what I'm trying to do, and would you have any other recommendations in it's place?
Im with Masterz1337. Dont buy a Pro license for QuickTime 7. There are plenty old QT7 Pro licenses floating around.
On top of that, you really dont need it. You can just use QuickTime X to convert to H.264. Thats built in! And if you more complex needs there is always HandBrake which is also HW accelerated.
For simple batch files I much prefer iSquint. Set it and forget it. It will even copy to iTunes. This was free but is no longer being supported but you can freely download it from newsgroups and torrent sites. Same goes for the now defunct VisualHub by the same devs. Its more complex but offers more options. The base code for VisualHub is now part of VideoMonkey, which is also free and has setting for grabbing and/or editing the metadata.
My choices are QTX for one off conversions and cropping of videos, iSquint for batch conversions, and QT 7 Pro for drag-and-drop video stitching.
PS: You can also use YouTube to upload a private video. Let them convert to H.264 and then download it, but that is likely the slowest method and likely to lose the most quality from the lossy encoding.
Originally Posted by tonton
I haven't used the Quicktime player much, but I was astonished to see that apparently you can't make a selection in a clip under Quicktime X, to crop or copy. Fortunately, when QTX was introduced, I heeded others' advice and rescued Quicktime Player 7 from my install discs.
Sure you can. They offered the Trim feature back in the Betas of 10.6. It works great.