Embedded content gets new look with Apple's QuickTime X

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in macOS edited January 2014
Apple is reportedly exploring a new design interface for Web-embedded content in QuickTime X, eschewing the current gray palette and adopting a sleek, black look for the controls while viewing media.



According to information from an AppleInsider reader, the new QuickTime X interface for embedded media is similar to a design tweak reportedly given to the QuickTime player for content accessed locally. Much like the proposed tweaks to the QuickTime X standalone player, the cosmetic changes for embedded content controls would signal a shift from the program's longstanding traditional look.



QuickTime X is the latest iteration of Apple's media software. It is due to ship with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard this September. Apple has described the update as an application that "optimizes support for modern audio and video formats resulting in extremely efficient media playback."



The new QuickTime X design for embedded content adopts a black theme.



Earlier this year, AppleInsider unveiled the proposed new look of the QuickTime X Player. Unlike the current version of QuickTime Player 7.6 -- which reserves considerable real estate for sizable, platinum-themed video controls at the base of the each player window -- QuickTime X Player is said to forgo all traditional interface controls in favor of video overlay controls (like those that appear when you mouse over video in full-screen mode of the current Player software).



An artist's mockup of the minimal QuickTime X Player window interface in Snow Leopard.



The only window-based interface element in the QuickTime X Player is reportedly the title bar, which is reminiscent of the iPhone's semi-transparent black glass interface while also adopting hues from the video frames playing beneath it. However, this too fades away and disappears with the new overlay controls so videos appear to float on the screen with nothing more than a deep shadow surrounding all four sides.
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  • Reply 1 of 45
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    I wish they would just make it play flash movies or open them in the quicktime desktop app in h264 like on the iPhone so we could dump flash altogether.



    It's so lame that I can browse the web without flash on my phone and have no problems at all, but on the desktop computer this can't be done for some stupid reason?
  • Reply 2 of 45
    phizzphizz Posts: 142member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    I wish they would just make it play flash movies or open them in the quicktime desktop app in h264 like on the iPhone so we could dump flash altogether.



    That only works for YouTube movies doesn't it?



    But yeah, looking forward to browsers using real hardware accelerated platform independent video as standard.
  • Reply 3 of 45
    I'm looking forward to the day when I can easily copy n paste code from a quicktime video into a webpage. I know it can currently be done, but it's a pain in the ass since it's not nearly as easy and a YouTube video.



    I couldn't tell from the article if this might be a feature that is planned, but I'd switch to that in a second on any of my sites as the quality tends to be much higher.
  • Reply 4 of 45
    cougarcougar Posts: 55member
    That looks nice, but I fail to see the point of the giant 30 sec rewind button.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    I wish they would just make it play flash movies or open them in the quicktime desktop app in h264 like on the iPhone so we could dump flash altogether.



    It's so lame that I can browse the web without flash on my phone and have no problems at all, but on the desktop computer this can't be done for some stupid reason?



    If you want to disable flash, you should check out the free ClickToFlash plugin. Does what it says.
  • Reply 5 of 45
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cougar View Post


    If you want to disable flash, you should check out the free ClickToFlash plugin. Does what it says.



    That solution also has the added benefit of being to load any Flash video that uses the H.264 codec in Quicktime, which will then allow you to download the video from sites like YouTube.
  • Reply 6 of 45
    inklinginkling Posts: 731member
    30-second rewind. That's great for those times when a distraction interrupts viewing or listening. It's one of the reason's I'm thinking of replacing my aging but still functional iPod mini.
  • Reply 7 of 45
    icarbonicarbon Posts: 196member
    I'd like to see the box given rounded corners like all the buttons in the display -- it seems like a sharp contrast and ends up coming caross like a cheap IKEA desk.
  • Reply 8 of 45
    pg4gpg4g Posts: 383member
    Is it just me that's wondering why AppleInsider is still using that "artist's impression" when Apple's actually shown the interface on their website?



    Oh, and just letting everyone know... Apple's changed the look of QuickTime X's interface again in the last few betas... Its funny watching them muck around with this new interface considering everyone thought they'd got mighty stuck already on "marble" - seems they aren't as set on their new interface ideas as they seemed to be.
  • Reply 9 of 45
    m01etym01ety Posts: 278member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cougar View Post


    That looks nice, but I fail to see the point of the giant 30 sec rewind button.



    That's because it's not a 30-sec rewind button. Instead, it's telling you that it needs to buffer for thirty more seconds before the content can play. It's not new; the current QuickTime also has it.
  • Reply 10 of 45
    dimmokdimmok Posts: 359member
    Enough with that same Ratat image....isnt there something else in the arsenal.



    I like it....though hopefully its a system wide look. not just for qx
  • Reply 11 of 45
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by m01ety View Post


    That's because it's not a 30-sec rewind button. Instead, it's telling you that it needs to buffer for thirty more seconds before the content can play. It's not new; the current QuickTime also has it.



    Are you sure? Because it looks identical to the 30 second rewind button that appeared on the iPhone with the 3.0 software. It would be confusing if this was something other than that.
  • Reply 12 of 45
    pg4gpg4g Posts: 383member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DimMok View Post


    Enough with that same Ratat image....isnt there something else in the arsenal.



    Like this???



    http://www.apple.com/macosx/refineme...3_20090608.jpg
  • Reply 13 of 45
    m01etym01ety Posts: 278member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JupiterOne View Post


    Are you sure? Because it looks identical to the 30 second rewind button that appeared on the iPhone with the 3.0 software. It would be confusing if this was something other than that.



    Well, I distinctly remember QT7 having a little spinny thingy showing a number that was counting down until the buffer was full whenever I tried to stream the WWDC keynote... But I'm on SL so I can't check how it was in the olden days.



    If you're sure it's identical to what the iPhone offers, then it must be because they're basing QT X on the QT in iPhone OS...
  • Reply 14 of 45
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by m01ety View Post


    Well, I distinctly remember QT7 having a little spinny thingy showing a number that was counting down until the buffer was full whenever I tried to stream the WWDC keynote... But I'm on SL so I can't check how it was in the olden days.



    If you're sure it's identical to what the iPhone offers, then it must be because they're basing QT X on the QT in iPhone OS...



    This is what it looks like on the iPhone. When you hit it, it rewinds 30 seconds.



  • Reply 15 of 45
    dimmokdimmok Posts: 359member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PG4G View Post


    Like this???



    http://www.apple.com/macosx/refineme...3_20090608.jpg



    got any with hot chicks....
  • Reply 16 of 45
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    If Quicktime played flash, that would reinforce the use of flash not end it's use.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    I wish they would just make it play flash movies or open them in the quicktime desktop app in h264 like on the iPhone so we could dump flash altogether.



    It's so lame that I can browse the web without flash on my phone and have no problems at all, but on the desktop computer this can't be done for some stupid reason?



  • Reply 17 of 45
    tenobelltenobell Posts: 7,014member
    It is a 30 second rewind button. It is useful for times when you miss something that is said or you want to re-hear a statement.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by m01ety View Post


    That's because it's not a 30-sec rewind button. Instead, it's telling you that it needs to buffer for thirty more seconds before the content can play. It's not new; the current QuickTime also has it.



  • Reply 18 of 45
    elliots11elliots11 Posts: 270member
    I hope Quicktime X allows a fullscreen button like many flash players do.
  • Reply 19 of 45
    pg4gpg4g Posts: 383member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DimMok View Post


    got any with hot chicks....



    Lol... no... but I can try and play some porn on it if you like lol... and the new quicktime Icon has changed since they made that screenshot - its now blue, not purple... sitting next to the iTunes icon it makes me want them to update that one somehow too... iTunes icon fails in comparison to the new quicktime one
  • Reply 20 of 45
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by m01ety View Post


    That's because it's not a 30-sec rewind button. Instead, it's telling you that it needs to buffer for thirty more seconds before the content can play. It's not new; the current QuickTime also has it.



    No, it's a 30-second rewind button. That's why it's always there and always says 30 sec.
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