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Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ All-in-One for Dummies® by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter III.8. No, It's Not Called iQuickTime

In This Chapter

  • Viewing movies

  • Listening to audio

  • Converting media to different formats

  • Keeping track of your favorite media

  • Tweaking QuickTime preferences

QuickTime is a set of exciting technologies that gives you access to the greatest multimedia experience around. Despite its power, don't be surprised if you don't even realize that you're using it sometimes. Built with the average Joe in mind, QuickTime Player takes multimedia to new heights without forcing its users to become rocket scientists in the process.

QuickTime Can Do That?

QuickTime was created by Apple to perform all sorts of multimedia functions. Although normally associated with movie playback, QuickTime Player can do much more. Whether it's playing movies, audio, animation, or music, QuickTime acts as the main engine that drives all your multimedia needs.

  • Media player: QuickTime Player's main claim to fame is playing all sorts of media — and I do mean all sorts. Table 8-1 lists the most popular of the media types that QuickTime can play.

    Note

    The real beauty of QuickTime Player is that it transparently handles playback of all these media formats and more. You don't even really have to know what each of these formats is to play them. QuickTime Player takes care of that for you.

  • Internet media tool: When it comes to using media from the Internet, QuickTime is in a league all its own. In addition to playing the usual movies and audio files found on the World Wide Web, QuickTime can ...

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