What Is QuickTime?

QuickTime is Appleā€™s multiplatform, multimedia technology for handling video, sound, animation, graphics, text, interactivity, and music. As a cross-platform technology, QuickTime can deliver content on Mac OS and Windows computers. Many applications, including Final Cut Pro, use the powerful architecture of QuickTime to view, create, import, and export media.

QuickTime supports most major video, audio, and graphics file formats. It works with local disk-based media, media accessed over a network, and streams of real-time data. QuickTime supports a wide variety of video and audio codecs and can be extended with third-party codecs.

QuickTime technology is composed of:

Using an application like QuickTime Player Pro or Final Cut Pro, you can import, edit, and export every file format that QuickTime supports. This allows you to create movies for the web, for DVD, or for output to videotape. You can also create movies including video, audio, text, still images, and interactive layers.

There are various resources for learning more about QuickTime technology and architecture.

For general information about QuickTime, go to http://www.apple.com/quicktime.

For information about QuickTime that is geared toward Apple developers, go to http://developer.apple.com/quicktime.