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Chapter 5. Using QuickTime

QuickTime grew out of an early Macintosh OS 6.0 software toolset for transferring large media files. Because of its initial heavy use for visual content, the standard nomenclature for QuickTime files became (and remains) movie. The regular suffix for QuickTime files is .mov. This can be a little confusing, so this book will stick to calling QuickTime encoded on-demand files files, although some software will refer to the files as movies.

One of the unique elements of the QuickTime streaming format is a process called hinting, which is required when authoring on-demand files to be streamed through a QuickTime streaming server. This process adds extra information to an encoded on-demand file and creates hints for the streaming server to deliver the file more reliably to your listener’s player.


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