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Digital Multimedia Formats

In today’s information age, motion pictures and audio have moved into digital formats. The expansion of the Internet has fueled technological development at a furious pace, bringing us movies over the Web, DVD players in the home, and MP3 music players in our pockets. This technology enables more people to create multimedia without a heavy investment in equipment. A desktop computer works nicely, thank you very much. With that in mind, let’s focus on the specific multimedia technology you will use with Pro Tools.

QuickTime

QuickTime is a cross-platform software technology developed by Apple Computer for playback and creation of multimedia content. It is also the media player format supported by Pro Tools. Any movie or video that you would like to import directly into Pro Tools must be in a QuickTime-compatible format. QuickTime supports many different codecs, including MPEG, AVI, Sorenson, Cinepak, Flash, DV, and others. In order to use QuickTime movies, you must install QuickTime on your Pro Tools computer. Macs have QuickTime installed by default; PC owners will need to install it separately. It is best to use the latest version, as it will support the widest variety of codecs, including the new MPEG-4 standard.


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