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QuickTime Movies

A QuickTime movie is a video file you can play from your hard drive, a CD or DVD, or the Internet. Like any movie, it flashes many individual frames (photos) per second before your eyes, while also playing a synchronized soundtrack.

QuickTime Player

Thousands of Mac OS X programs can open QuickTime movies, play them back, and sometimes even incorporate them into documents: Word, FileMaker, Keynote, PowerPoint, Safari, America Online, and even the Finder (Figure 15-4).

But the cornerstone of Mac OS X’s movie-playback software is QuickTime Player, which sits in your Applications folder (and even comes factory-installed in the Dock). It’s designed not only to play movies, but also to show pictures, and to play sounds, in all kinds of formats—and it’s been seriously beefed up in Tiger.


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