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Chapter 10. Multimedia > What is QuickTime?

What is QuickTime?

QuickTime’s capabilities go far beyond simple playback of multimedia files. It is an entire multimedia architecture that plays media files on its own, and allows other applications to play multimedia files. QuickTime is an API, a set of tools that application programmers can use to give extra capabilities to their software.

Most of us associate QuickTime only with the ubiquitous QuickTime Player. But the Player is only a shell that can access the QuickTime API, which is what calls up and plays the requested media files. This is why Apple’s developers have included QuickTime in OS X’s display layer. Just as Quartz displays two-dimensional images and OpenQL displays three-dimensional ones, the QuickTime API displays multimedia files.


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