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2 Chapter 1. QuickTime Pro: Making It All Happen In addition to being fundamental to Mac OS X, Apple's QuickTime technology is also a major part of the digital lifestyle. That's because QuickTime enables all the other aspects and applications that make up the digital lifestyle to work. Without QuickTime, the digital lifestyle would be dead--literally. And so this chapter, the first one in this book, is devoted to this very fundamental (meaning important, not basic) topic. The QuickTime Way If you have used a Mac for any significant length of time, you have probably viewed QuickTime movies, whether from a CD-ROM, your hard drive, or the Internet. In technical terminology, Quick- Time is a technology that enables a computer to manipulate time-synchronized data. You can use that definition when you want to impress someone with your techno-knowledge, but more simply put, if data "changes" over time, QuickTime takes care of it. The type of data with which QuickTime works includes video, sound, animation, and so on. Because QuickTime data can include different elements, such as video and sound, QuickTime ensures that all the data remains synchronized so that you don't end up with movies in which someone's mouth continues to move 30 seconds after the sounds they were making have stopped. NOTE Some good news for Mac users is that QuickTime is cross platform. There is a Windows version of QuickTime that does almost everything that the Mac version does, and Windows users can view the same QuickTime content as Mac users. Even better, QuickTime enables you to work with content that is created in other standard Windows digital media formats, such as the Audio Video Interleave (AVI) format. QuickTime is both a technology that is built into Mac OS X and an application (QuickTime Player) that you can use to watch and edit QuickTime content. Because QuickTime handles so many dif- ferent kinds of files, it is also a means you can use to move data (such as movies, music, sound effects, and so on) among the different applications that you use as part of living the digital lifestyle. There are two "versions" of QuickTime. The basic version of QuickTime, called QuickTime, enables you to view QuickTime content. However, you can't create or change content--you are limited to viewing content, although the variety of content that you can view with QuickTime is pretty amazing. The other version of QuickTime is called QuickTime Pro. This version enables you to do everything that QuickTime does, but it also enables you to create and change QuickTime content, save files in many different formats, work with many more file types, and so on.