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Chapter 14. Music Tracks > Converting MIDI Files to QuickTime

Converting MIDI Files to QuickTime

QuickTime can import any Standard MIDI file.

To create a music track from a MIDI file (Mac OS 9 and Windows):

1.
From the File menu, choose Import (Figure 14.1) or Open Movie.

Figure 14.1. Choose File > Import.


The Open dialog box appears.

2.
Select the MIDI file, and click Convert (Figure 14.2).

Figure 14.2. Locate a MIDI file, and click Convert.


(If you are a Windows user, you may need to set the Files of Type pop-up menu to Audio Files before you can see the MIDI file to select it.)

A Save dialog box appears.

3.
Click the Options button (Figure 14.3) to open the Standard MIDI Import Options dialog box (Figure 14.4), where you can alter certain properties of the resulting music track:

Figure 14.3. Before clicking Save, you may want to click the Options button…


Figure 14.4. …to open the Standard MIDI Import Options dialog box.


  • If you want your music file to play on computers that still use QuickTime 2.0 or QuickTime 2.1 for Mac OS, check the “Compatible with QuickTime 2.0” checkbox.

  • Click “Add silence at end” or “Add silence at beginning” to add 1 second of silence to the end or beginning of the movie.

    Click the OK button to return to the Save dialog box.

4.
If desired, change the name and location of the file you are about to create, and then click Save.

A new movie file containing a music track is created.


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