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Chapter 2. QuickTime Player Basics > The Properties Window

The Properties Window

Now we’ll introduce you to QuickTime Player’s Properties window. Although you won’t need to use it to simply play movies, it’s a vital piece of the Player interface. It enables you to get detailed information about both the structure of your movie and the individual tracks it contains. You also use it to make various changes to tracks in your movie. We’ll be referring to this window throughout the book.

To open the Properties window for a movie:

  • From the Movie menu, choose Get Movie Properties (Figure 2.33).

    Figure 2.33. To open the Properties window for a movie, from the Movie menu, choose Get Movie Properties.


    The Properties window for the movie appears. At the top of this window are two pop-up menus. From the left pop-up menu, you can choose the movie itself or any of its tracks. For each choice you make in the left pop-up menu, you’ll find a different set of choices in the right pop-up menu (Figures 2.34 and 2.35).

    Figure 2.34. The choices in the right pop-up menu depend on what you’ve chosen from the left pop-up menu. Here, you see what’s available for a video track.


    Figure 2.35. Here, you see what’s available for a sound track.


    Altogether, more than 150 panels may appear (including more than 30 unique panels), most of which we’ll cover throughout the book. Often, we’ll refer to what you see in the window by the choice made in the right pop-up menu; for example, we’ll refer to the panel you see when you choose Size in the right pop-up menu as the “Size panel.”


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