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Chapter 2. QuickTime Player Basics > Opening Non-QuickTime Files

Opening Non-QuickTime Files

QuickTime Player, like other QuickTime-savvy applications, can open movie, animation, and sound files in many other formats just as easily as it can open regular QuickTime movies. QuickTime can open the most common video, audio, and animation formats available for Mac and Windows, as well as text files. (See the sidebar “File Formats That QuickTime Player Can Open Directly” for a complete list.)

To open a non-QuickTime file in QuickTime Player:

1.
From the File menu, choose Open Movie (Figure 2.7).

Figure 2.7. Choose Open Movie from QuickTime Player’s File menu to open many media files that aren’t in QuickTime format.


In the Open dialog box, locate and select the movie file you want to open. (Windows users may first need to choose All Files from the Files of Type pop-up menu.)

When you select a file in a non-QuickTime format in Mac OS 9 and Windows, the Open button changes to the Convert button (Figure 2.8). In Mac OS X, the Open button doesn’t change.

Figure 2.8. When you select a file in another format that QuickTime Player can open, the Open button changes to the Convert button.


2.
Click the Convert or Open button.

The file opens in a standard QuickTime Player window (Figure 2.9).

Figure 2.9. After you click the Convert button, the file opens and appears just like any QuickTime movie.



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