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Travis Finstein
The future of QuickTime?
on Jun 20, 2011 at 5:55:54 am

I work in television and film editorial and pretty much use Avid exclusively. One of my biggest hopes for a new FCP, as an Avid user, was a rewritten QuickTime or something to replace QuickTime as a solid, standard, pro video format. QuickTime currently is a standard in professional post, but it suffers from color accuracy issues and other bugs that make it unreliable. I assumed with an update as large as FCP X, a re-writing from the ground up, that QuickTime would be part of the overhaul. But I don't think Apple even mentioned QuickTime at the preview event. So I was wondering, what do you think the future of QuickTime is? Has there been any info that's leaked out on this that I've missed?


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Paul Dickin
Re: The future of QuickTime?
on Jun 20, 2011 at 7:28:04 am

Hi
Yes, there has been some discussion in this forum, in between other more speculative topics ;-)
The new replacement is called AV Foundation.

Discussion here has mostly been based on the investigative diggings of Philip Hodgetts:

http://www.philiphodgetts.com/2011/02/what-is-apple-doing-with-quicktime/
http://www.philiphodgetts.com/2011/04/what-ive-been-saying-about-final-cut-...

Here's the Apple documantation:
http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/AudioVideo/Conceptual...



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Hector berrebi
Re: The future of QuickTime?
on Jun 20, 2011 at 1:55:57 pm

The Hodgetts articles are exceptional

try to work with H.264 videos from your iPhone, on FCP or AVID, on a strong workstation, you will see it choke your system. while an iPhone's tiny processor and minimal RAM deals with it smoothly...

AV foundation on a strong system seems very promising


[Travis Finstein] "to replace QuickTime as a solid, standard, pro video format"

I think QT is a container/wrapper and a platform, not a video format. But this is confusing terminology at times

Hector Berrebi
prePost Consulting


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David Cherniack
Re: The future of QuickTime?
on Jun 20, 2011 at 3:50:59 pm

Based on the experience of the Mercury Playback Engine in Premiere it shouldn't be a problem...if Apple can match Adobe programming chops.

For those who may be unaware (not unknown in the FCP universe :) Premiere CS5+ plays multiple layers of HD 264 smoothly...and adds RT CUDA effects.

David
AllinOneFilms.com


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