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Dustin Parsons
QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 1, 2013 at 7:03:08 pm

I'm looking for a replacement for QuickTime 7 and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

Adobe doesn't make anything that would work as an alternative to QT which is a shame, that leaves a hole in their otherwise end-to-end solution for video.

I did a quick search and came up with a few options from other people but the problem is they're free and open source (I would rather pay for stability), or lack functionality.
Some suggestions were:
MPlayerX
VLC
MPEG Streamclip
QuickTime X

My main quarrel with QT is I've experiences gamma shift issues with a number of different formats and would like something that integrates seamlessly into the rest of the Adobe line.

What is everyone else use as their main media viewer?


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Gary Huff
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 1, 2013 at 7:30:26 pm

VideoLAN is playing back ProRes files now and will soon have support for the Intermediate codec, so that might be worth looking into.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 1, 2013 at 9:45:27 pm

I'm a fan of VLC, personally.

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Tim Kolb
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 2, 2013 at 3:52:01 am

I use VLC as well.

TimK,
Director, Consultant
Kolb Productions,

Adobe Certified Instructor


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Walter Soyka
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 2, 2013 at 2:41:02 pm

[Dustin Parsons] "the problem is they're free and open source (I would rather pay for stability)"

You don't have to be afraid of VLC because it's open source -- it's really well done. I use it all the time. Highly recommended.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Dustin Parsons
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 2, 2013 at 6:41:16 pm

Sounds like the verdict is in. Thanks all!


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Juan Morales
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 2, 2013 at 8:09:18 pm

For viewing files VLC is perfect.

However, if you need a serious player with timecode and some Pro features, have a look at Pro Player:

http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/pro-player


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Andy Field
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 3, 2013 at 5:33:04 pm

but is there a player with Quicktime player 7's functionality -- able to export to various formats as well within the player -- can you do this in VLC or anything else?

Andy Field
FieldVision Productions
N. Bethesda, Maryland 20852


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Walter Soyka
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 3, 2013 at 5:39:19 pm

[Andy Field] "but is there a player with Quicktime player 7's functionality -- able to export to various formats as well within the player -- can you do this in VLC or anything else?"

Yes, VLC can transcode, but I prefer to use compression applications for this (Adobe Media Encoder, ffmpeg/ffmbc, Telestream Episode, Apple Compressor).

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Rainer Schubert
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:58:49 pm

Right.
Transcoding with VLC is not satisfying (...or not in all cases).
As a player/viewer it´s ok.


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Erik Lindahl
Re: QuickTime 7 alternative
on Jul 5, 2013 at 11:32:37 am

One issue with VLC is that it doesn't support color profiles. But aside from that as a player it's very solid.


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