Multimedia Authoring - Quicktime Dead?

Dan Shafer revolutionary.dan at
Thu Oct 19 16:02:24 EDT 2006


What specific kinds of improvements or changes were you looking for in QT
that you didn't find but managed to locate in Flash? I'm curious because I'm
going to go through this same process soon and want to be sure to pick the
right tool as well.

More and more video content on the Web seems to be defaulting to Windows
Movie format which is problematic at best and useless at worst on my Mac.
But places like YouTube have video that plays just fine in all of the
browsers I ever try to run on Mac or that other platform.

Did you look at MovieWorks? That used to be a very powerful QT authoring
tool/environment but I don't know how/if they've kept up either. But it's
only $80 and seems to do a lot of what the multimedia authors I know want to
do. No scripting, though. :-(

Ironic that as we move toward more ubiquitous demand for video, QT starts to
fade, if indeed it is.


On 10/19/06, GregSmith <brucegregory at> wrote:
> In my quest for finding the ultimate multimedia authoring tool, I've come
> to
> the tentative conclusion that QuickTime, (as far as an authoring platform
> is
> concerned), is falling so far behind that it could soon be considered
> "dead".  Apple, the very folks who should be promoting solutions for
> interactive QuickTime haven't done anything, themselves, for years.  The
> two
> applications that I find to be the most advanced QuickTime authoring
> solutions, (LiveStage and VideoClix), haven't done anything to make their
> packages attractive to new authors, not in years, either.  Visiting the
> LiveStage website reveals that they are now focusing on being content
> providers, themselves, rather than offering an authoring solution for
> others.  When emailing the VideoClix people for some technical answers, I
> get no response at all.
> So, it looks to me like Flash authoring, for the present, is the only
> viable, practical and timely solution for the kind of interactive
> authoring
> I need to perform.  Also, for the Mac, there is only one thorough
> solution.
> And, though I hate supporting these corporate monsters, I went ahead and
> purchased the Macromedia Authoring Studio, for the total lack of finding
> anything comparable elsewhere, at any price.  Very sad.
> Greg Smith
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