Quicktime and the Snow Leopard

Björnke von Gierke bvg at mac.com
Tue Sep 8 16:56:36 EDT 2009


On 8 Sep 2009, at 17:05, Trevor DeVore wrote:

> I hope there is more logic in the OS X installer then just  
> "luck" ;-) It would be nice to find out what the determining factor  
> is.


I don't have snow leper installed, but I've read the ars technica  
review.

Basically there's two things going on. most more advanced quicktime  
features are actually not yet implemented in the new Quicktime Toolkit  
(QTKit). So for those features, 10.6 always falls back to the QT 7  
APIs. Meanwhile there is also a new QT player, dubbed QT X. it also  
lacks several features that the QT 7 player did have.

The API's are all installed by default (and they need to be, as for  
example, QT X can't even crop stuff), and those features remain  
accessible for all applications that do use QT, for example rev.  
However, the QT player is not, and you need to manually do that by  
choosing the Quicktime 7 check mark in the installer.

Read it yourself (35'000 words!):
http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/08/mac-os-x-10-6.ars/6#qtkit
http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/08/mac-os-x-10-6.ars/16


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