MacMost Now 114: How To Use QuickTime Pro To Edit Video

Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at the simple but powerful tool QuickTime Pro and how it can be used to edit and compile video.

Comments: 29 Responses to “MacMost Now 114: How To Use QuickTime Pro To Edit Video”

    EllenG
    11 years ago

    Great show, Gary.
    I never knew how great my QuickTime Pro was.
    I will definitely use it more now.
    Thanks

    10 years ago

    Wow, I just read a death to QT Pro post, and this video really cleared things up for me. I am curious, if I can do a simple cross fade between clips.

      10 years ago

      No, you can’t. Easy to do in iMovie, though.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    So. im trying to add movie clips straight from my VHS video camera onto quicktime. but im running into problems…and im trying to do the same thing your doing in your video but it’s not working. im using .TOD files and placing them onto quicktime…these files are accompanied by .MOI files, but im afraid that they aren’t coming along with the video. is there another method?

      10 years ago

      Never worked with .tod ad .moi files before. You’ve probably got to do something to turn them into standard movie first first. Perhaps search for “convert .tod .moi” to find some solutions.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    well, the thing is, im using QT Pro to make H.264 video quality. which is working… but the the problem with that is, that in order to do that, i have to make every individual clip into it’s own .moi (which works great) but then i need to using quicktime again to put them all together. but im afraid that if i do that i will loose pic quality. what u think?

      10 years ago

      If you are concerned about that, use Apple Intermediate Codec instead of h264 for everything except the final export.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    hmmm…and i can just dl this Apple Intermediate Codec? it wont cost me anything?
    all this program does is converts my .tod to .moi then? without loosing HDD?
    interesting…

      10 years ago

      The Apple Intermediate Codec is one of the options you have for a format to export. Look in the list while you are exporting. You may want to look into a book or some training on video editing to dig deeper into codecs and editing. Hard to explain here in little comments.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    fair enough…will do
    appreciate the help! Thank you

    Seb
    10 years ago

    hey,
    back again.
    so took your advice…used AIC format to make my .tod from my Camera into .mov format. and it worked great!
    so now i took all those small .mov clippets and combined them together to make a whole movie using QT and used H.264 because i obviously want to burn it using BD so i need the HDD. But i get an Error before it finishes. saying.
    “Failed : qtKitErrorCatchAll (1309)”
    so therefore im assuming it cannot catch all the video properly or something along those lines..
    could you tell me maybe why this is happening..and how i could get around this error?
    Thanks a bunch for ur time again..

    Seb

      10 years ago

      You want to burn it using BD? What’s BD? What do you mean by HDD? What program gave you the error?

    Seb
    10 years ago

    I want to burn a Blu-Ray Disc (BD)
    High Def. (HD)
    I’m using Quicktime, that’s the program that is giving me an Error.

      10 years ago

      How are you burning a Blu-Ray disc? You’ll need a BD burner, plus software that supports it. QuickTime doesn’t burn disks at all.
      So I assume you are just exporting from QuickTime Pro, and the BD stuff will be handled later by something else.
      So that error from QT during the export sounds like a corrupt file or something. Maybe try exporting each clip individually to see which one is having trouble.
      Since you are doing some very high-end work, you might want to seek help at a video editing site where there are some experts on such things.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    ya, i have an external Blu-Ray Burner for my Mac. And im using Toast titanium 10 to burn the file off into High-Def. But the reason why I am using Quicktime is because no other program out there unless u use playback dubbling straight from ur camera onto iMovie, will give you High-Def. Maybe the file is too large, ill play around with it…thanks again for your assistance. Much appreciated

    Seb

    Seb
    10 years ago

    question for u.
    So, i think i might have deleted my AIC on my computer.
    I can’t open my videos because it says that i require the Apple Intermediate Codec.
    But when i try and install the codec, it tells me that i already have an updated version of it and it wont allow me to replace it.
    What can i do? Is there maybe some way of reinstalling Quicktime pro again (in the hopes that it will reinstall everything, including AIC, again.)
    Thanks.

      10 years ago

      Were you ever able to open these videos before? If not, then perhaps something is wrong with the videos. Where did they come from? A specific camera? What makes you think you “deleted” AIC — did something happen to your system? Can you try to open one of these videos with another Mac? With iMovie or Final Cut?

    Seb
    10 years ago

    well, i was cleaning out a folder..and im pretty sure my apple intermediate codec was in it…or something along those lines of allowing it to work.

    I took your advice like earlier, and made .Mov files using Apple Intermediate Codec, which worked great!
    And now, thinking that I might have “deleted the AIC”, I can not visually see the picture(but instead get a black screen) but I can hear the audio perfectly.

    I am trying to transfer these .Mov files onto my Toast Titanium 10, but doing so, I get an Error saying, that I require Apple Intermediate Codec in order to do this, otherwise, it can not read the .Mov file.

    And, if I try opening any other, Quicktime using file, I don’t get the same problem (No black screen). Instead it plays perfectly, mainly because it’s not using the Apple Intermediate Codec to run it.

    So, understanding this much, I tried installing an AppleIntermediateCodec.dmg file, hoping i could just throw it in. But no luck, before i can actaully install it, it tells me that I already have an updated version of Apple Intermediate Codec.

    What can I do?

      10 years ago

      What folder did you “clean out” — AIC should be hidden deep in the system. Perhaps you downloaded the wrong or old .dmg — try searching the Apple site for a newer one. Besides that, you may have to post this question at the Apple site to see if you can get an official answer. Since I’ve never come across this problem, I just don’t know the answer.

    Seb
    10 years ago

    ok..ill do that, 1 last question.
    i thinking maybe if i just reinstall Quicktime 7.0. Maybe it will fix it. is there a proper way to unistall and reinstall….i purchased my Quicktime over the internet. I’m not sure how that works then.
    thx for the help anyways.

      10 years ago

      You didn’t download QuickTime over the net. It came with Mac OS X. If you upgraded to Pro, then that is just entering a serial number you purchased. I’m not sure how you would re-install QT, perhaps by doing a re-install of OS X. That might not be a bad option at this point. Then just re-enter your Pro serial number.

    aschu
    9 years ago

    Hi. This video is great. Clears up a lot for me.
    Question: The video settings (brightness etc.) that was applied and saved to the individual clips do not seems to stay with the clips once they are imported into the final video. The settings default back to the original state. Did I do something wrong?

      9 years ago

      Try exporting the video after you have made the settings. That will give you a new file that should have the effect applied to it. Might take some experimentation.

        John Forstall
        9 years ago

        Gary,
        I have the same problem. I tried exporting, but the corrections do not appearing in the new file. This seems like a programming error.

          9 years ago

          Ah, I think you both mean the A/V Controls, right? Those are for playback only, I’m sure. So if you need to adjust brightness or something, try using iMovie.

    Brendan
    9 years ago

    Thanks for the video. It was real helpful. I cant seem to get the audio to play for the clips I am importing into QuickTime on my Mac. Any suggestions?

      9 years ago

      Where are the clips coming from? What device? What format are the videos in? What software have you tried for playback?

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    8 years ago

    The video was good,but seeing has i am not technically minded it would be hard for me. If you were standing behind me and i was writing the instructions down my way it would be dead easy. I think you talked about this topic trying to understand people by just what they have wrote. Thanks Gary

      8 years ago

      However, I would not recommend using QuickTime 7 Pro for those “not technically minded.”

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