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.

Video Transcript
Hi. This is Gary with MacMost Now. Today I'm going to show you how to use QuickTime Pro to edit your own video.
So iMovie's a great tool for making videos but QuickTime Pro actually has some really interesting features that can be a little easier to use at times. Let's go and take a look at how to make a really simple video with a title and some music at the beginning and then a few video clips put together after that.
So let's gather the media first. Say I've got three video clips. Clip one, two and three. You could have gotten these from anywhere. Maybe you used your regular camera in movie mode to record them. You'll end up with three movie files. It can handle formats of just about any kind; mp4, h264, anything. These came out as dot mob's. So I've got three movie clips. I also want to have a little intro so I've created a graphic called Title. You can create this is any kind of image editing program; you can even just type some text into text edit and then do a screen capture of it.
So you have a graphic that you want to use in your title and also your piece of music. I grabbed this piece of music out of my garage band library where it's got lots of short little jingles and things like that. So I've got a piece of music, title graphic and three video clips and I want to put that together in a simple video using QuickTime Pro.So I'm going to go ahead and run QuickTime Pro and I want to go and just basically say New Player and I get this blank timeline called Untitled, there's nothing in it right now.
So first thing I want to do is I'm going to go ahead and open the music and I'm going to do that in QuickTime Player. So I'm going to Control click on it and open with so it doesn't open in iTunes. So now I've got two QuickTime Player windows; this one here with the music in it and this untitled one. Do Command A to select all, Copy. Then I'm going to go over here and I'm going to paste and what I get is the music pasted into this blank document. I also get the entire area selected automatically, you can see the start and the end and you can also see that the playback head is right at the end now and the entire thing is a kind of a little darker meaning it's selected. I'm going to leave that selected and I want to go and get the next thing so I want to close this video here, the audio only video, and I'm going to right click on the picture and I'm going to open that also with QuickTime Player and I end up with just basically it's a single frame movie with this image in it. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to Select All, Copy again. I'm going to go back into this window, which is the document I'm trying to create, and I'm going to paste it in. But not just a regular paste. I'm going to select actually Add Selection and Scale. What that'll do is it'll paste this in and scale it to the size of the area selected; so we have this piece of music that's so long and it's actually going to actually paste this in and stretch it to be the same amount of time as the piece of music. Great. So now I've got this right here and it's actually scaled to be thirteen seconds long. And I can play it and see. Great.
So I'm going to move the playback head all the way to the end again so I'm ready to insert the next piece. Now for these video clips it's very easy. All I'm going to do is I'm going to double click on them which will open them up in QuickTime Player and I'm going to go ahead and Command A for all, Command C for copy, go over here, make sure my playback head is at the end, and paste it in. I can see now I've pasted it in and it's selected it, so it's this bit at the end, and it's moved the playback head all the way to the end there. I'm going to do that for the other two clips as well. Paste it in, select it, copy it and paste it in. So now I've got a video here that starts off with the music, goes all the way through, starts my first video, goes to the second video and the third video. And if I like I can actually paste the title graphic or a new graphic at the end as well. So I can go ahead here and select the music...

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

    8/1/08 @ 7:07 am

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

    3/6/09 @ 5:23 am

    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.

      3/9/09 @ 7:58 pm

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

    3/28/09 @ 5:09 pm

    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?

      3/28/09 @ 5:15 pm

      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.

    3/29/09 @ 2:41 pm

    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?

      3/29/09 @ 2:43 pm

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

    3/29/09 @ 3:24 pm

    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?

      3/29/09 @ 3:52 pm

      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.

    3/29/09 @ 4:02 pm

    fair enough…will do
    appreciate the help! Thank you

    4/3/09 @ 12:45 am

    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..


      4/3/09 @ 6:26 am

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

    4/3/09 @ 9:57 am

    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.

      4/3/09 @ 10:05 am

      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.

    4/3/09 @ 10:16 am

    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


    4/21/09 @ 12:03 am

    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.)

      4/21/09 @ 6:32 am

      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?

    4/21/09 @ 8:17 am

    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?

      4/21/09 @ 10:58 am

      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.

    4/21/09 @ 11:15 pm

    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.

      4/22/09 @ 6:23 am

      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.

    3/10/10 @ 8:44 pm

    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?

      3/11/10 @ 12:44 am

      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
        9/1/10 @ 5:52 pm

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

          9/1/10 @ 9:57 pm

          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.

    11/16/10 @ 2:13 pm

    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?

      11/16/10 @ 2:24 pm

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

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    11/25/11 @ 1:26 pm

    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

      11/25/11 @ 2:29 pm

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

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