When Mac OS X Snow Leopard was released into the wild one of the major changes was the addition of a new version of Quicktime - Quicktime X. Not all Mac users were happy though. For all it's eye-candy goodness and sleek windowless playback, there are some vital features missing when compared to it's predecessor, Quicktime Pro 7.
Quicktime Pro (the Pro license is included as part of Logic Studio and Final Cut Studio 2) has many excellent editing features, such as being able to easily cut, copy and paste audio and/or video within and between quicktime movies. The Pro version also features an array of extremely useful export options which simply don't exist in Quicktime X.
The good news is that you can still use Quicktime 7 in Snow Leopard. The bad news is there are a couple of hoops you need to jump through in order to get it on to your system. In this Quick Tip we'll explore how to add it to your machine and set it as your default video player.
Find and insert your Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard Install disc (or the OSX 10.6.x Install disc that came with your Mac) into your Mac's DVD drive.
Open the disc by double-clicking it's icon in the Finder and navigate to the folder: 'Optional Installs'. You should see the contents appear similar to the screenshot below.
Double-click on the Optional Installs.mpkg file. This will launch the Installer that will allow you to install Quicktime 7 as well as extra fonts and other utilities to your Mac.
A dialog will appear asking whether the Installer app can determine whether the software on the disc is compatible with your computer. Click Continue.
Click on your System drive - the one running OSX - it may be named Mac HD if you haven't renamed it.
Then choose Continue.
The next screen will present you with a choice of which application/(s) or utilities you wish to install. Our aim is to install Quicktime 7, so click it's checkbox and then click on Continue.
Follow the remaining instructions to wrap up the installation process.
Once installation is complete, you can eject the OSX Install disc.
Now in order to have quick access to Quicktime 7 I'd recommend adding it to the Dock. You may think it's been installed in your regular Applications folder, but perhaps in an effort to avoid any confusion, the installer places Quicktime 7 in the Applications/Utilities/ folder.
From here you can drag it into the Dock or double-click on it to launch it.
By default if you double-click on a .mov file in the Finder it will open in Quicktime X. However, we're going to change this behavior.
Select any .mov file on your Mac and choose File > Get Info
From the Get Info box under the "Open With" section click on the drop down menu and select Quicktime 7.
You've now set this particular file to always open in Quicktime 7.
Finally, you can choose that all movie files of this type (in my case .mov files) will always be opened by Quicktime 7 by clicking on the Change All... button and then choosing Continue.
And that's all there is to it! Enjoy the superior editing and exporting available in Quicktime 7 Pro!
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