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Archived - QuickTime: Differences Between QuickTime and QuickTime Pro

This document describes the differences between the basic version of QuickTime and QuickTime Pro.

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Differences

The basic version of QuickTime provides a play-only environment for QuickTime media. QuickTime Pro adds editing capabilities and more, as shown in the table below.

Feature
QuickTime Pro
QuickTime Basic
Play over 30 audio and video file formats in the best possible quality
Yes
Yes
View still images
Yes
Yes
View streaming media
Yes
Yes
Control treble, bass, and balance
Yes
Yes
Create, edit, save, and export movies, images, and audio
Yes
-
Apply special effects to files
Yes
-
Compress video and audio with the latest codecs
Yes
-
Create slide shows with music
Yes
-
Copy and paste popular Internet media formats
Yes
-
Convert pictures between multiple formats
Yes
-
Play back full-screen video
Yes
-
Resize and trim movies
Yes
-
Create and hint movies for streaming
Yes
-
Edit MIDI instruments and synthesizers
Yes
-
Enable/disable tracks
Yes
-
Save movies downloaded from the Web
Yes
-
Add copyright information to your movies
Yes
-
Automate workflow with AppleScript
Yes
-
Create designer media skins
Yes
-
Export to DV camera format
Yes
-
Time code and scrub bar access for editing
Yes
-

If a third-party application program uses QuickTime, its functionality is not necessarily limited to that of basic QuickTime. Nonetheless, a reminder that the basic (free) version of QuickTime is in use is displayed periodically.

Upgrading to QuickTime Pro

For information on upgrading to QuickTime Pro, visit the QuickTime site at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/buy/ .

For information on determining which type and version of QuickTime is installed on your computer, see technical document 25220: "QuickTime: How to Determine Which Edition and Version Is Installed."

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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