Open and play a file in QuickTime Player on Mac
QuickTime Player has onscreen playback controls that let you play, pause, fast forward, or rewind your video or audio file.
You can also use the playback controls to play a file on an AirPlay-enabled device, display a video in a picture-in-picture window, share a file and change the playback speed.
Open a file
To open a video or audio file in the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, do any of the following:
Double-click the file in the Finder.
If your videos or audio files are in iCloud Drive, click iCloud Drive in the Finder sidebar, then double-click your file. See Use iCloud Drive to store documents on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Choose File > Open File, then select a file and click Open.
If a file is an older or third-party media format, QuickTime Player may convert it before playing.
Tip: You can also open a file you’ve worked with recently by choosing File > Open Recent.
Play a file
You can play and control a file using the playback controls that appear when the pointer is over the screen. You can fast forward and reverse play and you can change the playback speed.
In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, open a video or audio file.
Move the pointer anywhere over the video to show the playback controls. (Controls for audio files are always visible.)
Use the playback controls to play the video or audio file; you can drag the controls to move them out of the way.
If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can use the playback controls in the Touch Bar.
You can vary the playback speed of a video using the forward or rewind button. To change the playback speed while playing the video, click the forward or rewind button until your video plays at the desired speed. Playback speeds include 2x, 5x, 10x, 30x and 60x.
You can vary the playback speed in small increments (from 1.1x to 2x) by Option-clicking the forward or rewind button while the video is playing.
You can also choose a playback speed before you play the video. Click the Share and Playback Speed button , choose Playback Speed, then choose the speed you want.
If you want the file you’re playing to appear in front of all other windows on your screen, choose View > Float on Top so a tick appears next to it. Choose it again to turn it off.
Play a video with picture-in-picture
With picture-in-picture , you can play a video in a resizable floating window, so you can see it on your screen, while you do other tasks on your computer.
In the QuickTime Player app on your Mac, open a video file.
Move the pointer anywhere over the video to show the playback controls.
Click the picture-in-picture button in the playback controls.
You can drag the picture-in-picture window to a different corner of the screen, or drag any edge of the window to resize it.
Click the full screen button or the close button to close the picture-in-picture window.
Play a file in a continuous loop
You can set a video or audio file to play continuously, so that it plays to the end and then starts again from the beginning.
Open the video or audio file you want to loop.
Choose View > Loop so a tick appears next to it.
Click the Play button in the playback controls.
To turn off continuous play, choose the command again; the checkmark disappears.
Navigate a video using timecode
You can change the display of the playback controls to show the elapsed time, frame count or timecode (depending on the characteristics of the video).
Some media files display a timecode — an 8-digit code (00-00-00-00) — in the playback controls, instead of the 4-digit code showing the remaining time. The timecode shows source time information about a specific frame or recorded point, like the time of the original recording, or the frame number. When navigating a project, you can use the timecode to navigate to an exact location of a frame in the media file.
Change the display of the playback controls: Choose View > Time Display, then choose the display option you want.
Navigate to a specific time-coded frame: Choose View > Time Display > Go To Timecode, then enter the time code you want.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts or gestures to open, play, or pause a file and more. See Keyboard shortcuts and gestures.