macOS High Sierra

Open and play a file

QuickTime Player has onscreen playback controls that let you play, pause, fast-forward, or rewind your video or audio file.

You can also use playback controls to share a file, or play a file on an AirPlay-enabled device.

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Open a file

  • To open a video or audio file in QuickTime Player, double-click the file in the Finder or choose File > Open File.

    If your videos or audio files are in iCloud Drive, click iCloud Drive in the Finder sidebar, then double-click your file. For more information about working with files in iCloud, see Store your desktop and documents in iCloud Drive.

    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

  • Use the playback controls to play a video or audio file.

    After you open a file, move the pointer anywhere over the movie to show the controls. Controls for audio files are always visible.

    The QuickTime Player playback controls. Along the top are the volume control; the Rewind button, Play/Pause button, and Fast-Forward button. At the bottom is the playhead, which you can drag to go to a specific point in the file. The time remaining in the file appears at the bottom right.

    You can move the playback controls by dragging them.

    If you want the file you’re playing to appear in front of all other windows on your screen, choose View > Float on Top. When this setting is turned on, a checkmark appears next to Float on Top. Choose it again to turn it off.

  • Use the Touch Bar to play a video or audio file.

    The playback controls in the Touch Bar. The Play/Pause button is on the left, and next to that is the playhead, which you can drag to go to a specific point in the file. To the left of the playhead is the time elapsed, and to the right is the time remaining.

Play a file in a continuous loop

You can set a movie or audio file to play continuously, so that it plays to the end and then starts over from the beginning.

  • Select the file you want to loop, then choose View > Loop.

    Loop has a checkmark next to it when it’s selected. Choose it again to turn off continuous play.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts or gestures to open, play, or pause a file, and more.