Mac computers: About resolution settings in the QuickTime Player inspector

You may notice that the medium and high quality resolution settings in QuickTime Player on Macs with a FaceTime HD camera appear higher in the inspector than they actually are. 

This can occur on computers with FaceTime HD cameras:

  • iMac (Mid 2011) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011) and later
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) and later


Your computer may display slightly higher resolution settings in the QuickTime Inspector, but the actual resolutions are as stated in this table: 

Resolution quality Resolution setting Resolution displayed in QuickTime inspector
Medium H.264 320x240 H.264 640x480
High H.264 640x480 H.264 1280x720


Note: Messages uses Meduim resolution quality for Video Chat.

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