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.
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.
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.
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.