QuickTime Player 10.x: Automate QuickTime Player tasks

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Automate QuickTime Player tasks

To automate QuickTime Player tasks, you can use AppleScript, Automator, or Finder services.

Use AppleScript

Browse the AppleScript dictionary to see the available actions for playback, recording, and more. To open the AppleScript dictionary, in AppleScript Editor, choose File > Open Dictionary.

Use Automator

To link several AppleScript actions into a workflow, use Automator. To see the available QuickTime Player actions, in Automator, select Movies in the Library list.

Learn about media actions available from the Finder

  • Encode to MPEG Audio action: Easily create MPEG audio files that are compatible with particular computers or mobile devices. You can create MPEG audio files from your existing AIF, WAV, CAF, or SDII audio files. To use the service, select one or more audio files in the Finder, Control-click one of the selected files, and then choose Encode Selected Audio Files.

    For more information about the Encode to MPEG audio action, see:

    Mac OS X Automation: Encode to MPEG Audio action release notes

  • Encode Media action: Easily create video files that are compatible with particular computers or mobile devices. With the Encode Media action, you can set the size of the video, and then choose whether you want the video to be higher quality or compatible with more devices. To use the service, select one or more video files in the Finder, Control-click one of the selected files, and then choose Encode Selected Video Files.

    For more information about the Encode Media action, see:

    Mac OS X Automation: Encode Media action release notes

  • Create Annotated Movie File action: Add metadata to your video files. For example, add an author’s name, movie’s description, or copyright information to your video file. To use the service, first create a Create Annotated Movie File desktop service using Automator. Then, select one or more video files in the Finder, Control-click one of the selected files, and then choose Create Annotated Version of Selected Movie.

    For more information about the Create Annotated Movie File action, see:

    Mac OS X Automation: Create Annotated Movie File action release notes

Published Date: Sep 3, 2015
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