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I have to say that having used Quick time for some years I must report that in my opinion this is the most useless piece of video playing software ever to encounter the computer world! To make matters worse, and if you like to add insult to injury Quick time are quick to point out that if videos do not play it is because of missing codecs, but of course they do not tell you what these codecs are. Well, if they are quick to notice when your Quick time needs updating why are they not able to download these codecs to you? You know we can all go through life excusing ourselves and blaming it on customers when something we do does not work. I do not accept their excuses and suggest they make sure their applications are equipped with the necessary codecs to play videos in the normal way.

150 reviews
1,539 helpful votes

I have found QuickTime to be at times better than some media players that are out there but others have encountered problems with it. Here is a story that comes from where someone encountered strange video problems with QuickTime when someone was running it on Windows XP.

Author: xixor
Topic: QuickTime problems

"I am running Windows XP.....Whenever I try to run video in quicktime, I get a screen with the top half garbled, though it will still play the video, and the bottom half displaying a blue/green checkered pattern that will sometimes have a frame of the video suspended within it."

QuickTime for me is okay when it comes to finding a better media player than some that are out there but it only remains okay till problems are encountered with it.

656 reviews
3,140 helpful votes

Quicktime is Apple's venerable media player. It's always looked quite stylish compared to other well known media players, and at one time it was an obligatory download if you wanted to view .mov movie files or embedded QuickTime panoramas, because Microsoft Media Player wouldn't touch them. Over the years it has developed into a more mature product which is able to play most if not all other media formats as well, and it should compete very positively with the free media player offered by Microsoft. There are plug-ins for all major browsers, allowing embedded QT movies and applets to be played anywhere. The controls have always been good and the app looks cool, as a lot of Apple products do. In addition the pro version has a number of cool features including the capability for live streaming over the web and conversion from one file type to another. The basic version is free.

So much for the good. The bad, is that QT has a reputation for being bloated even in its basic form, potentially slowing things down and wasting resources. By default it installs a tray icon which you won't need, and a small app runs in the background as soon as you start up, wasting more resources by checking for updates. And the updater is notoriously hard to remove, too. The free app keeps asking you if you'd like to upgrade. In other words, it's developed a reputation for being intrusive and irritating as well as being over-sized and resource-hungry.
As a result, an independent application called Quicktime Alternative appeared some years back. It used parts of the original Apple app, stripping out the bits that most people didn't need, so that it was smaller and faster and still free. It went on to spawn QT Lite, smaller still. It's no longer being developed, though as ever, Google is your friend and in this case there is also a useful Wikipedia page devoted to it.

On the other hand, if you have a fast, modern multimedia PC running Windows and you want the full QT experience, which includes access to their QT site and things like movie trailers, go for the real deal. It handles everything up to H264 HD video and is going to be constantly updated to meet the latest developments, and if you have the resources it's still a very attractive player with excellent video quality.

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