Inside QuickTime Pro's bag of tricks

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More QuickTime tricks

QuickTime Pro’s abilities go far beyond what this article describes. To explore its many other functions, check out the program’s Help menu or visit Apple’s tutorial page. For starters, here are a few other noteworthy tricks:

1. Try Special Effects You can add various filters and effects, such as Emboss, Blur, and Film Noise, by using the options in File: Export. Choose Movie To QuickTime Movie from the Export pop-up menu. Click on the Options button and then on the Filter button, and select the filter or effect you want to apply.

2. Add Some Text Got something to say? QuickTime Pro lets you add text overlays to your video. Open TextEdit (or another text editor), type your captions, and copy the text to the Clipboard. In QuickTime Player, use the in and out markers to define the segment that goes with the text. Select Edit: Add To Selection & Scale.

To tweak the look of your text overlay, go to the Movie Properties box, choose Text Track, and select the Visual Settings tab. To make the text box semitransparent, choose Blend from the Transparency pop-up menu. To adjust the box’s size and location, tweak the Scaled Size and Offset values.

3. Use Slide-Show Smarts It’s easy to create a QuickTime slide show. Simply place a bunch of images in a folder and give each file the same name, followed by a sequential number (for instance, Hawaii1, Hawaii2, and so on). Go to File: Open Image Sequence, navigate to the folder of images, and select the first picture in the sequence. Click on Open. From the Frame Rate pop-up menu, choose a setting, such as 1 frame per second or 5 seconds per frame, and click on OK. Go to View: Play All Movies to admire the results.

[ Senior Contributor Ted Landau is the founder and a current contributing editor of MacFixIt , as well as the author of Mac OS X Help Line (Peachpit, 2007). ]

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