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A review by Michael

QuickTime is a multimedia platform that has the ability to support over 30 different formats of sound, video, picture, and panoramic images. It is a sophisticated media player due to its simple design, easy-to-use controls, and capabilities of playing multiple video formats. Because of H.264 video compression technology, QuickTime delivers HD videos using less bandwidth and storage. QuickTime is a great software for Windows users, with lots of useful features packed into it. However, my personal opinion is that Windows users should look for other options if they need a multimedia platform, as the software is no longer updated by Apple and has had many unpatched security vulnerabilities exposed.

System requirements

For Windows computers:

  • A Pentium processor
  • A minimum of 128 MB of RAM
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista

A brief history of Quicktime

QuickTime was developed by Apple in 1991 and they made it available for both Windows and Mac operating system, but in 2016 they stopped supporting it on Windows. Because of this, QuickTime has critical vulnerabilities which can easily be exploited by hackers, whichis why it is no longer recommended to use the software. At that time, the U.S. Government and TrendMicro said that every Windows user should uninstall this software immediately in order to protect their personal data.

Main Features


QuickTime has the option to record the screen, a feature that might help you a lot. For instance, you can record a tutorial or even a TV show if you want. It is easy to use and this is a feature rarely seen with any other video player.

Editing movies

Since we have talked about making tutorials with the recording feature, the recording feature is enhanged by an editing feature. Using QuickTime’s edit feature, you can split a clip, rotate, combine and cut video files which you’ve recorded.

Video sharing

After creating a video, or when watching a downlaoded video, sharing it is made very easy using the QuickTime player. Just by pressing the “share” button you get the option to post the video onto Facebook, YouTube, Flickr or Vimeo.

Live stereaming

Using QuickTime Broadcast you can stream live to a QuickTime server and you have the opportunity to record it on your Hard Drive while streaming as well. This is a key feature for live streamers everywhere, such as gamers, that would like to live stream for fans.


When it comes to subtitles, QuickTime falls short. Things are not that easy here, because if you want to use an MP4 with subtitle, you have to have a software called Perian installed first, and you also must convert your video to another format, like AVI. With Perian, you can load any AVI subtitle you want.

Saving videos

Since Apple offered its users the possibility to upload their videos so easy to Facebook, YouTube, and so on, they also give, via the QuickTime platform, the option to download videos from websites.


QuickTime is a multimedia framework capable of handling formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity. Apple stopped support for the Windows version of QuickTime in 2016.

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