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What is QuickTime and what is it for on Mac

What is QuickTime?

It is a very simple application that will also provide you with various functions that will surely, at some point or another, be very useful for you. First of all, we can talk about QuickTime as a multimedia player, through which you can play the songs you want and, of course, the files in video format that you have. In fact, by default, it is the application that macOS uses to play any video that you open from Finder.

QuickTime

We are going with more functions that are really useful. QuickTime also offers you the possibility of making different recordings. First of all, you can record a normal video using your Mac’s camera, you can also record your computer screen and even use this application to be able to record audio through the Mac’s own microphone or an external microphone that you connect to the computer.

These are the main functions that this application has, that we remember, you do not have to install it since Apple offers it in each and every one of the computers it sells, so you just have to open your Mac and start using it. Here we explain in detail how you can easily carry out each and every one of the functions that QuickTime offers.

What happens if you delete the application by accident

It is possible that you did not know until now the amount of functionalities that QuickTime offers and that therefore, at some point, since this app was not useful to you, you decided to remove it from your Mac and now you want to reinstall it. Well, if this is your case, you just have to go to this Apple page and select the corresponding version depending on the version of macOS you have installed on your Mac.

This is what it allows to do in macOS

Serves as a video and audio player

As we have mentioned before, QuickTime is the program chosen by macOS by default to open video files. However, it is possible that if at any time you have installed another program that also allows this function, you have accepted that this program is chosen by default to open all video files. In this case, if you want to open a video with QuickTime, you just have to right-click on the file, select Open with and click on QuickTime, then the video will open and play with this application.

As is usually the case with all applications, QuickTime only supports certain video formats, these are listed below.

  • QuickTime movie (.mov).
  • MPEG-4 (.MP4, M4V).
  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later).
  • MPEG-1.
  • 3GPP.
  • 3GPP2.
  • AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion o posterior).
  • AVI.
  • DV.

In the same way that you can use QuickTime to open and play video files, you can also use it to play audio files. However, in this case it is not the application that uses macOS by default, so now you will have to, necessarily, right-click on the file, click Open with, and select QuickTime. Again, this application only supports the audio files that are in the following formats.

  • iTunes Audio (.m4a, M4B, M4P, MP3).
  • Core Audio (.caf).
  • AIFF.
  • AT.
  • SD2.
  • WAV.
  • SND.
  • AMR.

Can record computer screen

New screen recording

Another of the most outstanding functions of this application is the possibility of recording the screen of your Mac very easily. To carry out this function, you just have to follow the steps indicated below.

  1. Download the QuickTime app on your Mac.
  2. Click, at the top left, in the top menu, on File.
  3. Click New Screen Recording
  4. In the menu that appears you will have to choose one of the options offered by the app to record the entire screen or a selected part or also take a screenshot.

Once the screen recording is finished, by default it will be saved on your Mac’s Desktop.

Take screenshot

Very useful for recording audios

One of the most common uses of QuickTime is to record the audio that you can collect from the application itself. To carry out this action, you just have to follow the simple steps that we indicate below.

  1. Open QuickTime on your Mac.
  2. Click, at the top left, in the top menu, on File.
  3. Click New Audio Recording.
  4. In the displayed interface, click on the symbol that appears next to the record button to choose the source through which you want to collect the audio.
  5. Hit the record button.
  6. Once you want to finish, you just have to stop the recording and save it in the location you want.

With these simple steps you can use this fantastic program to record all the audio files you want, with the ease of being able to choose at any time which is the source through which you are going to collect all the sound. It should be mentioned that the generated audio file is in .m4a format.

Audio recording

Connects with Mac camera

Finally we want to talk to you, perhaps, about the most forgotten function of QuickTime, which is the video recording through the camera of your Mac. It is surely the most forgotten function due to the poor image quality offered by the camera that nowadays today assemble Apple computers. However, if you buy a webcam that offers better image quality, this function can be very useful. To make a recording through the camera with QuickTime, you just have to follow the following steps.

  1. Open QuickTime on your Mac.
  2. Click, at the top left, in the top menu, on File.
  3. Click New Video Recording.
  4. In the displayed interface, click on the symbol that appears next to the record button to choose the source through which you want to collect the image.
  5. Hit the record button.
  6. Once you want to finish, you just have to stop the recording and save it in the location you want.

Video recording

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