Apple releases QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview 3

Apple has released QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview 3 ( QuickTime 7 is Apple’s cutting-edge digital media software for both Mac and Windows-based computers delivers unparalleled quality for creating, playing and streaming audio and video content over the Internet. Besides playing MPEG-4 and MP3 content, it supports timecode tracks as well as MIDI standards such as the Roland Sound Canvas and GS format extensions. It also supports key standards for web streaming, including HTTP, RTP and RTSP. Plus, it supports every major file format for images, including JPEG, BMP, PICT, PNG and GIF. QuickTime 7 features an ultra efficient new H.264 video codec delivering stunning quality at remarkably low data rates from 3G to iChat AV to HD.

Apple recommends that you use QuickTime 7 for Windows Public Preview only for testing purposes on non-essential systems. Apple does not recommend its use with other QuickTime-based applications, such as iTunes. The Public Preview is not supported by AppleCare.

More info and download link (23.4MB) here.

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  1. Jake, you beat me to it. I agree. They’re perfectly in line to get the final Windows version out the door to support whatever new things are coming down the pipeline for the second half of the year. Having a delay between the Quicktime version releases isn’t that big a deal since there isn’t much out there taking advantage of the new features except a few movie trailers at, but once the new killer app. or piece of hardware comes out, they’d better be able to sell it across the board right away. What worked out ok for the original iPod release won’t cut it this time around.

  2. Now if Apple would get off their high horse and make Quicktime available for Linux. I jumped on h.264 but then realized there wasn’t a good solution for using it in Linux. Now I’m trying to decide if I shouldn’t stay with Sorensen 3. I don’t want the movies I make to rely on proprietary media players. I want my movies to be seen by all. If not I could have just stuck with WMV 10.

  3. H.264 isn’t for everyone right now. Macs handle it way better than Windows machines right now, but hopefully they’ve optimized it a lot more.

    Jeff, Linux users generally don’t buy software. That’s just the nature of the beast. Not all Linux software is free, but it’s still not a huge market for Apple to pursue. Windows Media is proprietary. QuickTime is a framework that supports many different file formats, including its own proprietary .mov format. Don’t think of QuickTime as a “player” in itself.

    There’s plenty of great open source projects that play back QuickTime on Linux, such as VLC (or does the QuickTime framework need to be installed?).

  4. I took a movie I own – Constantine – and encoded it on my Dual 2.5 ghz in 6 hours to H.264 – with final size 650 mb. AMAZING quality.

    Same thing with Divx 5 took 1.5 hours, 650 mb, and pretty good quality.

    Just a side random note.

    (Neither process was dual-processor enabled, either)

  5. Coolfactor:

    Linux users don’t typically buy software because they can typically find what they want for free. And isn’t Quicktime free? I guarantee you that Apple would sell a lot of copies of QT Pro if it was available for Linux. Linux is hurting for some decent video editing software.

    I’m a Linux user as well as a Mac user. I buy software if I can’t find an open source package that does what I want. I own Final Cut Express HD and iLife ’05 but I also run Neo Office because it does what I want so there’s no need to purchase MS Office. I run Gimp, Inkscape, and Scribus on my Linux box not because its free but because it does what I want. Would I purchase Adobe Creative Suite if it were available for Linux? Probably not. Like I said, the software I mentioned does the job. I bought VMware to run on my Linux machine because I needed to run a copy of Windows 2000.

    So don’t stereotype Linux users. Maybe you weren’t and I apologize if you weren’t but there are many on the Mac sites who do come across as if their sh*t smells a little better than everyone else.

    And remember, if it weren’t for “free” software, OS X would not be the incredible software that it is.

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