Monday, 15 June 2009
flv playback supported in QuickTime X (available with Snow Leopard)
UPDATE: This comment is not true, as I just corrected here.
In the middle of the flood of informations regarding the upcoming release of Snow Leopard from Apple, I didn't find any reference to this fact. And given it might be of interest to some of you, there you have it:
QuickTime Player X, the version which will be included in Snow Leopard, does play .flv videos on the fly*, and furthermore: it can save those videos to m4v. This means that the video format more widely utilized in the video sites such as youtube etc will be natively supported by QuickTime Player. But there is more: when this version of QuickTime is included in the version of OS X included in iPhone/iPod Touch, it will allow you to watch those videos, without prior conversion, on your iPhone or iPod Touch. I think this fact deserves being noticed, as it will save quite some time to many people interested in .flv videos.
But even if you don't use Apple's portable devices, it is really convenient to play .flv videos straight on QuickTime, and besides you can convert them to m4v for playback with iTunes. Interestingly, you can also export in HD format (H.264 video at 5 Mbps max). Yet I found bizarre that you can not directly add flv video files to your iTunes library, although they appear active in the "Add to library" window.
* Well, maybe "on the fly" is too much saying; in fact, QuickTime Player X takes some time to load the flv file first, before allowing its playback. This is very fast in short files, but noticeably longer when long files are played.