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Why do i need quicktime player?

by Draigous / March 9, 2008 5:52 AM PDT

Some video's want me to download quicktime to play them. I have the vlc media player,i thought that it played quicktime video's. I don't use apple so why is it alot of video's only use quicktime to play them? I just feel that i have to have to many different video players on my pc. Is there really just one player out there that can handle all video or not? I even have realplayer on my pc and have not used it in 2 years. Can i get rid of it or will i run into a problem with more video wanting realplayer?

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You Don't! Unless You Like It,,
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 9, 2008 7:11 AM PDT

The VLC Player should play all the common videos that you want as long as you've saved them to your desktop.. (There are a few file types which it doesn't support but it does a good job on most.) Still, there will be a few occasions when anything you use won't cover everything.. Specifically, some website links try to get a specific player to play the audio video files.. Personally, I have quite a few players installed.. Each type of codec is then covered and I don't have issues.

Hope this helps.


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Real Player
by Dango517 / March 11, 2008 5:24 PM PDT

will play all the common video file formats within it. In a way, it's an all-in-one. With it you only need one media player.

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by domenicofavotto / March 11, 2008 7:09 PM PDT

you will need quicktime player to play quicktime movies. quicktime movie files are mov files.
to download quicktime go to

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Nope, Quicktime Player Is NOT Required for .mov Files
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 12, 2008 10:21 AM PDT
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As I stated earlier, some websites will require Quicktime to be used (Quicktime Trailers comes to mind) but if you save a .mov file to your desktop, it can usually be played by VLC, RealPlayer, Quicktime Alternative Player, or sometimes even Windows Media Player. (I just played the Quicktime "sample" using WMP..) Those players WILL play Quicktime movie files.

Hope this helps.


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Use Quicktime Alternative and Real Alternative
by skycatcher / March 15, 2008 12:38 AM PDT
You don't need either player.
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Thank you Skycatcher
by Draigous / March 16, 2008 12:36 PM PDT

Wow this is just what i've been looking for and they work great too. I wonder why these two downloads are not that well known? I just hated having so many different players to use.

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Why do I need quicktime player
by dkingsborough / March 15, 2008 10:08 AM PDT

Personally, I hate the quicktime player-it takes too long to load, and takes even longer to load quicktime movies (.mov extension). However, the quicktime player is bundled with ITUNES if you're copying mp3 and mp4 sound files to IPODs. Personally, I use RealPlayer to listen to .mov files.

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