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Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro Apps
The QuickTime Player application in the Pro version of QuickTime behaves very nicely: it allows you to start an export, then close the source movie, open another one, start another export, etc. This is good for overnight jobs, especially when exporting using that cool H264 codec takes quite some time.

[robg adds: When I first tested this, it didn't work for me -- I couldn't open another movie (via drag and drop, double-clicking in the Finder, or using QuickTime's Open dialog box) while the export was going.

Then I tried minimizing the export window to the Dock. Once I did that, then all the usual methods of opening a QuickTime video worked just fine. Using this method, when I started the next export, nothing seemed to happen. But that's because QuickTime uses the already-existing Export window, and just adds the second movie below the first. Since I had the window minimized in the Dock, I couldn't see that.

An anonymous tipster wrote in that "each new export spawns an entirely separate process called QTplayerHelper. Interestingly, this process is given a nice value of 3. Exports can therefore be sped up a bit by re-nicing said process using the Terminal."]
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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: Mike A on Aug 22, '05 10:18:12AM

Whilst it's great that Quicktime can do this, I'm very disappointed in Apple and the Quicktime team that you have to do so in such a long-winded manner. I've been trying to find a way around of the issue of not being able to open stuff whilst exporting for a while. I never even thought to try minimising the Export window. I filed a bug report on this a few days ago though, so here's hoping!



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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: spinkb on Aug 22, '05 12:52:25PM
A couple notes about this. When you are doing the export, its another app entirely that is "loaded" into quicktime that is processing the export. You can see this via the terminal "ps aux".

A better work around in my opinion is to just select "File","New". Then the "Quicktime Player" is really the live app, and you can once again double click to open a movie, or drag and drop. The export window just can't be the front window. Any other window can be...so if you for example click back on your movie window you are exporting, it will be fine again.

Another intersting note is that if you use applescript to do an export, it does not multithread the export. You have to use Applescript GUI scripting to accomplish the multithreaded export. --Ben Spink

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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: marroug on Aug 22, '05 04:53:52PM
This feature was added with QT7. It is very welcome, since you used to have to use Compressor ($$$) for this fairly simple task. However, I do not have to minimize the exporting window to do multiple exports. I can even start multiple exports of the same file without ever closing it. I use this a lot to make multiple versions for different bandwidths.

Travis
HAT Productions

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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: derrickbass on Aug 22, '05 08:44:42PM
You don't need to minimize the export window. You just need to have an actual movie as the frontmost window. (Or the info window, but only if you first made a movie frontmost and then clicked on or opened the info window.) And, at least for me, minimizing the export window doesn't always work. Basically, I just try to remember not to close the window of the file I'm exporting.

If you are bothered by this, you should definitely submit a bug report to Apple. They might close it as a duplicate, but I would hope that more people complaining would get them to fix it sooner.

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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: derrickbass on Aug 22, '05 08:48:34PM
Oops. The link should be bugreporter.apple.com.

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10.4: Export multiple movies at once with QuickTime Pro
Authored by: sd on Aug 23, '05 07:07:44AM

Very welcome feature, especially for DivX :-)

But I would have prefer a queue, instead of simultaneous exports.



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