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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch Apps
Do you like to use QuickTime Player's Movie Info window (Window: Show Movie Info, or just Command-I) open all the time? Would you like it to actually open on launch of the player, and not just at your command? To have the Info open when you laucnh the player, you have to modify the value key QTPMovieInfoShowPanel in com.apple.quicktimeplayer.plist (in your user's Library/Preferences folder). Quit QuickTime Player before doing any editing,.

If you're using the Developer Tools, just double-click this file and change the value for the key from No to Yes. Save the file and quit PropertyList Editor.

If you're editing via the command line or your favorite text editor, you need to first convert the preferences file to XML format in Terminal:
$ cd ~/Library/Preferences
$ plutil -convert xml1 com.apple.quicktimeplayer.plist
Edit the file, changing the QTPMovieInfoShowPanel key to look like this:
<key>QTPMovieInfoShowPanel</key>
<true/>
After editing, you can convert the plist file back to binary format:
$ plutil -convert binary1 com.apple.quicktimeplayer.plist
Now launch QuickTime Player, and revel in the always-visible Info window.
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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: jsumners on Feb 03, '06 07:09:26AM

I'm pretty sure I just left the info window open one time when I closed Quicktime Player and it has been coming up every time since. I know I didn't do any of this tomfoolery.



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: jjardoino on Feb 03, '06 08:26:14AM

That's exactly what I was thinkin. The Info window is always opened when I launch QuickTime Player, and it's just because it was kept opened when I left the Player. No code, no plist editing is necessary for that.



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: vykor on Feb 03, '06 10:01:30AM

Hmm. Can you describe in more detail how to reproduce the automatic Info panel opening behavior?

My test case (10.4.4, latest QuickTime):
- Open movie. Note that no Info panel is open.
- Select Window->Show Movie Info. Note that Info panel is now open.
- option1: quit QuickTime player immediately. Reopen same movie file. Result: Info panel is not open at next launch.
or
- option2: close movie window. Note that the Info panel is still open, with no data displaying. Quit QuickTime Player and reopen same movie file. Result: Info panel is not open at next launch.



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: mike666 on Feb 03, '06 11:37:33AM

Oh, great, I've had the info panel staying open for as long as I can remember (just by hitting cmd-I) but I went through your little procedure to confirm and now that "feature" is broken. I'm guessing the sticky info window behavior was set somewhere back in QT6 by having the app set the plist key and that has now been disabled in QT7 for some ungodly reason...



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: jsumners on Feb 03, '06 12:45:42PM

That sounds plausible.



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: jjardoino on Feb 04, '06 01:56:21AM

It's funny : I always had the info window opened when I launched QT Player, even if no video was opened. Even with 10.4.4 and last version of QT... Always.

But, since I read this hint, I made the test... So I launched QT Player (with Info window opened, naturally). And I closed the Info window before quitting the Player, just for the test...

And, now, when I launch the Player, there's no Info window opened at launching. Too bad :-)

I think it would have been better not to read this hint and not to do the test... :-))



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: THEM on Feb 03, '06 08:27:53AM

Simpler method. Running this from the terminal will do it:
defaults write com.apple.quicktimeplayer QTPMovieInfoShowPanel -bool true

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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: barryjaylevine on Feb 03, '06 09:34:29PM

Very nice! Thanks!

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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: appleman_design on Feb 06, '06 01:17:51PM

thxs that did the trick..the org. way did not have the key placed in the plist file



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editing plists with vim
Authored by: moritzh on Feb 03, '06 09:20:28AM

Using a script I wrote for vim, you can edit the binary plist files with the described conversions from/to binary happening automatically in the background, as described in a hint here on this site.

This is nice if you are the curious type of person and want to browse aroung in the plist a bit at the same time to see if there are any other interesting keys you tewak. If you just want to change a single key, the above mentioned method with defaults write is undoubtedly the fastest.

-Moritz Heckscher



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Open QuickTime Player's Info window at launch
Authored by: PopMcGee on Feb 22, '13 11:30:35AM

I had a problem where QuickTime Player 7's Movie Inspector kept showing up at startup despite me not wanting this (Mac OS X 10.6.8). The following command solved this:

defaults write com.apple.quicktimeplayer QTPMovieInspectorShowPanel -bool false

Cheers!



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