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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique Apps
I have a long file (call it movie.mov) that I want to split into several different parts. This can be easily accomplished using Quicktime Pro, but usually it requires dragging the selectors around to the start and end points, which can be difficult to target precisely, especially on a longer movie (I'm working with one now that started out as almost two hours). On the other hand, pausing the movie and moving the cursor using the left and right arrow keys moves so slowly, it seems to take forever to get to the right moment. 2br Then I found an easier way: using the keyboard (at least for the important parts):
  1. Duplicate the master file. Use the copy for these edits. Because accidents happen.
  2. Use the mouse to drag the selector to the approximate point, but stop before the point you want to be the end of your clip.
  3. Press the Space Bar to start the movie playing. When you get to the point you want to cut, press the Space Bar again to pause.
  4. Now put the cursor over the time slider and press Command-B. This tells QuickTime to "Select None," but it has the side effect of making the selectors (which you use the mark the start and end points of your cut) jump to exactly the current position.
  5. Drag the left selector all the way to the left (the beginning of the movie). This will give you a selection of the entire clip you want from the beginning to the point you marked.
  6. Press Command-X to cut the clip, Command-N to open a new player window, and Command-V to paste the clip into the new player.
  7. Press Command-S to save (you'll have to give the new movie a name), then Command-W to close the window.
And now you're back at the file you started with, except without the clip you just saved, so you can repeat the process. Each time it gets easier to get to the selection point, since you are always starting from time 00:00, and always dealing with a progressively shorter movie.
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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: chrismear on Apr 17, '07 08:12:39AM

It would be quicker to use the 'I' and 'O' keys on your keyboard, which set the 'in' (start) and 'out' (end) points of the selection to the current position of the playhead.



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: chrismear on Apr 17, '07 08:15:34AM

Also, Option + Right Arrow and Option + Left Arrow will jump the playhead between the start of the movie, the start of the selection, the end of the selection, and the end of the movie (assuming that you currently have a selection that is greater than zero seconds).



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: chrismear on Apr 17, '07 08:17:52AM

Basically, what I'm saying is that your steps 3-5 could be replaced with a single press of the key 'O'.



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: billbarstad on Apr 17, '07 09:15:44AM

Probably useful, but clear as mud. Playhead??



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: rusto on Apr 17, '07 09:49:45AM
The "playhead" is the triangle (point down) in Quicktime that indicates what part of the movie you are viewing at the moment. screenshot

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Additional QT keyboard tips for editing
Authored by: rusto on Apr 17, '07 10:14:40AM

1) Start your movie in QT (or you could just drag the playhead to where you want to begin the clip)

2) Set start of section you wish to copy out by typing shift-right arrow (this will bring both edit markers to the playhead position). Play will stop at this point.

3) Restart playback by tapping space bar and set end of clip you wish to copy by typing shift-right arrow again.

OR

4) Drag right edit marker to where you want to end the clip.

5) If you nailed it, copy and paste the section to a new movie.

6) If you wish to tweak the start and end edit marker positions, move the playhead to the marker you want to nudge by typing either option-right arrow or option-left arrow and then nudge them by holding the shift key down and tapping either the right or left arrow.

NOTE: if you CLICK on an edit marker (it will turn black), shift-right/left arrow will only move that selected marker. To deselect an edit marker, click on the playhead (making it black).



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Additional QT keyboard tips for editing
Authored by: bjoossen on Apr 17, '07 10:44:17AM
Hi,

It would be much easier to use SimpleMovieX.
Not only is this app designed to deal with long movies (search by thumbnails, zoomable timeline, keyframe indicator), but it also has a "Split" fonction that does it in one shot once you've placed chapter marks at the edit points.
And it can be used for free.
http://www.aeroquartet.com/SimpleMovieX/

Note: I'm the developer of this app...

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Additional QT keyboard tips for editing
Authored by: rusto on Apr 17, '07 11:01:18AM

Nice app. I like the ability to to zoom in on the timeline to place playhead or set edit markers! Keyboard hints just above the timeline are nice too.

Can chapter markers be moved once placed?



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: iMP on Apr 17, '07 08:12:37PM

Hi:

You can also use the "i" and "o" keys to set in and out points, my favorite.

Also, you can add or subtract from a selection by using option-arrow to jump the beginning or end of the selection, and then option-shift-arrow left or right.

guy



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: regulus on Apr 19, '07 12:39:06PM
I always found MPEG Streamclip easier to use than quicktime... it's free so you don't even need quicktime "pro". It has better fast forward and rewind capabilities making it easier to get to where you need to be. The i and o keys work for setting in and out points. There's many more export options and it has a batch window so you can set up a bunch of edits and then run them all at once. It's much better and it's free... you can't beat that. And no, I do not work for them.

http://www.squared5.com/

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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: kohlmannj on May 08, '07 08:10:04PM

I'll endorse MPEG Streamclip a second time - it's an amazing application. I'd specifically use it over QTP (if it weren't for Final Cut Express) because of its more precise timecode display, but that's to say nothing of Streamclip's excellent file support and exporter settings (for free!).

Another very obvious note about using the "I" and "O" shortcut keys as well - pressing O simply selects from the starting marker (you don't need to press I first to use O).

And if anything, this original hint is a handy way to visualize where you're cropping.



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An easier QuickTime Pro file splitting technique
Authored by: KS on Oct 13, '12 07:46:37PM

Oh my gosh... this has solved so much grief for me. A simple answer to a problem that has been dogging me for awhile. And here I was, overthinking it, playing with downconverts in Streamclip...never even thought to do this. I have large files I'm trying to back up to DVDs to remove from my system, and have left them on there for ages rather than mess with them. Thank you!!!!!!!



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