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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version Apps
I never noticed this until now with the Quicktime 7.4 (and I'm using Tiger). Open a movie in QuickTime Player. Now drag and drop another movie onto the player window. (I wanted to open and play the second movie, but it didn't work.) When I tried to close the QuickTime Player window, I was asked if I wanted to save my changes. I did save it to see if I'd get the "This feature requires Quicktime Pro..." notice, but it just saved and closed.

I reopened the movie and the two movies have been merged into one file.

[robg adds: I can confirm this works without QT Pro, but note that it will overwrite the original file, with no chance to rename it before saving.]
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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: withdave on Jan 25, '08 09:19:45AM

This does not actually merge the two movies but instead inserts a pointer to the inserted movie. If you delete the merged movie then the first one won't play any of the merged video. Look at the size of the original movie both before and after the merge and you will see it stays about the same.

Interestingly enough, while playing around with this I was astounded to see that once QuickTime discovered the merged movie was missing it searched ALL of my drives for it and found the missing movie even if I had renamed it and moved it to another drive!



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: lar3ry on Jan 25, '08 10:51:28AM

It probably didn't actually do the search, but queried Spotlight to see if it could find the actual file (if you moved it, it might have the same filename, date, time, etc.).



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: Frungi on Jan 27, '08 07:47:06PM

He said he renamed it AND moved itů



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: MJCube on Jan 25, '08 09:27:50AM

Apparently if the resulting file will be larger than a certain size, the Save As dialog gives me the choice of whether to save it as a self-contained movie or a reference movie. The latter consists of pointers to the individual files dragged in, and is only a few KB on disk.

Also, dragging a file into the Player window inserts it at the at the current playback point. In order to append to the end of the current movie you first have to go to the end (Option-right arrow). My prefs were set to auto-play opened files, so at first I was pausing the movie shortly after the beginning and inserting another movie at that point, which of course was not what I wanted.



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: MJCube on Jan 25, '08 09:37:52AM

Two more things I've found about saving a reference file:

It also saves the point where playback was stopped. You have to wind it to the beginning before closing (& saving) if you want it to play from the beginning when opened.

The Option-left and right arrow keyboard shortcuts go to the "chapters" within a reference movie; in other words, the beginning of each referenced file.



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 25, '08 03:07:41PM

Does this work with audio files (namely AppleLossless for me)? Because if it does then you can use regular Quicktime to duplicate the behavior of the program iTunes Join (without the automation, of course).

In other words, you could join audio files into a pointer file and have iTunes reimport them to losslessly join them together.

Does anyone know how this could be AppleScripted so I could put it in an Automator action?



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Merge movies with QuickTime Player's non-pro version
Authored by: arskinner on Sep 22, '08 11:39:45PM
One OS X video splitter and merger is SplitFuse. It's a good program that can deal with multiple formats.

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