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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays Install
One of Snow Leopard's many refinements is QuickTime X, which comes with a new, simplified version of QuickTime Player. The new player focuses on elegantly displaying video, but loses most of the editing capabilities that have been a core feature of QuickTime since 1991. The new version doesn't even have a Preferences window, and you'll notice that the QuickTime pane in System Preferences is gone too.

Fortunately, QuickTime Player 7 still works. In fact, the old version of the player (7.6.3) is a custom install option, and is also available as part of the Optional Installs package. The description says "for use with older media formats," begging the question of what else QuickTime X doesn't do. On the bright side, you don't need a QuickTime Pro key any more to take advantage of the editing features in QuickTime Player 7 (more value for your $29).

QuickTime Player 7 has the option of blacking out additional displays when playing a movie full screen. QuickTime Player X annoyingly doesn't have this option, which is quite distracting when trying to enjoy a movie without your work getting in the way. Here's a workaround if you have a Cinema Display: in Display Preferences, under options, you can program the display's power button to turn the display off. Voila, a black screen. I suppose if you have any other display you could just turn it off the normal way.

Comments on what other features from QuickTime Player 7 you wish were included in QuickTime Player X? Maybe eventually it'll grow a Preferences window again.
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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: sd on Sep 01, '09 07:47:23AM
On the bright side, you don't need a QuickTime Pro key any more to take advantage of the editing features in QuickTime Player 7 (more value for your $29)
not true: QT is automatically registered as "pro" only if the SL installer has found a "pro" licence in one of your disks when installing. Otherwise, you stay with a "non pro" unregistered version !

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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: baltwo on Sep 01, '09 06:11:25PM

If you had a license and the installer failed to transfer it, launch QTP 7, select Registration from the QTP menu, enter the QT Pro registration number, and hit the Tab key. That should activate it into the Pro version.



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: arcticmac on Sep 01, '09 07:48:01AM

playing midi files...

having a selection and the "play selection only" option so you can just play part of a track without deleting the rest.

that said, I do like the "new screen recording" feature.



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: Canal Noises on Sep 01, '09 08:16:10AM

I wish QuickTime X supported QuickTime VR. It isn't nearly as popular as it was a decade or so ago, but you can still do some really cool things with it.



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: bethri on Sep 01, '09 09:43:35AM
Read the QuickTime X section of the ARS Snow Leopard review for a fuller understanding of what's happened with QuickTime 7/X and why.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/08/mac-os-x-10-6.ars/6

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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: mountainbiker on Sep 01, '09 11:33:38AM

Can someone help educate more all about QuickTime. With Leopard, I just had the generic QuickTime (I guess QuickTime 7). It had various greyed out features. These features could be had for a $29.99 investment to turn this basic QT to QT Pro. I never had the need to migrate to QT Pro.

Now, I have upgraded to Snow Leopard, and I simply have an app called QuickTime Player. I have QuickTime 7. (I believe this was an optional install from the Snow Leopard disc.) QT 7 still has the optional buy-me features.

SO, now what exactly is QuickTime X?



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: cawaker on Sep 01, '09 11:53:37AM

So if i install SL onto a new disk, is there anyway to input the QT7 pro code? It used to be saved in the preferences pane.



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: baltwo on Sep 01, '09 06:12:28PM

See my previous comment.



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10.6: Install QuickTime Player 7 to black out other displays
Authored by: iampivot on Sep 01, '09 04:59:27PM

So does anyone know how to turn off automatic play of video files in safari that uses the new <video> tag? In the old quicktime system preference pane, there was an option to turn it off, but that one is now gone..



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