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Control QuickTime like Final Cut Pro
Authored by: Roquentin on Aug 01, '08 09:10:13AM

Now if there were just a way to skip forward or backward in X-second intervals, I might finally be able to ditch VLC. On the other hand, I'd still need a way to force playback in various aspect ratios (16:9, 5:4, 4:3, etc.), too. Oh, well.



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Control QuickTime like Final Cut Pro
Authored by: regulus on Aug 02, '08 06:55:13AM
This is what applescript is for. Applescript adds functionality that isn't enabled in the normal interface. For example, to skip forward a certain amount of time you could use the following. Change (10) to whatever seconds you want and you can even use negative numbers. Just use some hot-key type program and assign the script to a key combination and you're all set. Applescript can help with the movie size stuff too. I suggest you go to the applescript forum at macscripter (http://bbs.macscripter.net/viewforum.php?id=2) and search or post some questions.

tell application "QuickTime Player"
tell document 1
set ts to time scale
set ct to current time
set nt to ct + ts * (10)
set current time to nt
end tell
end tell


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Control QuickTime like Final Cut Pro
Authored by: Roquentin on Aug 05, '08 01:20:21PM

Yeah, I know you can do it in AppleScript, but the responsiveness of that method isn't even in the ballpark (same city, even) of what VLC can do with its built-in skip-ahead method, and the J-K-L scrubbing doesn't come close either.



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Control QuickTime like Final Cut Pro
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 02, '08 07:20:10PM

There's a way to force different aspect-ratios in Quicktime (Pro?) - open a video, press cmd+j (or Window > Show Movie Properties). Then select the video track, and "visual settings", and uncheck "preserve aspect ratio" and enter a new display size..

..okay it's not quite as simple as "VLC's Video > Aspect Ratio > 16:9", but it's.. possible (There are also lots of interesting things you can do in the video properties window, like extracting audio tracks, boosting volume, flipping video and such)



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Control QuickTime like Final Cut Pro
Authored by: Roquentin on Aug 05, '08 01:22:32PM

"Not quite as simple" is right. The VLC method is resolution-independent and allows me to quickly resize the playback window but maintain the same aspect ratio.



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