Creating QuickTime Export Component Output Files

Compressor and QuickTime can be extended to support additional codec options and third-party formats. This section focuses on the QuickTime component plug-in feature, which allows you to export exotic file formats that can play on third-party devices and operating systems, such as mobile phones. Unlike standard QuickTime movies, these exported files cannot be played back with QuickTime Player or other QuickTime-based applications. (For information on the native QuickTime movie file format, see Creating QuickTime Movie Output Files.)

In the past, creating these kinds of files required multiple steps and multiple operating systems: exporting the file, moving it to a computer on another platform, and then encoding using another software application. The QuickTime Export Components feature allows you to control the third-party encoding engine without having to open another application. This streamlines your workflow and saves you the time and hassle of working with multiple operating systems and software packages.