Creating QuickTime Output Files

QuickTime is an open standard with many built-in codecs and is both a multimedia and streaming media architecture. It is widely used for both authoring and delivery. For example, many video editing and compositing applications use QuickTime as their base format. QuickTime contains a wide range of video and audio codecs suitable for everything from streaming video to DVD. The QuickTime architecture can also handle file formats other than QuickTime movies, such as AVI files and 3G streams. For more information on creating those kinds of formats, see Creating QuickTime Export Component Files.

QuickTime Media Files for the Web

You can play your output media files over the web with QuickTime, once they are compressed to a data rate appropriate for the bandwidth you expect the users to have. You can do this by making your output media files either QuickTime Fast Start movies (pre-buffered download) or QuickTime Streaming movies.

Compressor allows you to choose different streaming options via the Streaming pop-up menu in the QuickTime Encoder pane. See the Streaming pop-up menu item for more information about streaming QuickTime media files over the web.