QuickTime 7.1.6

May 8, 2007

Two things about the latest QuickTime update I haven’t noticed having been mentioned anywhere:

- Timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player

The first one is easy, we can now view the frame number, or, if the movie has a timecode track, different timecode formats:

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It seems this might be tied to Compressor 3’s ability to do non-destructive timecode overlays.

Closed captioning has still remained a mystery to me. All I could find was a checkbox in the preferences:

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It’s a shame that Apple hasn’t yet updated the developer docs to explain the new captioning features. Hopefully it will be discussed at WWDC. We can always just do the good old alternate Text Track and View > Choose Language thing, but I think it’s high time for something a bit more sophisticated. Especially if Apple ever wants to expand it’s movie selling business outside the US. Robust captioning support might even help push QT as a viable distribution medium as well.