QuickTime is a media player that supports most common audio and video formats. It also comes with a basic image viewer that supports most popular image formats. It offers a simple GUI with basic buttons to play, seek, and adjust volume. With the seek button you can fast-forward or rewind your video. Also, you can view video content as you drag the mouse pointer along the progress bar.
It is a bit slow to open, but other than that it performs well during audio and video playback. It works great with HD and Full-HD videos. It also offers integration with your browser so you can watch videos right from its window without the need to save the content to disk. Although the shareware version offers few functions other than normal playback, it is more than enough for most users. The Pro version unlocks some useful functions for recording, editing, converting, and streaming.
A disadvantage of the program is that it doesn't support some popular video formats, like WMV and DivX. So you have to install codecs manually as the application doesn't offer a way to do this automatically. Also, like most Apple software does, it installs additional tools that I consider to be bloatware. The installation package comes with an additional basic image viewer, the PictureViewer. Since Windows already has one integrated, this is just eating extra space on the disk. Software Update and Application Support are other programs in question. The update function, for instance, might as well be integrated into the main program, giving you the option to do it automatically or not, as most programs do. In short, the installation should have given users the opportunity to choose what components they wish to install.
- Support for H.264 compression
- Works great with HD videos
- Audio playback integration
- Many extra codecs are needed for playback
- Doesn't support some common video formats
- Installs bloatware