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QuickTime is a multimedia framework originally developed by Apple Computer for its Macintosh line of computers.

Product history[]

QuickTime 1.0, codenamed "Warhol", was originally released for Macintosh System 6 in December 1991. Adobe Premiere 1.0 had also been in development by Randy Ubillos and was one of the first QuickTime-based video editors on the market.[1]

Apple released QuickTime 2.0 for System 7 in June 1994, the only commercial version that was not freely released. Version 2.5 was released on July 22nd of that year.[2]


QuickTime MPEG Extension[]

On January 24, 1997, Apple released the QuickTime MPEG Extension, which allowed playback of MPEG-1 video on Power Macintosh computers without the need for additional dedicated hardware.[3][4]

QuickTime Musical Instruments[]

Adds MIDI support to QuickTime 2.0 and later. A companion QuickTime Music control panel and Macintosh MIDI Manager had also been in development for QuickTime 2.1, but were never released.[5]

QuickTime PowerPlug[]

The PowerPlug extension accelerates performance of QuickTime 2.5 and later on systems with a PowerPC processor.[5]

QuickTime VR[]

QuickTime VR allowed for 360-degree navigation in multimedia titles.


QuickTime 7 introduced QTKit in April 2005 as a new 64-bit framework in the transition leading up to QuickTime X.[6] Classic QuickTime (pre-X) and QTKit have since been deprecated in favor of AVFoundation and AVKit, which originated on Apple's iOS platform and have now become the default media framework for macOS.[7][8][9]

Apple discontinued QuickTime development for Windows since version 7.7.9,[10] leading the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team to recommend the removal of obsolete versions of QuickTime from Windows computers due to the lack of future security updates.[11] Adobe discontinued support for the classic 32-bit versions of QuickTime and its legacy formats since April 2018 and ported the ProRes codecs of QuickTime X to support its Windows apps.[12][13]


  1. VideoSpigot Review by Jon Pugh, TidBITS. 1992-04-20.
  2. August and July 96 by Judith L. Stern and Robert Lettieri, Archive Little QuickTime Page. Accessed 2019-02-04.
  3. Press Release: Apple Introduces High-Quality MPEG Software for QuickTime by Jonathan Hirshon, Apple Computer. 1997-01-24. Archived 1998-12-02.
  4. QuickTime gets extension: MPEG-enhanced playback possible by Ed Scannell, InfoWorld. 1997-02-03.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Apple Easter Eggs: QuickTime by David K. Every & Daniel Fanton, MacKido. 2002-11-09.
  6. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: the Ars Technica review - QuickTime X by John Siracusa, Ars Technica. 2009-08-31.
  7. Exploring AV Foundation, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, 2011. Accessed 2019-02-05.
  8. Transitioning QTKit Code to AV Foundation, Apple Developer Documentation Archive. 2013-05-28. Accessed 2019-02-05.
  9. Moving to AV Kit and AV Foundation by Sam Bushell, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, 2013. Accessed 2019-02-05.
  10. Download QuickTime 7.7.9 for Windows, Apple. 2016-01-07.
  11. QuickTime on Windows by the Creative Cloud Team, Adobe Blog. 2016-04-16.
  12. Dropped support for QuickTime 7 era formats and codecs, Adobe. 2019-10-14.
  13. This Is Huge: Adobe Now Supports ProRes Export on Windows by Oliver Kmia, Fstoppers (2018-12-14)

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