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We provide this site as a simple way to keep our readers, our University of California colleagues, BMUG members, and others, informed about changes in QuickTime and related products that we think are interesting, cool, or significant. We'll also have an occasional "how-to", which will show off some cool things (some old, some new) that can be done with QuickTime Player and/or QuickTime.
We're the authors of the recently published: QuickTime 6 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide
Our previous books include QuickTime 5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, QuickTime Pro 4 Visual QuickStart Guide, QuickTime and MoviePlayer Pro 3 Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit, 1998), QuickTime: the Official Guide for Macintosh Users (Hayden, 1994), and BMUG's Quicker QuickTime (BMUG, 1992, 1993). We've also written various articles on QuickTime and multimedia and we wrote the documentation for MoviePlayer 3 (which you can download as a PDF file from our Links page.) BMUG's Guide to QuickTime 2.5 was a CD-ROM that we produced to educate people about QuickTime a number of years ago.
Why have we written so much about QuickTime? It's because QuickTime is such an elegant technology--simple, yet incredibly powerful. It's a technology that we think can be useful to many people. It is also constantly changing and growing in ways that make it, and products that rely on it, even more powerful. Our goal here is to point out those changes in ways that continue to demonstrate the simplicity and elegance. Here, as in previous projects, we'll do our best to avoid any technical mumbo-jumbo and explain things in the most straightforward way possible.
Judith L. Stern
QuickTime 6 is one of those technologies that's hard to get a handle on: It's not just an application, but an entire cross-platform multimedia architecture you can use to view and create a vast range of multimedia projects. Now over 10 years old, QuickTime has become the Web standard for streaming and non-streaming video content. QuickTime 6 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, puts the QuickTime architecture in perspective, providing both the "big picture" as well as detailed instructions for accomplishing a variety of tasks--from creating slide-show presentations, editing movies, and creating music soundtracks, to uploading videos for streaming over the Web. The task-based, visual layout takes an easy approach to teaching QuickTime, using pictures to guide you through the ins and outs of the program. If you're a beginner, you'll learn just what you need to know to get started, while all of you seasoned professionals can use the handy visual tabs to quickly look up the new features and tools of version 6, including support for MPEG-4.
List price: $21.99 U.S.
This book is avaible from Amazon.
These days, everyone's gone multimedia, not just business and graphics professionals. Artists, teachers, real estate agents, and parents have discovered the compelling power of dynamic visuals and sound. If you edit, combine, manipulate, stream, or view video, audio, text, or animation, you need Apple's QuickTime. And if you download the software, don't forget to pick up a copy of QuickTime 5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide.
Using the proven VQS approach, the authors break QuickTime into easy-to-follow tasks, with detailed, step-by-step instructions and plenty of pictures that guide you through QuickTime and QuickTime streaming. Beginners will quickly learn what they need to know to get to work with QuickTime, while more seasoned QuickTime pros can use the handy tabs to look up the new features and tools in version 5.
ISBN 0-201-74145-8 © 2001
List price: $19.99 U.S.
Whether you're new to multimedia or a seasoned author, QuickTime Pro 4: Visual QuickStart Guide will have you up and running fast with Apple's award-winning, cross-platform multimedia package. This step-by-step guide walks you through QuickTime 4, QuickTime Player Pro, and all the latest components, with in-depth coverage of QuickTime 4's new true streaming feature.
Written for the beginner and advanced user alike, QuickTime Pro 4: Visual QuickStart Guide gives you straightforward explanations of the features you'll find in the Professional edition of the package, including its extensive editing tools and newfound ability to import MP3 and Flash files. Informative screenshots are sprinkled liberally throughout the book to help keep you on track as you work.
ISBN 0-201-35469-1 © 1999
List price: $17.99 U.S.
The QuickTime and MoviePlayer Pro 3 Visual QuickStart Guide is the fastest and easiest way to learn the features of MoviePlayer Pro and the power of QuickTime. A visual tutorial and reference, the title will answer the questions a webmaster or digital media author might have about using and authoring in QuickTime and MoviePlayer Pro.
Readers will learn:
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