Waiting for your copy of Tiger to arrive? You can play with QuickTime 7 right now. And you won’t believe your eyes…
I just encoded my first movie in H.264 using QuickTime Pro 7. I had been working on this 4:16 project for a couple weeks, and have encoded it previously in Sorenson 3 and MPEG-4. To get the quality I wanted, the file size was around 140 MBs (for a 640×480 movie at 29.97 fps).
Last night, I set up the export out of iMovie HD to the new H.264 codec that’s included in QuickTime 7. The compression time was about double what Sorenson had been taking, so I just called it a night and went to sleep.
First thing I did this morning was check the finished product. The file size had shrank to 50 MBs. I thought, “well that’s nice, but it’s probably going to look too chunky.” Heh. Was I wrong.
The movie is beautiful! And because it uses resources so efficiently, it plays smooth as ice — both audio and video — on my PowerBook. H.264 is amazing.
The rest of QuickTime is quite impressive also. We’re publishing a full review of it on MacDevCenter.com within the next week or so. Until then, I can tell you this. The new audio recording function is a riot. You can also plug in your iSight and record video directly in QT 7. Major fun. The interface is much improved. Overall, there’s plenty to keep you busy here while you wait for Tiger.
I recommend the Pro version for $29.95. It includes all of the goodies and the editing tools.
And yes, you can run QT 7 on Panther just fine…