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QMovies - User's Guide


Mac software QMovies







1. Installing and uninstalling QMovies

Please read the README file that comes with the application.  Or click here to download one.


2. Introduction

What is QMovies?  QMovies is a simple batch movie conversion application that is designed to work with only QuickTime movies (MOV).  QMovies comes in two parts.  selfMovies lets you batch-convert reference movies into self-contained QuickTime videos.  refMovies goes the other way around.  You can use refMovies to batch-convert self-contained QuickTime videos into reference movies.



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When you first use QMovies, make sure you open Preferences and let it know the location of QuickTime Player 7 on your computer.  No, no, no...  You don't need QuickTime Pro.  Go to FAQ to learn where to find QuickTime Player 7 near you.



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3. Preferences

When you first launch any new application, it's always a good idea for you to open Preferences.  Okay, why not?  In order to open Preferences, choose Preferences under QMovies.  (See Screenshot 3-1.)



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The first tab is Settings.  And you don't have many settings to work on.  (See Screenshot 3-2.)  If the first checkbox is enabled, QMovies will relaunch itself when you close Preferences window to make sure that all new settings will be loaded at startup.  Checkbox FastStart is only used for selfMovies.  Enable it if you want web browsers to start the movie before data is fully loaded.

Moreover, let's take a look at what we have inside the box that is labeled Default export folder.  If you want the application to point to a specific folder or volume where to export movie files, click on the Select button.  (See Screenshot 3-3.)  By default, QMovies will automatically set the export destination to Desktop.  If your default export folder does not exist at the time of startup, QMovies will automatically set the default export folder back to Desktop.



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Furthermore, the box below will let you set default name addtion for both selfMovies and refMovies.  The default name addition for selfMovies is self.  (See Screenshot 3-4.)  The name addition will automatically added to converted movies so that original movies will not be written over and lost.  There are some characters that you cannot use to make the name addition.  If one or more illegal characters is used at the time when you close Preferences window, QMovies will automatically set the default one(s).  As for refMovies, the default name addition is ref.

Next, let's switch to the System files tab.  Under this tab, you can locate the application used by QMovies with ease.  Click on the top Show button to locate the application in Application Support.  And you can see what's found in the application folder by clicking on the top Open folder.


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Before you close Preferences window, make sure you let QMovies know the location of QuickTime Player 7.  Simply, drag and drop QuickTime Player 7's application icon onto the small drop box to the right.  (See Screenshot 3-5.)  And QMovies will remember the location for the rest of its life.


4. Using QMovies

4-1 selfMovies

In order to create self-contained QuickTime videos out of reference movies, first click on the blue icon on the main window.  (See Screenshot 4-1.)  Then the main window will be replaced by another.



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Notice that there are three small symbols on selfMovies' window.  (See Screenshot 4-2.)  The one at the top validates the existence of QuickTime Player 7 on your computer.  If the symbol is red, then it means that QMovies simply cannot locate it.  The symbol in the middle will make sure that the name addition does not contain illegal characteres.  Finally, if it's green, the symbol at the bottom indicates the destination folder or volume is currently accessible.



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If something goes wrong in real time, the color of the media drop box will turn gray, indicating that you cannot drag and drop movie files.  For example, Screenshot 4-3 shows that the name addition is not appropriate.  If you enter 'self,' then color of the media drop box will turn blue in real time again.  (See Screenshot 4-4.)  That means you could drag and drop QuickTime movies onto the drop box at any time.



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After enabling or disabling FastStart, setting the name addition and choosing an export folder, simply drag and drop one or more reference movies onto the media drop box.  (See Screenshot 4-5.)  And QMovies will generate corresponding self-contained movies accordingly.  (See Screenshot 4-6.)



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