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Quicktime For Windows

QuickTime for Windows - should you uninstall it as the US Government suggests?

QuickTime For  WindowsIn the last few weeks there has been a lot of speculation on the Internet regarding the US Homeland Security advice to uninstall QuickTime for Windows because of security problems in QuickTime player. Should you uninstall it?

Our answer would be no. Most editing programs need QuickTime for importing and exporting QuickTime files. If you remove it they will not be able to do this. The problems are in QuickTime player, not in the components used in the editing program. If you do not use QuickTime player to playback files and make sure QuickTime is not used to playback files in your web browser you should not have a problem.

You can use programs like VLC, Windows media player or Media Player Classic to playback most QuickTime files.

Most of the manufacturers are now prioritising writing their own modules to import and export QuickTime files on Windows, so expected to see some updates in the next few months. Hopefully it means performance of QuickTime files will improve as well, so maybe this will prove a blessing in disguise!

The biggest message from all the companies involved has been:

  1. Don't panic.
  2. Uninstall QuickTime and re-install it, but this time only install the core components.  Choose a custom install and install "QuickTime essentials", disabling "QuickTime player" and "optional QuickTime features".  If you download the latest QuickTime for Windows installer from Apple it will have already disable the optional features so all you have to do is choose not to install the QuickTime player.  This should minimise any possible exposure to hacks across the Internet to which you may be open.

What is the current situation with the various programs?

Most manufacturers have said they same thing - you can uninstall QuickTime but if you do ,you will not be able to load some types of file or export to QuickTime files.  This is an obviously problem as many people use QuickTime files in the cameras and for transferring files between machines. 

There are also some file types which you would not think are classed as QuickTime files which can be affected.  EDIUS loads most still image formats through QuickTime so if QuickTime is removed you cannot load JPGs, PSDs and many other formats or export them.  With no QuickTime Resolve cannot load MP4 files any more.

The different manufacturers have to write their own QuickTime importers and exporters which they are all now doing.  Only Grass Valley have details on a prospective timescale for implementation of a version that does not need QuickTime.

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