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Video How to See QuickTime Video On the Web

By Dan Pacheco

The following instructions explain how to configure Netscape Navigator, the most popular Web browser, to play QuickTime video files. These instructions assume you are using Windows 95. We also offer help for Windows 3.1 and Macintosh.

Install QuickTime

To see QuickTime videos, there's no shortcut: you must have Apple's QuickTime software. Here's how to get it:

Step 1 - Get QuickTime Software

  • First, create a new folder and name it "download." To do this, minimize all of the windows on your computer until you see the desktop (shortcut: hold down the Control key and press Esc, then hold down the Alt key and press M). Open "My Computer" and "C:\" and choose "File" and "New Folder." Name it "download." To return to the Web browser, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and click the browser icon.

  • Go to Apple's QuickTime download page and click one of the links under the heading "QuickTime 2.1.2 for Windows 95/NT ." When the browser asks you where to save the file, choose the folder "download" which you just created. (If you don't know how to find files and folders in the download dialogue box, read our guide.)

  • When the download is complete, go to c:\download through "My Computer" and click twice on qt32.exe. This will cause several more files to appear. Double-click on qt32inst.exe and follow the instructions on your screen.

  • After QuickTime has installed, delete all of the files in your "download" directory.

  • If you have Netscape Navigator 3.0, you're all set to try a sample video. If not, go on to...

    Step 2 - Upgrade to Netscape
    Navigator 3.0 (Optional)

    Upgrading to Navigator 3.0 is not absolutely necessary, but it will allow you to view QuickTime (and AVI) videos right on a Web page rather than in a second window. You can also start viewing videos without any further setup!

    If you're not yet ready to upgrade, skip ahead.

  • Find out how to get the latest version of Netscape in our Netscape upgrade guide.

  • Once Netscape has successfully installed, return to this page and go on to view a sample QuickTime movie.

    Note: If you are using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3.0, you must download ActiveMovie, a program that allows the browser to play QuickTime, as well as MPEG and AVI files. But first, check to see if you already have ActiveMovie by going to your C drive and searching for "actmovie.exe." If it's not there, get a copy at Microsoft's download page (634 KB).

    If You Don't Want to Upgrade ...
    If you don't want to upgrade to Navigator 3.0, you can still use Netscape to use the QuickTime software you just downloaded. Here's how:

  • Return to Netscape, go to the "Options" menu and choose "General Preferences," then "Helpers."

  • Scroll down until you see a line like this:

    File Type Action Extensions
    video-quicktime . qt, mov

  • Select that line and, at the bottom of the window, click "Launch the Application" and "Browse." Locate the directory c:\windows and click twice on the file play32.exe. Click OK.

  • Go to the "Options" menu again and choose "Save Options." Then go on to the next step to ...

    Step 3: View a Sample QuickTime Clip
  • Click on the following link to start downloading a sample QuickTime movie.

    0 Pumpkin (Quicktime, 51K)

    You should see a box like this:

    To see the pumpkin glow, just click the play button, which is similar to the one on a VCR.

    Notice that the video clip is preceded by a movie icon. On WashingtonPost.com, this icon designates a video clip. The information in parentheses tell you what kind of video it is (QuickTime or AVI) and how large it is in kilobytes (K). Videos we produce will always be well under 300K to be accessible over modems, but clips on other sites may be longer.

    Across the Web, video clips are frequently designated by three letters (or extension) at the end of the file name. The extension for QuickTime is (.mov). The extension for AVI is (.avi).

    Is That All?
    For QuickTime video, yes. But you'll also find a lot of AVI videos on the Web. Read our AVI guide to learn how to get the best AVI tool.

    QuickTime for:
    o Windows 95
    o Windows 3.1
    o Macintosh

    AVI tool for:
    o Windows 95
    o Windows 3.1
    o Macintosh

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    For Best Results:
    You may find it easier to follow these instructions if you print out this page and keep it nearby. If you have a printer, go to the "File" menu above and choose "Print."

    Since we send you to other sites, you might also want to bookmark this page so you can easily return. To learn how to do this, refer to our user guide.

    QuickTime for:
    o Windows 95
    o Windows 3.1
    o Macintosh

    AVI tool for:
    o Windows 95
    o Windows 3.1
    o Macintosh

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    Wait! What if I Already Have QuickTime?

    If you recently installed a multi-media CD-ROM, it's possible that you already have QuickTime on your computer. So why download this version? This is QuickTime version 2.1.2, and you could have version 2.1.1.

    If you're absolutely sure that you have the latest version, skip step 1. But if you have any doubts, we recommend going ahead with the download. The QuickTime installer will alert you if you don't need to upgrade. If it asks you if you would like to delete the old version of QuickTime, say yes.


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