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QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Computer, capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and several types of interactive panoramic images.

The QuickTime technology has three major components:

  • 1) a media player, known as QuickTime Player, which Apple makes available for free download on its website and bundles with each of its computers;
  • 2) the QuickTime file format openly documented and available for anyone to use royalty-free;
  • 3) software development kits available for the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

These kits allow people to develop their own software to manipulate QuickTime and other media files.

These are not free.