Apple Macintosh Software - QuickTime Developers Kit, Compact Disks, 1991.

QuickTime is software whose functions include the recording, editing and playback of sound and video. It can also be used to convert such media to and from formats.

QuickTime supports the incorporation of movies and audio into files created using applications such as Microsoft Word or in pages displayed by web browsers.

A person from Melbourne who tested QuickTime in 1991 prior to its release, described it as 'an astounding technological breakthrough'. He became excited about QuickTime's animation and sound capabilities, its ability to compress video files, and its use of a virtual reality panoramic photo format. The video editing software of the time required the total resources of a dedicated computer and thus was not transportable. Additionally it was very expensive; only large institutions could afford such software. QuickTime was cheap and stored on a single CD. He was thus able to use QuickTime at home and share in the raising of a family. He says that it still took many years before video was able to become full screen and 25 frames per second.

In launching a video production business in 1992, the donor purchased a QuickTime Developers Kit as well as the following items: Quadra 900 with 2 monitors, and CD ROM reader with SCSI cable, Videospigot for converting analog video into digital, and Adobe Premiere 1 for video editing. The donor used QuickTime in the production of movies. He also wrote an article on QuickTime for The Age newspaper.

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QuickTime Developers Kit v.1 (1991): Manual + 2 compact disks

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