Pro Tools Reference Guide
QuickTime Movies Support in
Pro Tools supports the import, playback, and
editing of QuickTime movies.
Quicktime must be installed if you plan to in-
clude movie files, or import MP3 or MP4 (AAC)
files in your Pro Tools sessions. QuickTime for
Windows is available as a free download from
the Apple website (www.apple.com).
QuickTime Movie Playback
High Quality QuickTime Image
When the High Quality QuickTime Image (DV25
Only) option is enabled in the Operation Prefer-
ences page, Pro Tools decompresses both fields
of each interlaced frame of QuickTime video.
When viewing a QuickTime movie in the
Pro Tools Video window, select this option to
display the movie at the highest possible resolu-
tion. For interlaced video that was transcoded
from a progressive source, enabling option pro-
vides a crisper image in the Pro Tools Video win-
dow. For true interlaced video, enabling this op-
tion provides a smoother and clearer image
when viewing the video on a client monitor.
Deselecting this option can help improve per-
formance if your system experiences problems
playing back a session with QuickTime video
(such as comb-like interlacing artifacts or flick-
ering video when monitoring using an Avid
Supported QuickTime Movies
When working with someone who is preparing
QuickTime movies for use with Pro Tools, en-
sure that you communicate the following:
Consolidated and Referenced Media QuickTime
DV movies can be either complete (consoli-
dated) Quicktime files (where media is copied
into a Quicktime file) or Quicktime reference
files (where just a small composition is in the
Quicktime file which references the original DV
Codec Requirements When exporting from
Avid, always use the Apple DV codec. Do not en-
able “Use Avid Codec” in the export dialog. If an
Avid-codec DV movie is imported into
Pro Tools, you cannot play it unless you have in-
stalled an Avid video peripheral.
DV Stream Movies Pro Tools does not support
audio from a DV Stream file. DV Stream files
contain the entire data stream that has been
transferred or recorded over the FireWire cable
from a camera. In this type of file, the audio and
video data are stored in an interleaved fashion,
as opposed to a QuickTime file where audio and
video are stored separately.
Limitations for Applying Pull-Ups
to QuickTime Movies in Sessions
Containing Avid Video
Applying a pull-up to QuickTime movies is dis-
allowed if you also have Avid video in that ses-
sion. You can only use video pull-up for sessions
that do not contain Avid video.
For information on which version of Quick-
Time is compatible with your version of
Pro Tools, visit www.avid.com.
See also “Exporting QuickTime DV from
Avid” on page 1165.