1 - Not a video format, but a file container. The container is an open standard that relies on often proprietary codecs to deliver audio and video. Released originally in 1991 for the Macintosh, the underlying container hasn't changed much from its original specifications. This is essential, however - for the backwards compatibility that the platform delivers is unmatched by any other multimedia platform, except for perhaps Xiph.org's Ogg container.

Quicktime is typically known for its proprietary codecs as of Quicktime 3.0 or later which have been used to deliver audio and video over the Internet. Not known for top-notch streaming quality, the platform since 1999 has more or less been used to deliver progressive-download movies. Such as those found on ign64.ign.com ; the archived IGN Nintendo 64 news website.

Critics would argue that the platform is bloated, although no spyware or malware is distributed. A stand-alone installer is available for those that do not want iTunes, although iTunes is dependent upon the platform. Most of the proprietary codecs have been reverse-engineered, allowing playback in such players as VLC. Recently, Apple has moved away from standards such as Sorenson Video and qDesign music to insist on somewhat of a truly compatible model ; as supposed by the heavily patented MPEG-4 standard.

Quicktime directly competed with Real Network's real audio / video standard, Microsoft Windows Media, and Xiph's Ogg multimedia platform.
1- Quicktime is a container, not a video type.
2 - Quicktime sucks! It's so bloated! Yeah, if you try playing back high-res AVC on a Northwood...
3 - Major media outlets use Quicktime to fight off the invasion of the rather sucky Windows Media Video format.
4 - Quicktime is nice, but Theora is more useful for video despite its aging video portion..
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a chav phrase meaning to hurry up.
Quick time! I wanna go home

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A video format from Apple with the shittiest and gayest SDK I have ever seen, and even worse documentation. Includes such revealing function names as MoviesTask(), and short, easy to type constant names as kQTMovieAudioExtractionPropertyID _AudioStreamBasicDescription. Actually has a constant called DoTheRightThing, and calls setting things up "preflighting". I can just picture Quicktime engineers sitting in their turtleneck sweaters thinking that using words like "preflight" somehow makes them cool. Having spent some time with the Quicktime APIs I think I can safely assume that general Mac development is just as retarded.
Dude, I have been trying to find what numerical value kQTAnnoyingLongAssConstantNames _IDontHaveTwentyFingersToTypeThisShit maps to in the Quicktime header files, but haven't had any luck so far.
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'Thug' for doing something fast or quick
"Yo man, let's get on this quicktimes."
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A slang variation on the word 'fast', although can also be used to replace 'hurry up' and 'come on'.
"Shit, the feds"
"Roll the zoot quicktime"

"Mate, stop be so fucking long"
"Quicktime!!"
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Quicktime is a cheat/uc-forum/unknowncheats user.

07:38 <@_XIII> hai Quicktime`
07:38 <%Quicktime`> ;p
07:38 <%Quicktime`> fago
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07:38 <%Quicktime`> ;p
07:38 <%Quicktime`> faggo
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A phrase used that replaces the word quick, or fast. Also can be used as "Doubletime, or Blacktime". These words have similar meanings.
"Pass the puck,...Quicktime, Quicktime!"
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