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Quicktime for Linux hides the structure of a Quicktime movie and gives the programmer a set of audio and video streams with some compression ability. The audio tracks are presented as sequential streams of PCM audio data and video tracks are a sequential streams of frames.
Before you quit your day job and write up your dream program on this be aware of some limitations. Quicktime for Linux is slowly increasing in functionality but is always going to be better at uncompressed streams than anything else.
This library doesn't give you the official Quicktime API. That was way too complicated and covered more than we needed. Instead it uses a proprietary C interface.
The library doesn't include any commercial codecs or compressed header support. Compressed header support may come in a later version.
There is growing support for McRosoft AVI. This format is lousy at uncompressed streams and not consistent so the AVI support is mainly for karma.
What you can do is create and read any Quicktime movie using certain compression formats. You can still access raw data if you want to write your own compression routines.
Quicktime for Linux doesn't use plugins to achieve functionality. The library is always updated more frequently than the codecs. Plugins are more convenient when the library is only available on hard media or requires upgrade licenses for every download, which it doesn't.
Step 1: Building the library
Opening a file
Reading a file
Reading raw video
Reading raw audio
Positioning in a file
Writing a file
Encoding VideoInformation about specific codecs
Writing raw video
Writing raw audio
Integrated DV support
Using the utilities