Sometimes building QuickTime Scripting Controls into your web pages can be tricky. The differences between Windows Media Player and the Quicktime Player are very significant. The first problem is that they have different scripting APIs. When you are a video profressional trying to post your work to the web this can be tasking.
The files are both XML formatted but with different tagging structures. I am going to cover the easier of the two – QTL. I will save the SMIL lecture for another post.
Quicktime media Link or QTL for short allows you to create a text link on a web page that opens a movie in QuickTime player. For this to work, your web server must be configured to associate the .qtl file extension with the correct MIME type. The MIME type can be handled by placing a .htaccess file into the movies directory. Type the following info into the .htaccess file:
AddType application/x-quicktimeplayer qtl
The XML within the .qtl file will look something like this:
Save this XML as “qtfullscreen.qtl” and into the same folder as your .htaccess file or vise versa. Now you can make a link from within a web page that calls your .qtl file. You now have a control to play your movie Fullscreen!!
Other important Commands for your XML file:
autoplay = “true” or “false”
controller=”true” or “false”
fullscreen=”normal” or “double” or “half” or “current” or “full”
loop=”true” or “false” or “palindrome”
playeveryframe=”true” or “false”
quitwhendone=”true” or “false”