2.4 QuickTime vs. Windows Media

InqScribe lets you use Windows Media Player (WMP) instead of QuickTime for media playback on Windows computers.

Windows Media Player will always be used to playback content that QuickTime can't play, such as .wmv and .wma files. You can set Windows Media Player to be your preferred player in the Preferences dialog if you want to use it for other media formats as well.

Generally speaking, we recommend using QuickTime as your preferred media player, in part because InqScribe's support for WMP isn't as mature as its support for QuickTime, and in part because QuickTime offers better playback options for most media formats.

Here's a summary of the known differences between using QuickTime and WMP for playback in InqScribe.

  • QuickTime-only content (for example, .mov files) will always be handled by QuickTime.
  • Windows Media-only content (for example, .wmv and .wma files) will always be handled by WMP.
  • When WMP is used for non-Windows Media-only content (for example, .avi and .mp3 files) some remote control buttons will not be available. This is due to limitations in WMP, not InqScribe.
  • The Save Current Frame as JPEG... menu item is currently only available for QuickTime-managed content.
  • The Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie... menu item is only available for QuickTime-managed content.
  • The Display Tracks... menu item is only available for QuickTime-managed content.

Finally, a note for Mac OS users. If you want to play back Windows Media-only content in InqScribe on Mac OS, you need to get the (free) Flip4Mac WMV codec for QuickTime.