What’s the number one way to watch videos on your Mac. If you answered YouTube, you’re probably correct. Netflix would be second on my highly scientific survey of the folks who take up residence near my mobile cubicle during daylight hours.
QuickTime Player is the Mac’s default video player but for many of us it simply sits there and gathers digital dust. Yes, QTP plays just about all the movie formats worth caring about. So, why would someone create another Mac video player? Why do men climb mountains? And what about Kim Kardashian?
The Player’s Player
With apologies to Kanye West (remember, Kanye is the new way to say ‘Kenny’), there are new mountains to climb among video players that go beyond YouTube, beyond Netflix, beyond iMovie and QuickTime Player. This one is called Quickfire. It’s a video player. It’s free. It plays video clips, but it also has a few features you won’t find anywhere else.
Quickfire supports video playlists, yes, but name another popular video player than has built-in color correction and an option to draw on each video frame. That’s right, boys and girls, guys and gals, Quickfire lets you create video bookmarks, add typed notes, count frames, flip and flop, and draw onto each frame of a movie clip.
That feature alone is worth the price of admission. Wait. What? Oh. Quickfire is free.
Checkout the playlists and video thumbnails.
All the standard video playback accoutrements are in Quickfire, including playback controls, playlists, and options to export files.
But a number of Mac apps can handle playlists and video thumbnails and organize videos, but which Mac video player can draw right on the video clip like this?
This is oh so cool.
Quickfire comes with options to erase drawings, play drawings back in real time, adjust the stroke duration, change the drawing brush size, bookmark video frames, view timecode, frame counter, and even zoom in while playing a video clip. It’s also a good utility to take video frame snapshots (which even iMovie can’t do easily).
Just when you think the whole world is going mad (it is; we’re just pausing to catch a breath before the next round of craziness begins), someone comes along and does something nice and makes it free. Kudos.
Wait. There’s more!
The question that I have to ask is, “Why is this Mac app free?”
It probably has to do with competition. iMovie is free. QuickTime Player is free. VLC and other video utilities are free. It’s touch to compete with free unless you have features the free apps don’t have, and QuickFire does, but it’s still free. Much to like here, and little to not like.