Apple stuffs plenty of useful apps into OS X. From Mail to Calendar, from Safari to Photos, from iTunes to iMovie and everything else in-between, Apple makes sure Mac users have a good experience right out of the box (so to speak).
So one has to wonder why a Mac app developer would design, develop, and publish an app that does what one of Apple’s built-in apps already does, right? QuickTime movie player is a good example, yet Mac users can choose from a variety of very good movie players which mimic QuickTime, and even exceed the basic features.
That’s the case with Quickfire, a free video playback app for the Mac aimed at artists, professionals, and videography wannabes who want more controls than QuickTime Player, but different controls than iMovie.
Behold, the Quickfire user interface. This is not your father’s video player.
Quickfire is adept at creating video playlists, adjust colors on a video clip, even drawing on top of a video (think of it as video annotation). Notes can be added anywhere, the playback rate can be adjusted faster to slower, and much more.
The drawing tools let you draw on top of individual video frames, perfect for adding notes, marking up a video clip, and the drawing lines themselves come with controls for brush, color, line width, and opacity. The drawings can be view in real time or hidden during playback.
Video clips can be masked to any one of a number of standard ratios (1.66, 1.77, 1.85, 2.0, 2.35, 2.39 and 2.40). There’s a built-in variable mask opacity tool, a frame counter overlay (plus timecode overlay and filename overlay). Audio tracks can be removed or exported. And it’s easy to capture still images of a movie.
There just isn’t much to not like about Quickfire. It does far more than QuickTime, and the feature set isn’t what you’d find in iMovie. And it’s free.