Play QuickTime Movies Full Screen Without QuickTime Pro

Jan 30, 2007 - 22 Comments

If there’s one annoying thing about the QuickTime Player it is the lack of fullscreen movie support by default. Typically, if you want to play QuickTime movies at full screen you have to shell out $30 for QuickTime Pro, or use a third party application like VLC. Don’t pay the $30 and don’t download the extra software if you don’t need to though, and thanks to a very simple three-lined AppleScript that scales the movie to your screen size, you don’t have to. Very crafty!

This script is super easy, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the AppleScript Script Editor – spotlight for “Script Editor”
  2. Type the following exactly:
    • tell application “QuickTime Player”
    • present front movie scale screen
    • end tell
  3. Compile and Save As “Fullscreen”
  4. Launch your QuickTime movie, and Launch your Fullscreen Script
  5. It’s that easy.

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  1. Tony Ward says:

    Thanks for the tip! Here’s a further idea: creating a Finder plug-in in Automator using this script. I combined the Actions “Open Finder Items” (with QuickTime Player) with “Run AppleScript”. Could also work as a stand-alone app.

  2. Cyrano says:

    This script has been around for ages. You can find it in the usual places, as “QTamateur”…

  3. Alexander says:

    I get this error
    “expected expression, property or key form, etc. but found unknown token”

  4. Adam says:

    I receive the same error as Alexander

  5. Harry says:

    If you did a cut and paster of the code, just replace the “smart quotes” with quotes you typed from the keyboard.

  6. Mark says:

    Is there a way to take this fullscreen one step further and do the applescript with a sequence of movies?

  7. Ben says:

    How do you “launch” your fullscreen script? Do you click “run”? If I do that it gives me the message “Quicktime player got an error: can’t get document 1. invalid index
    I saved it to the documents folder, was that wrong?
    any help would be appreciated.

  8. My name is Larry says:

    Does this work for the QuickTime plug in or only the stand alone app?

  9. detto says:

    How about using the in-bound fullscreen option??

  10. David says:

    Did the steps but does nt work for me. I usually use flv player or WMP as alternatives.

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  12. Nathan says:

    I gave up trying to get this to work and just forked over the 30 bucks :(

  13. robmac says:

    is it possible to increment this into the firefox plug in? I want to see a live stream in full screen (do not work with vlc, cos need to log in at first)

  14. rich says:

    If I don’t know what a script editor is, should I just call it quits? for 3 simple steps, you guys sure did make several assumptions on common knowledge to get things going….WTF is a script editor? I searched it out and still didn’t get a straight response. Any chance in making this dummy proof? I mean, I can follow directions, I just don’t know even what a script is….help please.

  15. Caprice says:

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  16. Ziyal says:

    This worked like a charm. THANK YOU!!!!

  17. ttr bls says:

    how about for Lion?

  18. Calyx says:

    All I get when I press compile is A identifier can’t go after this identifier.

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