Play QuickTime Movies Full Screen Without QuickTime Pro on Older Mac OS X
If there’s one annoying thing about the QuickTime Player on earlier versions of Mac OS X it is the lack of fullscreen movie support by default. Fortunately modern versions solve that problem, but if a Mac is running a prior version of OS X and has an older version of QuickTime Player, what should you do?
Typically, if you want to play QuickTime movies at full screen you have to shell out $30 for QuickTime Pro for those older versions of Mac OS X pre Leopard, 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!
Be sure your version of QuickTime Player doesn’t support full screen mode, if it does you’ll find it available under the “View” menu with the “Enter Full Screen” option to play the video or movie… modern versions of OS X all have full screen native in QuickTime Player.
OK, so you have an old version of Mac OS X without full screen native support, no problem. This script is super easy, follow these steps to play full screen QuickTime movies in QuickTime Player on old versions of Mac OS X.
- Launch the AppleScript Script Editor – spotlight for “Script Editor”
- Type the following exactly:
- tell application “QuickTime Player”
- present front movie scale screen
- end tell
- Compile and Save As “Fullscreen”
- Launch your QuickTime movie, and Launch your Fullscreen Script
It’s that easy. QuickTime will play the video in full screen, despite not being QuickTime Pro.
Of course, modern versions of QuickTime do not need to do this, they can enter Full Screen Mode directly and without the need of a script, and there is no need for plopping down $30 for anything because QuickTime Pro is no longer in new verisons of OS X, but for the older Macs, this trick works just fine.