Play QuickTime Movies Full Screen Without QuickTime Pro on Older Mac OS X

Jan 30, 2007 - 22 Comments


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.

  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

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.

QuickTime Video in Mac OS X


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Calyx says:

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

  2. ttr bls says:

    how about for Lion?

  3. Ziyal says:

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

  4. Caprice says:

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to give something again and help others like you aided me.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. Nathan says:

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

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  9. David says:

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

  10. detto says:

    How about using the in-bound fullscreen option??

  11. My name is Larry says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. Mark says:

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

  14. Harry says:

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

  15. Adam says:

    I receive the same error as Alexander

  16. Alexander says:

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

  17. Cyrano says:

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

  18. 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.

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