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July 10th, 2006 by Multimedia Mike

I have long desired to create better documentation for my favorite multimedia container format, Apple QuickTime. Now I am finally using the MultimediaWiki as a vehicle for that task. Up to now, the Apple QuickTime page has been a poorly organized mess of random notes I have jotted down over the years. However, tonight, I figured out how to use MediaWiki templates in order to create an alphabetical reference of all useful QuickTime atoms. Each atom links to the atoms that it can contain, and that contains it. Each still needs to be documented and there are undoubtedly a bunch more (useful) atoms missing. But I think this is a promising start.

Googling for “quicktime atom reference” currently turns up an atom reference @ Apple.com. It’s 404, though.

Posted in Open Source Multimedia | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. jsg Says:

    It appears to have moved to
    http://developer.apple.com/documentation/QuickTime/Reference/QTRef_AtomsResources/index.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40004285
    http://developer.apple.com/documentation/QuickTime/Reference/QTRef_AtomsResources/QTRef_AtomsResources.pdf

  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Thanks for the link. I knew it had to be there somewhere. I think we can still do better together. For example, I notice that ‘esds’ is absent from their reference as it’s part of the MPEG-4 spec. I think it should be in a complete atom reference.