You can then open Internet Explorer or Firefox and videos should (hopefully) play with the VLC plug-in, which impersonates Quick Time.This won’t always work, as the VLC plug-in isn’t perfect.If you don’t see Quick Time in the list here, you don’t have Quick Time installed. But what if you still have some old Quick Time files you need to play? However, these are simply “containers” that contain video and audio tracks encoded with other codecs.No problem, it’s actually easy to play Quick Time movies on Windows Quick Time. Quick Time has supported a wide variety of codecs over its history, and more modern files are likely just H.264 MPEG-4 (MP4) files with a different container wrapped around them.They’re even still offering it for download on their website with no warning! Apple’s Quick Time for Mac is still supported with security updates. Quick Time for Windows is vulnerable to two security attacks that would allow an attacker to run code on your computer if you visited a web page or played a downloaded file.It’s particularly exploitable thanks to its browser plug-in.Firefox still includes support for NPAPI plug-ins like this, but will be removing it at the end of 2016.Internet Explorer will continue supporting old Active X plug-ins, but Microsoft Edge doesn’t.
Google Chrome no longer does supports these old plug-ins, but Chrome users shouldn’t get too complacent.These files are becoming less common in favor of .mp4 files, which are more cross-platform. It’s a media player swiss army knife that will play practically anything you throw at it, and we’ve always had success when using VLC to play Quick Time movies.So, just download and install VLC to play Quick Time videos and practically any other type of media file.Install VLC and ensure you select the “Active X plugin” (for Internet Explorer) and/or “Mozilla plugin” (for Mozilla Firefox) options at install time.If you’ve already installed VLC, you can re-run the installer and ensure you select this option.You’re better off downloading the video file and watching if in the VLC desktop application, if that’s an option. i Tunes once required Quick Time for video playback…but it doesn’t anymore. While Apple is battling the US government over the security of its i Phones, Apple can’t even be bothered to inform users of Quick Time for Windows–and Safari for Windows before it–that they’re using old, out-of-date software that won’t receive security updates.