El Capitan - quicktime player does not launch

I have a new Macbook Pro with El Capitan. It has very little software installed on it and I did not fundamental changes. I see the QuickTime Player icon in the Applications, but when I select it, it is to open a new search folder. The application does not start. Google and supportive research show no response to this and I can't download or install QT on the web site, as it is said that it is built in. Ideas?

Hi loadtester,.

Sorry for the confusion about QuickTime.  Yes, you are right that a Finder window appears.  If you had a file that you have wanted to play using QuickTime, select you in the Finder window and choose open.   If this is not the case, click done, and then head up to the menu bar in the upper left corner of your screen and next to the word QuickTime, you will see the file.  Choose file, and then click the option you want (new movie recording, etc.).  But before do you, click the help command on the menu bar, to learn how to use QuickTime Player.   The resources below will outline as well:

How to use QuickTime Player

Use QuickTime Player (version 10) to play, record, edit and share video and audio files on your Mac.


Use the playback controls to play, pause, rewind, fast forward, adjust the volume and take other actions. Controls appear when you move your pointer over the QuickTime Player window, and they hide when you move your pointer away.

To quickly move forward or backward through the timeline, swipe with two fingers on your trackpad, highlight with your mouse, or drag the handle in the timeline panel. You can also, repeatedly click on fast forward or rewind to increase the speed of reading in increments.

To view a video in full screen, click on the button fullscreen or choose View > enter full screen mode. Beginning with OS X El Capitan, you can also use the screen display shared and videos to Apple TV from QuickTime Player.


QuickTime Player can record a movie from your camera or record the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It can also record audio , microphone or recording of the screen of your Mac.

Record a movie

Video recording works with your built-in camera and many external cameras. If you use OS X Yosemite or later, you can also record the screen of any device iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with a port of Lightning) and the iOS 8 or a later version.

  1. Choose file > new movie recording.
  2. To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the record button. Then choose your camera or device iOS, a microphone and recording quality.

  3. To monitor the audio while it is registered, use the volume slider.
  4. Click on the record button to start recording. Click to stop recording.

Record audio only

Audio works with your built-in microphone, external microphone or other audio device compatible Core Audio.

  1. Choose file > new Audio recording.
  2. To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the record button. Then choose the quality of your microphone and recording.
  3. To monitor the audio while it is registered, use the volume slider.
  4. Click on the record button to start recording. Click to stop recording.

Save your screen

Registration form creates a film of all or part of your Mac screen. To save the screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, use the video recording function .

  1. Choose file > new registration screen.
  2. To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the record button. If you do not want record a voice or other audio, choose None as your microphone. If you want to display a black circle for each click on the screen, choose display mouse clicks in the record.
  3. To monitor the audio while it is registered, use the volume slider.
  4. To start recording, click the Record button , and then click anywhere on the screen to start recording of the entire screen. Or drag to select an area to save, and then click the Start Recording button in this area.
  5. To stop recording, click the Stop button in the menu bar, or press command-control-Esc (Escape).


QuickTime Player offers several options for editing your film, including cut, divide, cut/copy/paste/deleteand flip/rotation.


Use the TRIM function to remove the unwanted your movie parts.

  1. Choose Edition > cut. Yellow bar appears, with handles at each end.

  2. Drag the handles to select the part to keep. You can also follow these actions:
    • Click the Play button to play the selected part.
    • Move quickly in the article selected by dragging two fingers on your trackpad, scroll with your mouse, or dragging the cutter bar.
    • Choose View > show Audio track to identify quiet sections of the film.
  3. Click on cut. All the video and audio outside cutter bar are removed. To cancel the trim, choose Edition > cancel Trim.


Use the split function to split your movie into several sections that can be manipulated further.

  1. To the point in the script where you want to split, and then choose the command Edition > Clip from Split.

  • From there, you can take several actions:
    • Drag an item before or after another clip.
    • Move a clip by hitting to swipe with two fingers on your trackpad or scrolling with the mouse. At any point in the timeline panel, you can choose edition > Split Clip split clip selected.
    • Choose View > Trim to cut the clip selected.
    • Choose View > show Audio track to identify quiet sections of the clip.
    • Select an item and choose other editing in the Edit menu commands, such as cut, copy, paste, and delete.
    • Click the play button to play all clips.
  • Click done. To review your clips, choose View > show Clips. To cancel your splits, choose Edition > cancel Split Clip.
  • Cut, copy, paste, delete

    Use cut them, copy, paste them, and remove commands from the Edit menu, when you change to split clips. If you paste an element into another film, you don't have to be changes to clips in this movie: just go to any point in the timeline of the other movie, then paste the clip.

    To quickly join films together end-to-end, open the first film, choose the command Edition > Add Clip at the end, and then select the other movie in the file dialog box.

    Flip, turn

    Use the flip and rotate commands in the Edit menu when you watch a movie or a change in split clips. These commands turn or rotate the whole movie or clip.


    After recording your movie, you can share it by email, Messages, AirDrop, YouTube and other methods:

    • Open the file in QuickTime Player and choose file > share.
    • Or open the file in QuickTime Player and then click on share in the playback controls.
    • Or Ctrl-click the file in the Finder, and then choose sharing from the context menu.

    To learn more

    For more information, open QuickTime Player and choose Help > QuickTime Player Help.

    Last modified: October 19, 2015

    Have a great day!

    Tags: Mac OS & System Software

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