Introduction to libquicktime

The libquicktime package contains the libquicktime library, various plugins and codecs, along with graphical and command line utilities used for encoding and decoding Quicktime files. This is useful for reading and writing files in the Quicktime format. The goal of the project is to enhance, while providing compatibility with, the Quicktime 4 Linux library.

Package Information

libquicktime Dependencies


pkg-config-0.20, libpng-1.2.12, libjpeg-6b, X Window System, GTK+-2.8.20, ALSA-1.0.13, libvorbis-1.1.2, LAME-3.96.1, libdv-0.104, FFmpeg from CVS, x264, FAAC and FAAD2 (a CVS version required to play all files)

User Notes:

Installation of libquicktime

Install libquicktime by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

If you have Doxygen-1.4.6 installed and wish to create the API documentation, issue: doxygen.

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/libquicktime-0.9.9/api &&
install -v -m644 README doc/{*.html,mainpage.incl} \

If you created the API documentation, install it by issuing the following command as the root user:

install -v -m644 doc/html/* /usr/share/doc/libquicktime-0.9.9/api

Command Explanations

--with-avcodec=<DIRECTORY NAME>: This option can be used to force libquicktime to use a specified version of FFmpeg to build the FFmpeg plugin module. Tip: build FFmpeg (don't use --enable-shared) and install it in a private directory. Then build libquicktime, substituting the private directory name for <DIRECTORY NAME>. You can now safely remove <DIRECTORY_NAME>, as the FFmpeg libavcodec library was statically linked into the libquicktime FFmpeg module.


Installed Programs: libquicktime_config, lqt-config, lqt_transcode, lqtplay, qtdechunk, qtdump, qtinfo, qtrechunk, qtstreamize and qtyuv4toyuv
Installed Libraries: and several plugin codec libraries
Installed Directories: /usr/include/lqt, /usr/lib/libquicktime and /usr/share/doc/libquicktime-0.9.9

Short Descriptions


is a graphical front end to examine and configure the available libquicktime audio and video codecs.


is a simple program used to query the libquicktime installation settings and plugin information.


is a command-line program used to encode video and/or audio files from one format to another.


is a simple Quicktime movie player for X11.


can take movies containing rgb frames and write them out as ppm images.


concatenates input frames into a Quicktime movie.


is used to write a YUV4 encoded movie as a planar YUV 4:2:0 file.

is a library for reading and writing Quicktime files. It provides convenient access to Quicktime files with a variety of supported codecs. The library contains new functions integrated with all the original Quicktime 4 Linux library functions used to encode and decode Quicktime files.

Last updated on 2007-01-18 13:38:19 -0600