Hinting a Quicktime movie for real-time streaming

To set up a movie for streaming over the Internet, compress the movie so that its data rate is appropriate for the bandwidth at which your users will connect. You can use the hinted streaming format with QuickTime Streaming Server or Darwin Streaming Server. The hint tracks, which are stored in the movie along with the video, audio, and other tracks, provide QuickTime Streaming Server software with information about the server, the transmission packet size, and the protocol to be used–in short, how to send the movie data over the network.

When you choose hinted streaming, “hint tracks” (information needed to stream the movie) are added to the movie. If the movie is already in the desired format, you can prepare a movie for streaming by opening the movie in QuickTime Player and choosing Export from the File menu, then Movie to Hinted Movie. If you want to change the movie’s format, follow the steps below.

Converting a movie for real-time streaming

  1. Open your movie in QuickTime Player.
  2. From the File menu, choose Export.
  3. From the Export pop-up menu, choose Movie to QuickTime Movie.
  4. Choose a streaming option from the Use pop-up menu.
  5. Click Options and select the “Prepare for Internet Streaming” checkbox.
  6. Choose Hinted Streaming from the pop-up menu and click OK.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Upload your video to your account
  9. Link to your video through QTSS via the 554 port using the instructions sent to your account


If you want to stream a QuickTime movie using QuickTime Streaming Server, you should use a web-optimized video or audio compressor to compress the movie file. All QuickTime compressors are compatible with QuickTime Streaming Server, but the compressors listed below are optimized to give the best results for delivery over the Internet.

For a complete list of QuickTime-supported compressors, see the Products area on the QuickTime website.

Video compressors
H.264, MPEG-4, Sorenson Video (any version), H.263, H.261

Audio compressors
AAC, QUALCOMM PureVoice, AMR, QDesign