How to disable QuickTime movies opening webpages

Some QuickTime movies contain embedded "HREF tracks" that will open a webpage in a browser window during the movie (or at the beginning or end). This is highly annoying, not to mention a possible security risk. I looked far and wide, but I couldn't find a way to stop QuickTime from opening website links embedded in movies it plays.

The fix is to set movies to open in the excellent VLC media player instead of in Quicktime. VLC will play the movie properly, but ignore any links inside of it. On a Mac you can do this by doing "Get Info" on a movie file and changing the "Open With" selection box to be VLC. Then click the "Change All..." button below it.

Posted by dustin on April 26, 2007 with category tags of

5 comments
VLC is the best media player out there. It's Free and Open Source, it plays almost all media types out of the box (with the exception of Real Media formats), it works cross platform, and most importantly it just works. One of the first things I do on a windows intall is make sure that VLC is up and running.

I also find that VLC uses much less system overhead than Windows Media Player. I often find that videos that are choppy in WMP, look great in VLC. Because it's FOSS it's not constantly trying to get you to go it's website to upgrade, that's a big plus in my books.
   comment by KingCasey (#194) on April 26, 2007

Another big vote for VLC from me as well. It's used as our reference player at work, too.
   comment by vinny on April 26, 2007

Or, you could just stop downloading porn movies from limewire
   comment by Larry nice on April 25, 2008

I prefer my solution.
   comment by dustin (#1) on April 25, 2008

Seriously, there's no way to stop Quicktime from opening web pages? This is a Microsoft-type fuckup that I'm surprised to see in a primarily Mac program. I'm amazed there's no way to disable it :-(
   comment by Dave on October 22, 2008

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