So over the weekend, I tried the "tvtonic" program (www.tvtonic.com
) and it
seems to work well. I chose it because it seems like a program that has
backing and will update itself when new versions of Quicktime come out.
The downsides are (a) it seems to run as a service and downloads video RSS
feeds (so it may take up some system resources), and (b) when you launch the
Vista Media Center it shows a one frame preview of the Quicktime movies, but
the one frame is upside down. The movies do not play upside down, however.
The bonus is that the .mov files also show up in the photos center as well,
and I didn't expect that.
We'll see how this goes. If the program is a drain on system resources, I
may delete it in favor of something else, but so far so good.
The quicktime alternative seems to have licensing or other legal issues, and
although that may just be FUD spun by the Apple Lawyers (there are apparently
a lot of them) I didn't want to go on an abandonware route.