Python help: Sending a "play" command to quicktime, or playing a movie in python

Chris Rebert clp2 at
Sat Oct 24 00:17:40 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 3:07 PM, Varnon Varnon <varnonzero at> wrote:
> I'm sure this is a simple problem, or at least I hope it is, but I'm
> not an experience programer and the solution eludes me.
> My realm of study is the behavioral sciences. I want to write a
> program to help me record data from movie files.
> Currently I have a program that can record the time of a keystroke so
> that I can use that to obtain frequency, duration and other temporal
> characteristics of the behaviors in my movies.
> What I really want, is a way to start playing the movie. Right now I
> have to play the movie, then switch to my program. I would love it if
> it were possible for me to have my program send a message to quicktime
> that says "play." Or any other work around really. If python could
> play the movie, that would work just as well.
> I'm using a mac btw.
> Any suggestions?

import subprocess
subprocess.Popen(["open", "path/to/the/movie.file"])

Docs for the subprocess module:
For information on the Mac OS X "open" command, `man open` from Terminal.


More information about the Python-list mailing list