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

Chris Varnon varnonzero at
Sat Oct 24 01:05:36 CEST 2009

Thanks, That works wonderfuly. Once I set quicktimes preferences to
"play on open" it opens and plays the movie exactly like I want.
But now I need a line of code to bring python to the front again so it
can read my input. Any more suggestions?

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 5:17 PM, Chris Rebert <clp2 at> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Chris
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