At first glance, Quicktime seems very basic. But I’m continually amazed at what neat little tricks it keeps tucked away. I just stumbled upon one such trick today when I was looking for an easy way to overlay text on a video (see previous post).

The overlay isn’t fancy, and I can’t find any way to customize the font or size or anything else – but if you want to avoid expensive programs and steep learning curves, just follow these 5 easy steps:

FYI… I’m pretty sure you need Quicktime Pro for this to work

1) In TextEdit, type the text you want to overlay and save as .txt file.
2) In QuickTime Player, choose File > Open File and then select the text file.
2) Choose Edit > Select All and then choose Edit > Copy.
3) Select the part of the movie you want to overlay with text.
4) Choose Edit > “Add to Selection and Scale.

See text overlay in top left:
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When using Screen Sharing or Remote Desktop to control another Mac on my local network, my biggest complain has always been the inability to use several important keyboard shortcuts. Things I frequently rely on, like toggling dock visibility, opening spotlight, and force-quitting applications, don’t work. Although all those functions can be accessed through other means, Application Switcher (which I use practically every minute) can only be accessed with Command+Tab.

The secret to getting full keyboard support is by running Teleport in conjunction with Screen Sharing. Teleport gives you the ability to use one keyboard and mouse to control other computers on your network.

With Teleport installed and setup, open Screen Sharing and connect to another computer on your network. Now move your mouse to the appropriate side of your display (while holding the appropriate modifier key) and “teleport” to the “screen shared” computer.

You now have full keyboard support; including use of your Function keys (for things like Expose, Dashboard, and ejecting), Command+Tab, and even Zooming (Control+2-finger-scrolling-on-trackpad)!

Watch this video for the full story:


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