Quicktime Player 50 secs delay on first film

Hi all,
I have the following problem (tested with Windows XP/Vista/7 - all show the same behaviour, all have the free edition of Quick Time Player, latest download) on several computers. Background: I use a self written program (Delphi) to start QuicktimePlayer.exe (using a shellexecute call). I pass the filename of a film as the (only) command line parameter. Quicktime starts (according to the OS task list), but does not yet display any window, sits there for 50 seconds without doing anything, I noted neither network activity (used Wireshark to sniff for suspicious packets and found none), no CPU or memory utilizytion, no HD traffic, nohting. Is simply sitting there and does nothing. Then, after approx. 50 seconds, QuickTimePlayer suddenly awakens and plays the film as desired.
Any film I play subsequently starts immedately. If I close and re-open my application, however, I get this delay when I start the first film.
Anyone who has an idea what might be causing this odd behaviour?
Thsnks,
Armin.
Message was edited by: Nimral

It looks like I may have found the solution.
I started by checking my task list with Process Explorer from www.sysinternals.com. QuickTimePlayer.exe was parked there, so I killed it.
Then when I clicked on a trailer link, a new instance of QT appeared in the process list, and QT's window appeared as expected. The trailer played, and when it was finished I closed QT.
However, QuickTimePlayer.exe remained in the task list, and no more trailers would play. I killed the task again, and then clicked on a trailer to bring QT up again. This time I went to Edit / Preferences / QuickTime Preferences. On the Streaming tab I turned OFF Instant On.
Now when I exit QT, the player task closes, and a fresh one appears when I play another movie. This is exactly what I want it to do.

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    this is probably about dumbing down desk top OS to that pf iPhones and iPads. This is not what I paid good money to own a Mac Book Pro for....
    Today I rolled all the back to Snow Leopard. Really good move...... All those new features hey? I lost the ability to work in spaces and of course the whole Quicktime debacle.
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    Unsure if you are just venting or if there is supposed to be a question here. Basically, I assumed this to be Apple's idea of an improvement. That is, I really believe the ProRes 422 codec is a better intermediate codec than the AIC codec but most of my old HDV camcorder family tapes were imported by iMovie (for compatibility with my wife's non-FCP computer configuration) and, like your content, is/remains stored as AIC/PCM MOV files. At first I thought this might be a generalized change affecting all QT X based apps but when I went to check the latest iMovie v10.0 update, became confused when I noted that AIC source files were not automatically updated to ProRes 422 and continue to play natively in the iMovie source media viewer.
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  • QuickTime Player

    Hi. I've upgraded to Snow Leopard and I thought one of the built in features was a new version of QuickTime that meant we no longer had to buy the "Pro" version. I have QuickTime Player as part of Snow Leopard and I'm trying to transfer movies to my iPod touch. The option to save in different file formats is grayed out. I was surprised by this and can't figure out now how to save files.
    I've asked Apple tech support and have gotten conflicting answers. One said to use QuickTime X (which is not part of Snow Leopard that I can tell), another said purchase QuickTime Pro. However, the QuickTime Pro page says that I need to have QuickTime (I guess the none Player version) before installing QuickTime Pro.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Scott

    I thought one of the built in features was a new version of QuickTime that meant we no longer had to buy the "Pro" version.
    Some features that were considered "Pro" are part of QuickTime X Player, but not all.
    I have QuickTime Player as part of Snow Leopard and I'm trying to transfer movies to my iPod touch. The option to save in different file formats is grayed out. I was surprised by this and can't figure out now how to save files.
    What format is the movie you're attempting to convert?
    One said to use QuickTime X (which is not part of Snow Leopard that I can tell)
    QuickTime X is most definitely part of Snow Leopard.
    another said purchase QuickTime Pro. However, the QuickTime Pro page says that I need to have QuickTime (I guess the none Player version) before installing QuickTime Pro.
    You can register a Pro key in QuickTime 7 Player which is probably in your Utilities folder. The Pro features of QuickTime 7 Player give you more options than the features included in QuickTime X Player. If QT 7 Player is not in the Utilities folder, you can install it via the Optional Installs on the Snow Leopard installation disk. Run QuickTime 7 Player first before you purchase a key; I've seen anecdotal information that says that the Pro features are already enabled, though I haven't been able to confirm that .

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