Recently, I started having problems viewing certain HD QuickTime links. Before, I could click on the link to the HD trailer (480, 720, or 1080) and the QuickTime window would open and the trailer would start to load. Somewhere along the line, that changed. I’m not sure if developers are linking the content differently or if Firefox or QuickTime changed their loading structure, but .qtl links were not working in Firefox (or IE for that matter).

When clicked, the link would present the SAVE or OPEN dialog. Selecting open would open a small QuickTime window, with no content. Saving the file and then opening it produced the same results. After watching one or two non-HD trailers, I had to find a solution and here it is.

If you are presented with a SAVE/OPEN dialog box when clicking a .qtl QuickTime HD link, simply save the .qtl and change the extension to .TXT. Open the resulting text file and you should see the direct link to the HD trailer. Open up QuickTime. Select File -> Open URL (CTRL + U) and paste in the URL and you’re ready to go. Welcome back HD QuickTime goodness.

For instance, the following link:

Links to this, when saved: