I have two instances of the Quicktime application running. I use two different video sources (Facetime camera and iPhone camera via USB), and I use "Movie recording" to record them. I also have Spotify running.

I want to initiate "Record" in both Quicktime apps as well as initiate the "Play" command on the Spotify app at the same time via one key press.

I have read this solution using Automator to create a Service with a shortcut here https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/334857/439929.

on run
    tell first document of application "QuickTime Player" to start
end run

I created a service for both QT apps and assigned the same keyboard shortcut to start both. I also assigned a shortcut to stop recording. When I tested, two problems occurred:

  1. Only the second instance of QT player will record, irrespective of which is in the foreground.
  2. When I stopped recording, a dialogue with “Finishing Recording” came up and would not disappear, even though the recording was finished. This doesn’t happen when stopping the recording by clicking the on screen stop button.

I then added Spotify using the same process, with the same keyboard combination. Spotify will only play when the QT apps are disabled in System Preferences.

I realise my approach is flawed, but I’m not sure if there is a way to achieve this. Any help would be appreciated!


  • 1
    Okay, while the synopsis of what you are doing is relevant, nonetheless there is too much missing information in your question! 1. What version of macOS are you running and on what model of Mac? 2. What type of Automator workflow and what are the settings and layout of it? 3. How are you instigating the two instances of QuickTime Player? 4. What is the rest of the AppleScript code you are using? Nov 16, 2021 at 15:58
  • Thanks for responding to my post, I appreciate it. Sorry for the lack of detail. 1. OS Mojave 10.14.6, MacBook Pro 2015 2.2Gz Core i7 2. I followed the instructions referenced above to create a Service (Quick Action). The Workflow receives “no input” in Any application. 3. I’m not sure what you mean by this - I made a copy of QT player. They can run simultaneously recording input from different devices. 4. This is the entire script (above) - also copied from the reference above. I hope this helps to clarify.
    – RexTheRunt
    Nov 17, 2021 at 8:07

1 Answer 1


It needs to be in one workflow, so there is no conflict. This is the script I used:

on run
    tell first document of application "Spotify" to play
    tell first document of application "QuickTime Player" to start
    tell first document of application "QuickTime Player 2" to start
end run

It appears that Spotify needs to be first, otherwise there is an error.

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