QUICKTIME LIVE!, LOS ANGELES October 10, 2000 At the second-annual QuickTime Live! conference today, Apple released public previews of QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3, the next generations of Apple's industry-leading software for creating, streaming and playing high-quality audio and video over the Internet.
QuickTime 5's many new innovations include an updated media player with a new QuickTime TV (QTV) network channel display and new audio controls; a new component downloader for adding plug-ins on the fly; and support for new web codecs including Macromedia Flash 4, Cubic VR and Shoutcast.
QuickTime 5, in combination with the new open-source QuickTime Streaming Server 3, offers Skip Protection, a collection of Apple-invented technologies that ensures a higher quality experience for watching and listening to Internet streams. Skip Protection protects against media skipping, or dropping frames, caused by the unpredictability of Internet transmissions.
QuickTime is the standard for Internet audio and video and is being used to deliver the latest in Internet content to millions of surfers around the world, said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. The new technologies in QuickTime 5 enable a new generation of web-based audio and video solutions delivered with greater reliability than ever before.
In addition to the updated media player, the new in-place component downloader and Skip Protection, QuickTime 5 also features: EUR a new Hot Picks guide highlighting cool, new QuickTime TV content; EUR support for Sorenson Video 3*; EUR easy developer support for delivering new user interfaces, or skins*; EUR an improved digital video codec for improved iMovie playback performance; and EUR real-time professional video editing support for professional applications such as Apples Final Cut Pro.
Leading web developers whose technologies take advantage of the new component download feature include: EUR DDD, which takes existing video and encodes it in 3-D for viewing with 3-D glasses; EUR Pulse 3D, which provides playback of low-bandwidth 3D interactive animations; EUR BeHere, which delivers 360-degree streaming and on-demand video; EUR Sealed Media, which allows content developers to seal their media and set up digital rights management (DRM) solutions for streaming live or on-demand content; EUR On2, which provides high-quality broadband video, encoding and playback; and EUR iPIX, which makes virtual reality software that provides dynamic imaging solutions for creating 360-degree spherical images and movies.
The public previews of QuickTime 5 for the Macintosh and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 are available immediately for download from www.apple.com/quicktime. The public preview of QuickTime 5 for Windows will be available by the end of the year. QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 will be available in early 2001.