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QuickTime 7.6 to improve 5.1 audio, efficiency

updated 01:05 am EDT, Thu October 23, 2008

QuickTime 7.6 in the works

Apple allegedly has QuickTime 7.6 beta builds seeded to developers, which will allegedly offer Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and Windows users 5.1 audio, as well as several optimizations, AppleInsider reports. Developers are asked by Apple to stress the current build (A26) with multi-channel audio, taking note that audio plays back correctly with each channel. GPU acceleration is not expected to arrive in this update, a feature heavily used by Adobe's new Creative Suite 4 applications.

In addition to multi-channel audio, Apple indicated developers should also thoroughly test MPEG-1 processes, including encoding and playback, as well as the manipulation of Apple's prided AAC and Lossless audio formats.

AppleInsider observes that this build is one of last few updates to the platform, before unveiling QuickTime X. The new platform is said to be reworked from the ground up, designed for modern and future AV formats, and featuring refined efficiency.

by MacNN Staff



  1. efithian

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dolby Digital

    I hope this version will solve the kernel panics that occur with recorded tv shows that have dolby digital.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quicktime X

    Well, for sure, if Quicktime X is about to come out, there's no way anyone should waste their money now on Quicktime "Pro". Oh, wait, it sounds like only Snow Leopard users will get that benefit (oh, and Windows XP - 8 years old by then - and Vista, but Mac users with PPC computers or not willing to shell out more money for an OS upgrade will probably not be supported).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And its about time on the 5.1. But what about 7.1? THX?

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