updated 08:35 am EDT, Tue June 4, 2002
Apple today released public previews of QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster, its application that captures and encodes QuickTime content in MPEG-4 for live streaming over the web. QuickTime 6 includes the new Instant-On Streaming (eliminating traditional buffer delays) provides users with the ability to quickly and easily scrub through streaming media content, supports JPEG 2000 under OS X (next generation compression), and Advanced Audio Coding ( professional-quality audio--"better than MP3 and better than Windows Media Player"). A standalone installer for QuickTime 6 is also available.
QuickTime 6 also includes a new ISO-compliant video codec for encoding and decoding MPEG-4 video content; adherence to the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) 1.0 specification; DVC Pro (PAL) support; and an updated user interface for easier access to QuickTime content.
QuickTime Broadcaster features live encoding with real time preview; the ability to record and hint in real time to the computer's hard disk for quick video-on-demand posting; support for QuickTime codecs as well as MPEG-4 video and AAC audio; AppleScript support; and reliable communication via TCP between Broadcaster and Server as wella s auto configuration of connections between Broadcaster and Server.
Both software previews expire in October 2002.