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Channel Storm Releases Live Channel 1.1

Suite offers real-time broadcasting features By Dave Nagel
Channel Storm has released Live Channel 1.1, a real-time production suite for Webcasting for the Macintosh. Live Channel is designed to emulate a full broadcast production suite in a software-only environment, including multiple camera shots, audio, titles, overlays and special effects, all integrated into a single workspace that provides real-time switching capabilities.

As you can see from the image above, Live Channel includes a number of elements for facilitating a live broadcast. The window to the left is the Media Browser, which holds video and audio clips to be used in the presentation. In the next column, you see two video clip windows, an audio clip window and an overlay window. The next column is for live feeds (two video, one audio and a title generator). And the final column shows the Broadcast Window, the Switcher and the information window.

Live Channel has an integrated streaming server, so it doesn't need an external server to broadcast. It can multicast over local networks such as intranets and extranets or broadcast over the Internet. Live Channel broadcasts in QuickTime Streaming format.


Live Channel 1.1 also includes Live Presenter, a new module for synchronizing rich media with a live broadcast. It supports elements like PowerPoint slides, images, animations, text and interactive elements, such as forms, chat rooms and hyperlinks.

Live Channel supports Macintosh G3 machines running Mac OS 9.0.4 through 9.2. It requires 64 MB RAM, QuickTime 4.1.2 or newer (including QuickTime 5) and an ATI Rage graphics card. A free version of Live Channel is available from the company's Web site. (The free version supports only five simultaneous viewers.) Pricing information for the full version was not available at press time. For more information or to download the demo, visit http://www.channelstorm.com.

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