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Live Channel Gets Update

OS X version in the works By Dave Nagel
When I reviewed Live Channel from Channel Storm a little while back, I noted that two things were holding it back from a Must Buy recommendation: expanded support for graphics cards beyond ATI Rage and support for OS X. In its latest release, version 1.3, the graphics card problem was solved. In addition, the company says it's now working toward an OS X version.

Live Channel is a live Webcasting suite only for the Macintosh. It operates in a way similar to a broadcast studio, but all in software and all in real-time. It accepts video and audio clips, live audio and video feeds, graphics and titles all at once and handles compositing and transitions all in real time and all in software. It's also a streaming server.

In addition to bringing support for all major graphics cards on the Mac, version 1.3 also increases the maximum frame rate up to 30 FPS. Channel Storm also showed off a Mac OS X version of the suite at the Macworld Expo last week.

Live Channel is available in two configurations: a Pro version and a Lite version. The Lite version includes all of the capabilities of the Pro version but has fewer options for streaming and does not support recording to disk while broadcasting. It sells for $199. the Pro version supports three streaming formats for larger or smaller audiences and also supports recording a presentation to disk while it's being broadcast. It sells for $999. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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