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QuickTime 6 Goes into Public PreviewQuickTime Broadcaster also released
QuickTime 6 now incorporates MPEG-4 as a key technology for encoding and playback, as well as AAC audio, a format designed to deliver higher-quality audio than P3 with smaller file sizes. Apple also announced the public preview of QuickTime Broadcaster, which captures and encodes QuickTime content in MPEG-4 for live streaming over the Web.
QuickTime 6 includes Apple's new "Instant-On Streaming" feature, which is designed to eliminate buffer delays and to provide the ability to scrub through streaming media content to locate specific sections. QuickTime 6 running on Mac OS X also now supports JPEG 2000, a JPEG standard designed to produce higher-quality still images at smaller sizes than previous JPEG formats.
Other new features include:
- 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;
- An updated user interface.
New features in QuickTime Broadcaster include:
- Live encoding with real time preview;
- The ability to record and hint in real time to the computer's hard disk;
- Support for QuickTime codecs and MPEG-4 video and AAC audio;
- AppleScript support;
- Auto configuration of connections between Broadcaster and Server.
To download QuickTime 6 or the new Broadcaster, visit http://www.apple.com.
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