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QuickTime Live Kicks Off

Show focuses on QuickTime's MPEG future By Dave Nagel
The QuickTime Live 2002 conference kicked off this week in Beverly Hills, Calif. At the show Apple is expected to discuss at length new technologies appearing in the next version of QuickTime, including a new MPEG core and Apple's move in general toward standards-based technologies. Whether the new version of QuickTime will be announced at the show or not has yet to be seen. The opening keynote happens Tuesday morning, with follow-up sessions (including four "Super Secret" sessions) to be held through Thursday. We'll be at the show to bring you updates as they happen.

Pre-conference workshops were held Sunday and continue through today, including sessions covering LiveStage Pro 3.0, Cleaner 5, Final Cut Pro and QuickTime VR, among others.

The main conference starts Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., with a keynote address by Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of product marketing. The topic of his keynote has not yet been announced. Later in the day, regular sessions begin, including a session entitled, "MPEG 4 & QuickTime: A Technical Update on Client technologies."

The move toward MPEG 4 as the core beneath QuickTime is a major shift in the technology that affects anybody involved in video production or Webcasting. We were the first to bring you the news of the impending switch from proprietary to open standards in QuickTime, and, of course, we'll keep you updated on any new developments coming out of the show. (If you'd like to read more about QuickTime and MPEG 4, you can view our interview with Frank Casanova, head of QuickTime product marketing at Apple, here.)

To take a look at the program grid for QuickTime Live, visit For more information on the conference, 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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