Apple Releases QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Public Previews
Open, Industry Standard Streaming Technologies Feature New Web “Skip
Protection” and Updated User Interfaces
QUICKTIME LIVE!, LOS ANGELES-October 10, 2000-At the second-annual
QuickTime Live! conference today, Apple released public previews of
QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3, the next generations of
Apple’s industry-leading software for creating, streaming and playing
high-quality audio and video over the Internet.
QuickTime 5’s many new innovations include an updated media player with a
new QuickTime TV (QTV) network channel display and new audio controls; a
new component downloader for adding plug-ins on the fly; and support for
new web codecs including Macromedia Flash 4, Cubic VR and Shoutcast.
QuickTime 5, in combination with the new open-source QuickTime Streaming
Server 3, offers “Skip Protection,” a collection of Apple-invented
technologies that ensures a higher quality experience for watching and
listening to Internet streams. “Skip Protection” protects against media
“skipping,” or dropping frames, caused by the unpredictability of Internet
“QuickTime is the standard for Internet audio and video and is being used
to deliver the latest in Internet content to millions of surfers around the
world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product
Marketing. “The new technologies in QuickTime 5 enable a new generation of
web-based audio and video solutions delivered with greater reliability than
ever before.” In addition to the updated media player, the new “in-place”
component downloader and Skip Protection, QuickTime 5 also features:
* Hot Picks” guide highlighting cool, new QuickTime TV content;
* support for Sorenson Video 3*;
* easy developer support for delivering new user interfaces, or “skins”*;
* an improved digital video codec for improved iMovie playback performance;and
* real-time professional video editing support for professional
applications such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro.
Leading web developers whose technologies take advantage of the new
component download feature include:
* DDD, which takes existing video and encodes it in 3-D for viewing with
* Pulse 3D, which provides playback of low-bandwidth 3D interactive animations;
* BeHere, which delivers 360-degree streaming and on-demand video;
* Sealed Media, which allows content developers to “seal” their media and
set up digital rights
* management (DRM) solutions for streaming live or on-demand content;
* On2, which provides high-quality broadband video, encoding and playback; and
* iPIX, which makes virtual reality software that provides dynamic imaging
solutions for creating 360-degree spherical images and movies.
The public previews of QuickTime 5 for the Macintosh and QuickTime
Streaming Server 3 are available immediately for download from
www.apple.com/quicktime and www.apple.com/quicktime/servers, respectively.
The public preview of QuickTime 5 for Windows will be available by the end
of the year. QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3 will be available
in early 2001.
* Features expected to be available with the release of QuickTime 5 in 2001.
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