Apple Announces QuickTime 5 and QuickTime Streaming Server 3
NAB, LAS VEGAS-April 23, 2001-Apple today announced QuickTime 5, Apple’s
industry-leading software for creating, playing and streaming high-quality
audio and video over the Internet, and QuickTime Streaming Server 3,
Apple’s new version of the standards-based, open source, streaming server.
In addition, Apple is demonstrating a preview version of QuickTime with
support for industry-standard MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoding and decoding.
“QuickTime has been long established as the digital media standard for
capturing, encoding and delivering content on the Internet,” said Philip
Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “QuickTime
5 offers incredible new capabilities for everyone who creates or views
QuickTime 5 includes an enhanced user-interface with new audio controls,
“Hot Picks” guide and QuickTime TV (QTV) channels display; a new DV codec
for enhanced speed and quality; the ability for content creators to design
custom interfaces for the delivery of their QuickTime content; and a
component downloader to add Apple’s own enhancements as well as third-party
plug-ins on the fly. QuickTime 5 also offers full support for MPEG-1, Flash
4 and QuickTime’s new Cubic VR technology.
Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server 3 includes Skip Protection, a patented
collection of features that protects the quality of streams from
disruptions on the Internet, and a new easy-to-use web-based interface that
can be administered locally or remotely to configure server settings.
Coupled with Mac OS X Server on a Power Mac G4, QuickTime Streaming
Server 3 lets users start up a streaming digital video channel with support
for more than 3,000 concurrent streams to QuickTime users. Darwin Streaming
Server, the Open Source version of QuickTime Streaming Server 3, offers
support for FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Windows NT and Windows 2000.
With over 150 million copies of QuickTime 4 already in distribution
worldwide, QuickTime is fast becoming the world’s leading cross-platform
multimedia technology and is today the only open source, standards-based
streaming solution. As a co-founder of the Internet Streaming Media
Alliance (ISMA), Apple is dedicated to the development of products and
technologies that adhere to industry standards to provide an optimized user
experience through interoperability. QuickTime was chosen by the
International Standards Organization (ISO) as the base file format for
MPEG-4, and Apple is working with other ISMA members to bring interoperable
MPEG-4 products and technologies to market.
Availability QuickTime 5 is immediately available for free download at
www.apple.com/quicktime/download. Localized versions of QuickTime 5 will be
available in May 2001.
QuickTime Streaming Server 3 will be available in May 2001. For more
information on QuickTime Streaming Server 3 and Darwin Streaming Server 3,
please visit www.apple.com/quicktime.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to
students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world
through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.