Apple Announces Public Preview of QuickTime 6
Industry’s First Mainstream ISO-Compliant MPEG-4 Encoder, Player & Broadcast=
CUPERTINO, California-June 4, 2002-Apple=AE today announced that the public
preview of QuickTime=AE 6 is now available as a free download from Apple
(www.apple.com) for both Mac=AE and Windows. QuickTime 6 is the industry’s
first mainstream MPEG-4 solution for streaming media to all MPEG-4
compliant players. In addition, Apple announced the public preview of
QuickTime Broadcaster, which captures and encodes QuickTime content in
MPEG-4 for live streaming over the web.
MPEG-4, the next-generation international standard for digital video, was
created by the group that created MPEG-2, the “gold standard” of digital
video used by every DVD player and DVD. There are hundreds of companies
committed to the MPEG-4 standard, including Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel,
Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Panasonic, Phillips, Real Networks,
Samsung and Sun.
“QuickTime 6 delivers the world’s first complete media solution for
creating, streaming and viewing MPEG-4 content,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s
CEO. “MPEG-4 is an open standard being adopted by wireless, computer and
entertainment companies around the world because it delivers the highest
quality digital video, and allows content creators to scale the
quality/bandwidth tradeoff all the way from MPEG-2 quality to dramatically
lower bandwidths for streaming over the Internet.”
QuickTime 6 includes the new Instant-On Streaming feature that eliminates
frustrating buffer delays and provides users with the ability to quickly
and easily scrub through streaming media content to locate and instantly
view specific sections. In addition, QuickTime 6 running on Mac OS X now
supports JPEG 2000, the next generation JPEG standard that allows users to
capture still images in a higher quality and smaller file size than ever
QuickTime 6 also includes Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), the standard MPEG-4
audio format. AAC is the next-generation professional-quality audio format
that delivers vastly superior sound quality at drastically reduced file
sizes-better than MP3 and better than Windows Media Player (WMA).
Additional features of QuickTime 6 include:
* a new ISO-compliant video codec for encoding and decoding MPEG-4 video
* adherence to the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) 1.0 specificatio=
* DVC Pro (PAL) support; and
* an updated user interface for easier access to QuickTime content.
Key features of QuickTime Broadcaster include:
* live encoding with real time preview;
* the ability to record and hint in real time to the computer’s hard disk
for quick video-on-demand posting;
* support for QuickTime codecs as well as MPEG-4 video and AAC audio;
* AppleScript support;
* the ability to create custom settings;
* support for reliable communication via TCP between Broadcaster and
* auto configuration of connections between Broadcaster and Server.
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.