Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Apple's QuickTime 7 Uses MPEG4 / H.264

Apple delivered a preview release of QuickTime 7 Player and QuickTime 7 Pro for Windows, the industry's first mainstream H.264 solution for streaming and playback of High Definition (HD) video on the Windows platform. In addition to H.264, QuickTime 7 features:

  • support for playing up to 24 channels of audio, including 5.1 and 7.1 audio;

  • new and improved playback controls, including jog shuttle and variable speed playback options;

  • zero-configuration streaming for easy access

  • live resizing for smooth playback as a user changes the size of the QuickTime 7 Player window

QuickTime 7 Pro for Windows adds:

  • H.264 video encoding for easy creation of pristine video for any use, from 3G to HD and everything in between;

  • support for configuring and encoding 5.1 audio;

  • new full-screen controls for easy access to player controls in full- screen mode;

  • native support for VBScript, enabling QuickTime workflow automation;

  • background exporting to allow users to continue working during exports; and

  • all-new movie settings for simple and efficient movie authoring.

The final versions of QuickTime 7 Player and QuickTime 7 Pro for Windows will be available this summer.

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