Snapshot: MPEG-4 Boosts Quicktime 6

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-07-22 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With the release of Version 6 last week at Macworld, QuickTime moves to the front of the streaming media line.

With the release of Version 6 last week at Macworld, QuickTime moves to the front of the streaming media line. The latest version of Apple Computer Inc.s popular media format is an important upgrade, including full support for the MPEG-4 format and thus excellent-quality video and audio in much smaller file sizes. Along with QuickTimes standing as the default format for most leading video and media authoring tools, Version 6s support for MPEG-4 may be all it takes to keep sites from bothering to convert their QuickTime files to other formats.

Other new features in QuickTime 6—which runs on Mac OS X and Windows—include quicker stream starts and better buffer handling. The basic QuickTime Player is free; the professional version costs $30. Current users of QuickTime Pro will need to purchase new keys. (A longer review is online at www.eweek.com/links.)

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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