QuickTime Broadcaster supports the broadcast of MPEG-4, but as with QuickTime 6 (see related release “Apple Previews QuickTime 6 with MPEG-4”), the distribution of QuickTime Broadcaster is being delayed until MPEG-4 video licensing terms are improved. The MPEG-4 licensing terms proposed by MPEG-LA (the largest group of MPEG-4 patent holders) includes royalty payments from companies, like Apple, who ship MPEG-4 codecs, as well as royalties from content providers who use MPEG-4 to stream video. Apple agrees with paying a reasonable royalty for including MPEG-4 codecs in QuickTime, but does not believe that MPEG-4 can be successful in the marketplace if content owners must also pay royalties in order to deliver their content using MPEG-4.
“QuickTime Broadcaster will make it incredibly easy and affordable for businesses, educational institutions or individuals to produce high-quality, live Internet or Intranet broadcasts,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “When combined with a free QuickTime Player and a free QuickTime Streaming Server, QuickTime Broadcaster is the most cost-effective Internet broadcasting solution offered anywhere.”
Live internet broadcasting is an increasingly popular and cost-effective way to reach large numbers of viewers for corporate meetings, online courses, keynote addresses, entertainment and other special events. Standards-based QuickTime products are an ideal solution for creating, distributing and viewing content without the limitations of proprietary formats. Additionally, when the QuickTime Broadcaster and QuickTime Streaming Server are running on Apple’s PowerBook® G4 or iBook® laptop computers, the combination provides a uniquely flexible, mobile broadcast solution.
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 all QuickTime codecs;
- AppleScript® support;
- the ability to create custom settings;
- support for reliable communication via TCP between Broadcaster and Server; and
- auto configuration of connection between Broadcaster and Server.
QuickTime Broadcaster will be distributed as a free download and requires QuickTime 6, Mac® OS X (v10.1 and later), Mac OS X Server, QuickTime Streaming Server and compatible servers.
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