Long gone are the days when digital video delivered on CD-ROM or via the Internet meant watching postage stamp-sized movies at a few frames a second with limited colors. Much technological development has occurred since the first introduction of QuickTime in the mid-1990s. Access to high-speed, broadband Internet connections has greatly improved the potential of delivering rich media events over the World Wide Web or LANS and WANS.
Our New Media Group works with the three major digital media architectures: QuickTime, RealMedia and Windows Media. Our specialty is in developing cross-platform compatible media playable on most contemporary Windows- or Macintosh-based computers.
Most of our projects use QuickTime. It is the core of most non-linear video editing systems. In fact, it is the only major digital media architecture that can be used not only for the final distribution of media files, but also during the initial acquisition and production phases. This architecture can be used along the entire production workflow of a project. In terms of the "deliverables" which QuickTime accommodates, a QuickTime media file can be used in:
- CD-ROM products
- DVD-ROM products
- Stand-alone computers
- World Wide Web distribution
- HTTP Progressive Download
- RTSP True Streaming
- Web Broadcasting
QuickTime plays dozens of different media types and is incorporated into many hardware and software media solutions. If you wish, please visit Apple's website about the versatility of QuickTime at this URL: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/whyqt/.
Our group also authors movies that are interactive, using QuickTime's "sprites" and "multiple-tracks" architecture. Visit our New Media Portfolio to see examples.
We are experts at creating and delivering digital movies or streaming media over the Internet. We've worked with this technique since the earliest and crudest of the original compression utilities and codecs. We are very excited about the potential of the MPEG-4 version of digital media that QuickTime 6 has to offer. We invite you to talk with us further on this topic.
If you would like to visit an ever-developing website we generated for workshops we teach on Digital Video for the Web, point your web browser to http://stream.uen.org/medsol/digvid/index.html.
Paul E. Burrows, Manager
Media Solutions, New Media Integration