September 2001

September 25, 2001

You'll find a rather extensive comparison of QuickTime, Real Media, and Windows Media at the Enterprises New Media Matrix page. has a tutorial-like article, "QuickTime Pro 5: From Player to Creator - Part 1" which covers (in considerable detail) saving and exporting in QuickTime Pro .

If you own Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition and you're a Mac user, you may want to try out Sorenson Squeeze, which is now available in beta form at the Sorenson Download page. (The main advantage of this tool over others publicly available is that it can do Variable Bit Rate compression with Sorenson Video 3.)

Apple is shipping Mac OS X 10.1, which includes QuickTime 5.0.2 (the version that's been available on other platforms since July). More info about OS X 10.1 (but nothing about QuickTime) is in an Apple press release, "First Major Upgrade to Mac OS X Hits Stores This Weekend"

The QuickTime AppleScript Scripts page has been updated. The text on that page makes it sound as if the scripts there will work only in Mac OS X 10.1, but we tried a couple in OS 9 and they seemed to work just fine. (When a script asked for, we just located QuickTime Player.) On the other hand, we can't really see much that's new (compared to the scripts that were placed there when 5.0.2 was released, other than a Change to Preview File droplet. (We'll let you know next week if we learn more.)

Version 1.4 of QiPo (which stands for "QuickTime In Preview Out") has been released. This is shareware that will take a movie and generate a web page showing a sequence of frames from the movie. Go to the QiPo site for more information and to download the software.

Ben Bird has released version 5.1.1 of BTV Pro (a $40 Mac shareware tool for QuickTime capture and editing). You can read more about it on the BTV Pro Overview page, and download the tool from the BTV Download page.

The September issue of VR Mag includes an interview with Jon Alper, who's been responsible for a great deal of interactive QuickTime-based content at WGBH. (In other words, he "gets it".)

September 18, 2001

Amongst the many, many tragedies of last week, one of those killed was Daniel Lewin. Lewin was scheduled to speak at the QuickTime Live conference, and was the founder of Akamai Technologies. (Akamai's network is the backbone of QuickTime TV, as well as a great many high traffic video broadcasts. Apple was a primary investor in Akamai because of the significance of their product to QuickTime streaming.) You can read more at a Boston Globe Online article, "Akamai looks to preserve legacy of cofounder".

An Apple Hot News article "Computer Chronicler: Chris Fenwick" covers how and why the director of "Computer Chronicles uses QuickTime.

There's new software available for the CinéWave card at the CinéWave / TARGA Ciné - Software Updates page.

Version 1.0 of VideoScribbler, a tool for drawing on live video, has been released. Go to the VideoScribbler page.

New versions of VideoScript (version 2.3) for Windows, Mac OS, and and Mac OS X are available at the VideoScript Download page. (VideoScript is a tool that can be used to write scripts for processing video.)

There's a new fun little app for Mac OS X and Windows that allows you to experiment with QuickTime's musical instruments. It's called midifork and it's at the spongefork midifork page.

Check out the Retiarius Enterprises QuickTime History page if you're curious about the history of QuickTime.

September 11, 2001

In light of today's events, we just don't feel like publishing a page; our hearts and minds are elsewhere. Our hearts go out to any of you who have been directly effected by this horrendous tragedy. Pray for peace. Give blood. We'll return next week.

Judy and Robert

September 4, 2001

Linux users may be interested in CrossOver Plugin. According to the CrossOver Plugin web page (where you'll also find a link to buy the $20 software), it makes the full range of Windows Web Browser Plugins (including the QuickTime plug-in) available on Linux.

Still more commentary on Microsoft's removal of plug-in support from Internet Explorer in a ZDNet Tech Update article, "IE unplugged".

Frank Lowney has a QuickTime Embed/Object Tag Equivalencies page up which shows the object tag code necessary for all the QuickTime Embed tag parameters. He also has a QuickTime Detection and Response page, which he's updated to take into account the new need for an Active-X control for Internet Explorer users.

Blue Abuse (Totally Hip's new site devoted to QuickTime interactivity) has a new featured site and a new tutorial (on RTSP streaming).

Software updates:

Buena Software has released version 2 of its Effects Packs 1, 2, and 3. These are $30 sets of 10 effects each, and will work with any Mac OS tool that supports QuickTime effects, including QuickTime Player Pro. For more information go to the Buena Software Web Site.

Version 1.0b2 of Retiarius Enterprises' QTRM Maker is now available at the QTRM Maker page. (QTRM Maker is essentially a user-friendly front-end to Peter Hoddie's XMLtoRefMovie, which gives you greater flexibility in creating QuickTime reference movies than Apple's free utility, MakeRefMovie.)

Autodesk last week purchased Media 100's software product line, including Cleaner (video compression tool) and CineStream (DV editing software). For more details, read a article, "Autodesk Acquires Media 100's Streaming Software for $16 Million". (We're not sure whether this is good news or bad news for the future of Cleaner, the tool on which almost all QuickTime professionals rely.)

Educators (and others) will want to periodically check out the DV for Teachers web site, which is updated by Tim Merritt every few days with tips, commentary, and links to other resources which can help relative novices get started in the DV world (with good emphasis on QuickTime).

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 4), at 6 p.m. PST we'll be doing a World Without Borders Chat. Stop by and ask us some questions about QuickTime. Peachpit's News page has the link to the appropriate log-in page.