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ISMA Unveils MPEG-4 Specs

The ISMA unveils MPEG-4 interoperability specifications, calling it a "blueprint" for streaming media. But critics, like Microsoft, see MPEG-4 as an incomplete solution. Senior Editor José Alvear and Associate Technical Editor Bill Bernat report on what the specification means to the industry.
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Oct 2001

RealNetworks Unveils RealONE Platform

At the RealConference in Seattle, RealNetworks unveiled a new integrated streaming/jukebox player, re-branded its subscription service and showcased a new platform for content developers. Senior Editor José Alvear reports on RealONE and how it's heating up the media player battle.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Sep 2001

Darwin Streaming Server: Open, Functional and Free

Apple’s Darwin Streaming Server, an open source version of the QuickTime Streaming Server, is both free and royalty-free. Contributor Jayson Lorenzen puts it through the wringer on Linux, Windows 2000, and Mac OS X.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jul 2001

Darwin Streaming Server on Linux

Roll-up your sleeves and prepare to get dirty with code samples and command line options. Contributor Jayson Lorenzen provides a walkthrough and tips for installing and configuring the Darwin Streaming Server for Linux. Dig in.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jul 2001

Integrating Flash and QuickTime for Dynamic Media Delivery

Flash and QuickTime can be an incredible combination to visually enhance your streaming video presentation and provide more immediate interaction for your audience. Contributor Barb Roeder walks you through the steps of creating some dynamic media of your own.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2001

Swimming with Sharks in the Patent Pool

In any case where a company owns patents that are included as part of a standard, that company collects royalty payments on its part of the standard’s licensing fees.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

MPEG-4’s Objective Point of View

MPEG-4 can overcome many of the limitations imposed on video when streamed, allowing for a greater depth of information, and has the potential to be used as a true streaming multimedia format.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

Apple Eyes MPEG-4

Among the “big three” technology players in streaming media (Apple, Microsoft and RealNetworks), Apple seems the most likely to pursue an MPEG-4 standard-based approach — not surprising given that its technology forms the base of the MPEG-4 specification.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

Here Comes the Sun (Microsystems)

As a member of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance, MPEG committee, and the MPEG-4 Industry Forum, to name a few, Sun Microsystems has been keeping a watchful eye and playing an active role in the evolution and adoption of an MPEG-4 standard.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

Start at the beginning: An MPEG Timeline

The Motion Picture Experts Group, part of the ISO standards body, begins working on a digital video standard.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

Will SMIL Frown?

Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), a WC3 standard for synchronizing numerous different media into a single presentation, overlaps somewhat with MPEG-4.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

Navigating the MPEG-4 Labyrinth

A source of great hope and speculation, MPEG-4 is charting a course for ubiquity through standardization. Contributor Stephen Jacobs tells us that if the history of MPEG is an indicator of what’s to come, start placing your bets on a standard and prepare to reap the benefits.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Jun 2001

SMIL: Mixing Media With Ease

Web developers are perpetually looking for a standards-based solution, with wide industry support, that is as easy to edit and create as HTML. SMIL 1.0 has been a good step in this direction.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jun 2001

An Authoring Environment Of Their Own

Last year, the Media Solutions Group billed its internal HP customers for more than $10 million in services. But it may find clients in the outside world a tougher sell than its in-house cousins.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 May 2001

The Economics of MPEG-4

MPEG-4 promises to change the entire streaming landscape, if it gains widespread usage. What are the business ramifications of MPEG-4? Find out on this edition of Insider, with guests from Sun, DiamondBack Vision, iVast and Kasenna.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 May 2001

Educating the Market

Most of the streaming content currently produced at Microsoft falls under the broad categories of e-learning and marketing. As a producer of sophisticated software products, Microsoft is faced not only with teaching its customer base how to use its products, but also to appreciate those products in the first place.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 May 2001

Microsoft’s Streaming Service Bureau

Before the advent of streaming video, major company-wide events were broadcast via satellite, or recorded for later distribution throughout the company via videotape or CD-ROM. The unit responsible for those earlier productions – now known as Microsoft Studios – today produces the bulk of streaming media at Microsoft.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 May 2001

Enterprise Case Study: Microsoft’s Mandate

Virtually every product group within Microsoft employs streaming media for internal communications, e-learning, or marketing. Contributor Max Bloom shows us that for Microsoft, ROI is the impetus, but its efforts illuminate new potential for corporate streaming.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 May 2001

For Microsoft, ROI is King

Like other enterprises, Microsoft must justify large streaming media expenditures with comparable returns on investment. Yet, some ROIs are more easily measured than others.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 May 2001

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