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October 8th, 1999

[8:30 AM] Video Software, BTV, Updated With Performance Enhancements

Ben Bird has released version 3.2.2 of the video editing utility, BTV. BTV allows users to view video from a number of different sources. The new version includes bug fixes and performance enhancements. According to Mr. Bird:

BTV is the essential software for anyone with video input hardware. It allows you to easily view video from any video digitizing source, either full screen or in a window. It has been successfully tested with a number of video sources including various video input cards, TV cards, built-in video hardware, USB and FireWire video sources.

Features of BTV are as follows:

  • Full-screen video with no menu bar
  • Video in a window which can be dragged around the screen or resized
  • Automatic monitor resolution switching to the resolution of your choice (usually 640x480 or 800x600) and back to the original resolution on quit
  • Multiple monitor support - play full screen video on one monitor while you work on another
  • AppleScript support - main commands are scriptable
  • Can capture a PICT file, either straight to the desktop with an automatic file name or through the normal save dialog box
  • Can record a movie to disk using custom video and sound settings
  • Easy access buttons to control record, PICT capture and muting
  • Can black out other monitors on a multi-monitor system
  • Can disable screensaver and powersaver
  • Can adjust size of picture with arrow keys and sound volume with + and - keys
  • Can hide the mouse (this can be done automatically on startup)
  • Can spin down hard disks for less noise (this can be done automatically on startup)
  • Saves all video and sound settings

BTV 3.2.2 has a number of improvements over version 3.2.1:

  • Improved movie capture performance
  • Easy access buttons in title bar of the BTV window to control movie recording, PICT capture and sound muting
  • AppleScript enhancements: video height and width control added
  • Misc minor bug fixes

BTV is available as shareware for US$15. You can find more information at the BTV web site.


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