New Streaming Media Software Won't Support The Mac

Media 100 Inc. has announced its newest streaming media production system, iFinish 4. While it supports QuickTime technology, Mac users are left hung out to dry. According to Media 100:

With iFinish 4, Web designers can create streaming media content with which viewers can directly interact. iFinish 4 incorporates sophisticated interactive streaming media technology called EventStream, enabling Web designers to embed interactive instructions directly into streaming media programs to trigger highly visual, content-rich capabilities, including graphics, Flash animations and Java applications - all synchronized with the streaming video on the web site. Using iFinish 4, web designers can define hot spots, URL flips and chapter marks, allowing viewers to interact with streaming media programs by clicking on objects to gather information, launch related web sites from the video and even purchase items in the streaming video. This technological achievement is enabling the creation of interactive online advertising and e-commerce, rich and dynamic training videos in which viewers can interact with video content, and is also enabling the delivery of internal corporate communiques across disparate regional offices. iFinish 4 heralds a number of technological advancements in streaming media production, including:

Leveraging Media 100 EventStream technology, customers can:

  • Create interactive hot spots
  • Generate synchronized web events
  • Author metadata for searching, indexing and archiving video
  • Layer graphics separately for higher-quality streaming
  • Leverage interactive features of all streaming formats, including Real, Windows Media and QuickTime

A seamless workflow, integrated within one solution enables customers to:

  • Capture, edit, author interactivity, encode and publish to the Internet
  • Acquire and deliver in any format, including DV, SDI, component, S-video and composite

Unique strategic relationship with effects innovators, Boris FX and Adobe, empowers Media 100 customers to:

  • iFX(TM) integration for unlimited layering and compositing
  • Design 2D and 3D animated titles and advanced digital video effects
  • Finish with real-time broadcast quality color correction tools
  • Expand effects with unique Adobe After Effects integration

iFinish 4 also provides customers with:

  • Instant media integration with the industryis best-in-class QuickTime-compatible applications
  • DirectEdit technology for fast, intuitive timeline editing
  • Ability to process audio with real-time three-band parametric EQ
  • Ability to create superior quality pictures and effects for broadcast-quality design

The iFinish 4 systems will be available in January 2001 from US$2,995 $14,995, depending on configurations. You can find more information about it at Media 100is site.