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Telestream Flip4Mac Brings Windows Media Encoding to the Mac (15/12/2004)

Available now - Industry's first component to enable QuickTime-based applications to export Windows Media files

Telestream, the world's leading provider of universal media encoding solutions, today announced availability of its Flip4Mac Windows Media Export Component for Apple's Mac OS X platform. The Flip4Mac Export Component is the first product to provide encoding in Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series SD and HD on the Macintosh. It is the premier product in a series of major new digital media tools for the Mac to be offered by Telestream for immediate worldwide purchase at Prices start under US$100.

"Mac users have long lacked a good way to get to the Windows Media format from their video authoring tools," said Ben Waggoner, compression expert and principal of Interframe Media. "Telestream's Flip4Mac finally makes it possible for any app supporting QuickTime Export components to make a Windows Media file on the Mac. Export capabilities include the latest technologies like Windows Media 9 Series HD and 2-pass encoding."

Telestream's Flip4Mac Export Component allows the large base of Mac users to conveniently select Windows Media 9 Series from the list of available formats in the Export function of QuickTime-based applications running on Mac OS X v10.3 or later. These applications include Final Cut Pro HD, iMovie, QuickTime Player, Discreet Cleaner, and more. Also, Flip4Mac will be supported in an upcoming release of the Sorenson Media Squeeze 4 Compression Suite Macintosh version.

Two versions of the Flip4Mac Windows Media WMV Export Component are now available from Telestream: the Standard version supports standard-definition resolutions, single-pass encoding, and stereo audio for US$99. The Pro/HD version adds support for high definition, two-pass encoding, and 5.1 channel audio for US$179.

Until now, creating files in Windows Media has not been easy for Mac users. It has required a multi-step, multi-system process: exporting the file, moving it to a PC, and then encoding it into Windows Media using another software application. By exporting and encoding right on the Mac, users save time and the hassle of working with multiple systems and software packages, while maintaining control of the entire process on their primary system.

"Telestream's innovative solution now enables the large base of Mac users in the content creation world to create files using Windows Media directly on their own platform," said Steve Sklepowich, group manager in the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp. "Telestream has a history of providing industry-leading solutions for media workflows that require encoding, and its new solution will have broad market appeal."

Telestream recognizes the unique strengths of two industry leaders with its Flip4Mac offerings.

Apple's QuickTime-based applications have established themselves as the leaders in professional video editing, motion graphics, and DVD authoring. Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series is gaining widespread adoption due to its ability to deliver high-quality and compression efficient content, in addition to its use for Web publishing and DVD production. Telestream bridges this important gap for professional users with Flip4Mac.

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