MWSF: Channel Storm previews Live Channel 2.0

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Channel Storm is using Macworld Expo to demonstrate Live Channel 2.0, billed as "the TV studio-in-a-box." The new version adds features and capabilities. Live Channel provides features and tools designed to enable a Mac user to edit, produce and broadcast live video over the Internet, using software only. With 2.0's introduction, Live Channel can be also used to broadcast directly to video.

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New features in Live Channel 2.0 include a "dynamic interface," that enable users to configure multiple windows for cueing, inserting and switching multiple videos, audio, graphics and text overlays. You can use live camera feeds, pre-recorded material, and graphic source material in your presentations. The new interface enables you to do split screen and picture in picture effects using multiple live camera feeds, for example.

The new "video out" feature produces a video signal that can be sent to video recording systems -- VCRs and betacams, for example -- and to video monitors, TVs or video walls.

Live Channel supports a built-in streaming server that you can use for unicast or multicast capabilities -- users on the Web can watch your Webcast using Internet Explorer or Communicator via QuickTime.

At the show, Channel Storm will be selling the current version of Live Channel Pro for US$699 -- $300 off its previous price. The show version includes a pre-release version of 2.0 bundled on the same disk, and will be eligible for a free upgrade to Live Channel 2.0 when it's released in February. This deal will be extended to anyone else who buys the product after Macworld Expo until Live Channel 2.0 is released. A free demo is available for download from Channel Storm's Web site.

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