MWSF: EyeTV updated, PAL version coming

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El Gato Software has released EyeTV 1.1 software today and announced a PAL compatible version for Europe.

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With EyeTV 1.1, now available for download, a visual editor for saved recordings has been added. This feature allows you to: delete commercials or any other less desirable content; find your favorite scenes or clips and save them as separate recordings or as QuickTime movies; crop the beginning and end of your shows to adjust for imprecise broadcast times; and split shows into segments that fit on Video CDs.

EyeTV can now play back individual video tracks on Video CDs. To do so, you can use the File menu to open the files, inside the MPEGAV directory of a video CD (the files are named AVSEQ01.DAT, AVSEQ02.DAT and so on). You can also drag and drop the files onto EyeTV.

EyeTV can now play back any QuickTime movie. You can use EyeTV's remote control to pause, fast forward, rewind, advance or reverse frame by frame, and more. Plus, you can present any movie at full screen or scale it to the desired size. QuickTime Pro isn't required.

Pressing Command-Shift-C will create a snapshot file on your desktop from the active video window named "EyeTVSnapshot_1.jpg", "EyeTVSnapshot_2.jpg" and so on. Command-C will copy the current video picture into the Clipboard. EyeTV 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or later.

El Gato has also announced a PAL version of EyeTV. It's been localized into French and German. The company is interviewing companies to line up European distribution. The produce should ship within a month, according to Victor Nemechek, director of marketing. The European version won't have an online program guide initially as the North American version does, but one is coming, he added.

Nemechek also hinted at the next generation of EyeTV. Nemechek said that engineers are working on it, and that it will be "very cool."

"Things that MIGHT be included are a FireWire rather than USB interface, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 rather than MPEG-1, and support for multiple tuners," he said. "Closed captioning is a definite. And wireless operation would be great."

Nemechek said that would "definitely" be releasing more video-related products over the next year.

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