21st Century Media, a developer of streaming solutions for the enterprise area, has announced cast:stream, a delivery application suite, for Mac OS X.
It delivers live video and audio presentations with synchronized graphics, animation, and interactivity.
cast:stream offers dynamic online presentations to both Mac and Windows users by synchronizing live streaming broadcasts with any of the 80 media rich types supported by QuickTime 5. cast-stream media can be created in applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, and Macromedia Flash. A standalone application, it uses “intelligent” caching and localization technology to overcome many of the compatibility and scalability problems encountered by some browser-based systems. According to Steve Bannerman, president and chief marketing officer of 21st Century Media.
“cast:stream is a cross-platform presentation broadcasting tool that creates very powerful on-line presentations by synchronizing live QuickTime streaming video in one window with extremely high-quality rich media ‘slides’ in another window,” Bannerman, who was once Apple’s director of marketing for QuickTime TV, told MacCentral. “In fact, these rich media slides can me any media type supported by QuickTime. Hence, you can easily create interactive presentations using QuickTime VR, Flash, or even HTTP streaming video in addition to PowerPoint slides, etc.”
cast:stream redefines the way presentations are delivered over the Internet, said Jim Baker, CEO of 21st Century Media. Combine it with QuickTime and Mac OS X and you get the ability “to easily create powerful interactive presentations” with a “consistent, high quality, cross platform experiment from modem to broadband, he added.
The cast:stream suite consists of player, server, and moderator applications that run natively on Mac OS X, as well as Mac OS 9 and, if you’re interested, Windows 98/2000/NT/XP. Targeted to enterprise customers, cast:stream is designed for e-learning solutions in education, as well as business solutions such as online training and corporate communications. See the 21st Century Media Web site for details.