A preview of ZyGoVideo Pro version 1.2 for Mac OS X is being released at this week’s Macworld Expo San Francisco. ZyGoVideo is a codec for QuickTime and QuickTime Pro that compresses and decompresses video files to deliver broadcast-quality video at lower transmission speeds.
Version 1.2 is more stable during playback, especially for multiple videos played at once, according to Rod Sheffield, president and CEO of Media Metastasis, the folks behind ZyGoVideo. It’s also designed for a smaller memory footprint.
“This release previews our changes made to the codec for PDAs,” Sheffield told MacCentral. “The codec will perform better on lower end machines by executing faster and having a smaller footprint in memory. Customers can expect Pro and Basic versions of our codec for Mac OS 8/9, and Windows soon.”
He added that Media Metastasis is offering these codec improvements as a “preview” to the content compressionists who are using the latest tools, like Hip Flics 1.1 and their codec under Mac OS X. HipFlics is a digital video enhancing, compressing and processing tool from Totally Hip. It can be used as a standalone product or in conjunction with other digital video or Web authoring products such as LiveStage Professional. HipFlics is a QuickTime based tool that makes use of the popular QuickTime movie format.
The basic decompression component of ZyGoVideo is automatically downloaded from the QuickTime Component Download site when playing clips compressed with ZyGoVideo and the next release of the QuickTime Player will include an integrated ZyGoVideo decoder. The ZygoVideo Pro compression codec for preparing videos for streaming or video-on-demand applications is available at the Vianet Web site.
ZyGoVideo provides a full set of professional compression settings to control data rate, quality and encode/decode speed for a nearly limitless number of video sources, Sheffield said. It enables low-level assembly routines so that compression and decompression go, he added.
The ZyGoVideo Pro Preview compressor for Mac OS X is available now from the product Web site. A US$20 rebate will be offered on the holiday special price of $59 for those purchasing the codec during Macworld Expo San Francisco. The rebate program will also be applied to purchases of the ZyGoVideo Pro Mac OSX and Hip Flics 1.1 bundle special price of $129 during MWSF.