Live Channel, which lets users creates a virtual live TV studio on any Mac without any additional hardware, has been upgraded to version l. 1.3. The new version increases performance up to 30 frames per second (a 60-plus percent increase over the previous version) while supporting all common graphics cards. Plus, Channel Storm, the folks behind Live Channel, previewed a Mac OS X version at last week’s Macworld San Francisco.
Live Channel handles all the production and broadcasting steps in a single application. It’s based on Channel Storm’s proprietary Live Render technology that enables video switching, compositing and professional transitions, all performed with real-time anti-aliasing on the multiple live video and audio sources, recorded clips, still images, logos, graphics and text that Live Channel supports. A free time-limited version of Live Channel is offered online and works with Mac OS 9.2 and QuickTime 5. The full price is under US$1,000.
Live Channel comes with a Live Presenter feature, which synchronizes the rich-media presentations with the live broadcasts and its advanced recording feature that simultaneously records both the live broadcast and the synchronized rich media. Live Channel currently provides Quick Time 5 and Mac OS 9.2 support.