announced a joint promotion of their two complementary tools iShell and VideoClix, Jon Ward, Tribeworks’ manager of membershipservices, told MacCentral.
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iShell is a QuickTime-native multimedia authoring suite that enables the creation of customized media players that launch from a Web site. iShell 2 added the ability to create highly customized streaming media players in addition to its established capabilities in CD/DVD-ROM, connected disc and Web site publishing that can be authored and played on Mac and Windows/NT systems. iShell 2 players can be of any arbitrary shape, can contain holes, and are draggable with the ability to play in the foreground or the background.
iShell requires a Power Mac, Mac OS 8.6 or higher — a Mac OS X version is in the works — 32MB of available RAM, a minimum of 10MB of free hard disk space, and QuickTime 4 or higher.
VideoClix for Mac OS X is an interactive video authoring application that lets content providers build rich interactivity right into “Video Hotspots” that let viewers get feedback by clicking on actual “objects” in the video. Users can purchase a product, play along in game shows, or vote, all without even having to stop the stream, according to B. Maghfourian of eline.
It’s designed as a tool for creating videos for use in DVD/CD ROMs and for the Internet. It’s based on such standards such as QuickTime and MPEG-4. VideoClix enabled content can be served from any HTTP or RTSP server, tie into any database or eCommerce back-end and does not require additional plug-ins to view or interact with the content, Maghfourian said. The system provides companies with accurate consumer behavior and vital marketing data, as well, he added. The content can be served from any HTTP or RTSP server. Supported file formats in VideoClix are QuickTime Movies, MPEG-1, AVI, Flash and DV.
“iShell and VideoClix work great together,” Ward said. “You can enhance your QuickTime movies in VideoClix by adding dynamic video objects, create time triggered Actions, place Chapters and Text Tracks — all with simple clicks and drags. ‘VideoObjects’ empower viewers to click on any items in the video, and purchase the products, play along in a game show, vote or simply get feedback. Then drop your movies into iShell, and you’ve got all of QuickTime’s enhanced internal features packaged and ready to go in a beautiful and robust user interface.”
During this promotional offer, you can get a Tribeworks Silver Membership commercial license, and VideoClix for US$999 compared to the regular price of $1,474. Current iShell members can purchase VideoClix for $399; the regular price is $499. Current VideoClix registered users can buy a Tribeworks SilverMembership commercial license for $775 compared to the regular cost of $975.