Today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, the
— a developer of audio and video compression technologies for communication, streaming and storage applications — introduced Videogram Creator software. The application is a way for Mac, Windows, and handheld users to create and send streaming video e-mails.
“Videograms” combine text messages, graphics and up to five minutes of audio/video content into a compressed, self-contained HTML file. They can be created in three steps, using the software’s built-in editor feature, according to Raymond Yu, president of Right Bits. A free trial copy of the software, which allows users to send e-mail messages containing up to 20 seconds of video, is
available for download. The full version costs US$49.95.
To play Videograms, recipients just double-click the HTML file. They’re played back by small Java applets (about 15KB in size) that automatically load over any Internet connection in seconds each time an e-mail is viewed. Videogram Creator software can purportedly reduce a 30-second video clip at 160 x 120 resolution to 500KB. Because the Java applets behind Videograms cannot access a computer’s hard drive or local resources, they’re the most secure way to deliver video, Yu said.
Videograms are compatible with any standard browser and email-program and will play back on any Mac and Windows system. They’ll also play back on handheld devices that support a Java implementation.