has updated its Flix line of Flash video encoders. All Flix software is available for both Mac and Windows platforms and works without a streaming server.
Flix is now available in several configurations, including its flagship Flix Pro, as well as standard and lite editions. Plus, Wildform has released a Flix SDK (software developer kit).
The US$149 Flix Pro is a full-featured video encoding solution for creating and deploying professional caliber video. The software enables developers to bring video to Flash projects. With Flix Pro, you can output all types of Flash video — Flash MX, FLV video (required to import MX video into Flash), Flash 3-5 video and Flix’s own unique vector video.
Flix Pro supports input from a variety of sources, including .dv, .mov, .qt, .mpg video, aiff and .mp3 audio, and still image formats like .jpg, .gif, .png, .tif, .tga and other formats. Users can manipulate bitrate, batch encode, export HTML, export Mac or Windows projectors of encoded video and more.
The US$29 Flix Lite is targeted to consumers and offers all the basic features required to encode and deploy Flash video. Flix Lite sports such features as bitrate control, encoding presets, html output, and .wav/.mp3 output. It’s designed to let users encode video, add their own customized elements and post it on the Web in three clicks.
Like its big brother, Flix Lite outputs both the new Flash MX video and the older Flash 3-6 video. Flix Lite also outputs both importable and non-importable versions of Flash 3-6 video.
Flix Standard, which costs $89 and is also targeted to consumers, has the same interface of Flix Lite with the image quality of 2-pass VBR compression and several additional time saving features, Wildform CEO Jonathan Blank said. All the Flix favors work with Mac OS 8.6 or higher, including Mac OS X.
Finally, the Flix SDK includes tools for creating client and server applications with complete Flix Pro functionality. Pricing depends on usage; see the Wildform Web site for details.