FrontBase Inc. announced support for QuickTime streaming directly from their database software, FrontBase Relational Database Server 3.5, at the Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City.
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FrontBase bills its software as “the only database available for Mac OS X that can scale seamlessly from a personal machine to true enterprise levels,” and said that the software supports features like clustering, replication, hot backup and more. The company has extended Apple’s open source QuickTime Streaming Server to allow the server to retrieve movie data directly from the database, and send it faster than via the filesystem, said Geert Clemmensen, FrontBase CEO.
For developers who want to integrate multimedia applications with the powerful features of a database server, FrontBase has also created an extension to Mac OS X advanced Cocoa framework that supports seamless integration of QuickTime, he added.
“Because Apple has open-sourced the QuickTime Streaming Server, we have been able to easily extend its functionality to leverage the abilities of our database for the benefit of our mutual customers,” Clemmensen explained. “And since the modifications are solely at the server end, they are transparent to end-users, who can continue to use their favorite QuickTime viewer.”
By storing multimedia content in FrontBase, developers can now take advantage of a fast search of metadata, together with the robustness, scalability and centralized asset management offered by an enterprise-class database, and actually stream QuickTime movies more efficiently, he added. What’s more, using Frontbase’s Objective-C API, developers can query the database for QuickTime movies, and use this extension to load the requested movie content into an NSMovie object, displayed by an NSMovieView. The actual movie data is then streamed on demand to the client application by a custom QuickTime data provider.
Also, since FrontBase Relational Database Server allows for piece-wise access to BLOBs, movies can be accessed just as if they were part of the local filesystem. The Frontbase Relational Database Server 3.5 with support for QuickTime Streaming Server is immediately available online. Licensing and purchasing info is also available.