Apple today announced that in its first week of availability, QuickTime 5 has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. The new version of QuickTime was released simultaneously for Mac and Windows users alike.
QuickTime 5 was released last week during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2001 trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new version of Apple’s popular rich media delivery and editing technology sports an enhanced user interface with new audio controls; a new DV codec; support for “skins,” or custom interfaces; a component downloader to add plug-ins from Apple and third parties on the fly; and support for MPEG-1; Flash 4; and QuickTime Cubic VR technology.
Apple offers QuickTime 5 as a free download from its Web site, although registering the software in its Pro version costs US$29.95 — incurring an additional fee for users of QuickTime who registered their software prior to October 12, 2000.
Registering QuickTime 5 Pro enables users to play back full-screen video and resize movies; save movies for playback; creating streaming movies for the Web; copy and paste popular Internet formats; edit movies imported from a digital camera; create skins; convert and resize pictures; and more.
Apple reports that QuickTime 5 will be released in localized language versions in May.