Telestream has released
WMV 2.1.1, an update to its software that enables QuickTime-equipped Macs to play back Windows Media content. The update is available to all Flip4Mac users, from users of the free playback software to the more advanced import and export software.
With Flip4Mac installed, Mac users can play many different types of Windows Media Video files on their Macs using QuickTime software instead — it’s a codec that works alongside QuickTime, decoding Windows Media Video content. Telestream also offers versions of Flip4Mac that help Mac users encode video in WMV format, as well.
New to this release is playback support for Windows Media 9 Advanced Profile, or VC-1 Advanced Profile. That’s the key component of Windows Media Video that’s been incorporated as a standard for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Flip4Mac VP Barbara DeHart said in a statement that this is the first step in broader VC-1 support from Telestream.
Users of the Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro and Pro HD software have already been able to create Windows Media 9 Advanced profiles, but this release enables Flip4Mac to play back the advanced profiles users create or import.
Also new in this release are improvements to two-pass VBR encoding and better MPEG-4 support for highly compressed media like digital cameras. Other changes include ASX handling, better installation support for Apple Remote Desktop and support for reclaiming file types assumed by other applications.