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QuickTime is hands down delivering the highest quality audio and video of any multimedia application. Only QuickTime allows content authors to go beyond traditional static or video media to create immersive “cubic” QuickTime VR movies spanning 360 degrees. QuickTime is the only media platform that provides the ability to create fully interactive experiences within movies. Add any combination of Flash, JavaScripts, wired sprites, pop-up menus and more to your video and audio for a rich multimedia experience. Only QuickTime allows you to create a custom interface and deliver it with your media. With this added opportunity for creativity and branding, think of the experience you can deliver.

With the release of QT 7 LiveStage Professional now supports the new, state-of-the-art video codec called H.264, which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. Ratified as part of the MPEG-4 standard (MPEG-4 Part 10), this ultra-efficient technology gives you excellent results across a broad range of bandwidths, from 3G for mobile devices to iChat AV for video conferencing to HD for broadcast and DVD.

Open GL
LiveStage Professional supports the industry's standard for high performance 2D and 3D graphics. OpenGL is specifically designed to support the rich graphic needs of scientific visualization, medical imaging, CAD/CAM, and entertainment software.
The benefits for using OpenGL are:

  · the industry standard for 2D and 3D rendering
  · provides an enhanced user experience
  · provides pixel accurate previews of alpha channel material
  · preview effects on the stage
  · adds the ability to rotate/skew/distort tracks

Using OpenGL provides significant performance enhancements while working on the stage in addition to increasing rendering quality.
More information about OpenGL Support
OpenGL website

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a platform-independent format for describing, structuring, storing, and sending data. XML files are simple text documents that structure data into a series of tags, much like HTML. Elements have both Start <element> and End </element> tags.
Your entire LiveStage Professional project can be stored as an XML file. It can then be edited using any available text editing application, without the need for additional tools. Storing your project as XML allows you to compare differences between two projects. Additionally, you can generate changes to the project programmatically (usually on a server), and then create a movie from this new XML file.

BBedit (as external editor)
BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. LiveStage Professional allows developers to edit their scripts and Behaviors directly into BBedit.
More information about BBedit Support
BBedit product webpage

MPEG-2 is a set of technology specifications for the compression, decompression, processing, and coded representations of video and audio. It was defined by the MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) committee, the working group within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that specified the popular MPEG-1 standard and the new MPEG-4 standard. MPEG-2 was approved in 1994 and is the basis for such products as Digital Television set top boxes and Digital Versatile Disk (DVD).

LiveStage Professional has always had one of the most extensive AppleScript dictionaries of any Macintosh application. During the development of LiveStage Professional, considerable pains have been taken to make LiveStage Professional the premier application for AppleScripting.
More information about Applescript Support
AppleScript webpage

Zoomify unleashes high-resolution imaging! Zoomify's unique technologies make high-quality images fast and interactive to author, publish, and view. Zoomify's products meet the high-resolution imaging needs of creative professionals, image-centric businesses, and digital appliance companies. Zoomify is revolutionizing digital imaging in science, business, entertainment, education, and security. Free the pixels!
More information about Zoomify Support
Zoomify web site

AXEL is the most powerful and cost effective solution for creating high impact interactive multimedia for web/CD/DVD. AXEL allows you to easily incorporate 2D, 3D, video, Flash, text and sound, add animation and interactivity without requiring any other 3D tools or any programming or scripting skills. AXEL is compatible with LiveStage. Interactive 3D tracks can be composited and wired
More information about Axel Support
Axel website site
Axel and QuickTime

QuickTime and Flash represent a valuable combination and LiveStage Professional has a number of features that will make the integration of even the most advanced Flash projects a breeze. From creating custom buttons animations with actions to QTVR maps flash brings LiveStage to a whole new level.
More information about Flash support
Macromedia Flash web site

MP3 (aka MPEG Audio Layer 3) used especially for digitally transmitting music over the Internet is integrated with LiveStage Professional. Add sound to your timeline and access the ID3 tags to read the Song Title, Album Title, Artist, Year, and Track Number.
More information about MP3 ID3 tags support
MP3 resources

The Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL, pronounced "smile") enables simple authoring of interactive audiovisual presentations. SMIL is typically used for "rich media" multimedia presentations which integrate streaming audio and video with images, text or any other media type. SMIL is an easy-to-learn HTML like language, and many SMIL presentations are written using a simple text-editor.
More information about SMIL support
SMIL resources

LiveStage Professional can access and playback original MPEG-4 content. No need to manipulate or transcode to a new format. MPEG-4 video provides incredible quality across the bandwidth spectrum that rivals the best proprietary codecs available, yet is interoperable with all MPEG-4 compliant players.
MPEG-4 information

QuickTime VR
QuickTime VR takes interactivity to a new dimension-quite literally. With QuickTime VR, users can explore three-dimensional objects and panoramic scenes, real, or imagined. Whether the subject is a distant locale or a computer generated 3D rendering, QTVR provides a unique and captivating user experience. Because the VR Track is scriptable, you can enhance and extend the already impressive VR technology with added interactivity. LiveStage Professional also supplies a set of FastTracks that go hand in hand with the VR Track. These FastTracks allow you to quickly enhance the VR experience in your projects. As with all FastTracks, you can decompile and modify them to better suit your needs.
More information about QuickTime VR support

Photoshop files can now ease the production flow when using LiveStage Pro. You can create a skin with a single drag and drop operation using one of the following approaches. In Photoshop, create the Window Shape, Drag Area and Background on different layers, naming the layers as follows: 'shape', 'drag', and 'background'. Then simply drag and drop the .psd file into the Preview Window of the Media Skin FastTrack(TM). Since LiveStage can access Photoshop layers this method can also be utilized when creating multistage buttons, simply create a separate layer for your down, over, up state drag in the .psd file and voila! you have a multi state button.
More information about Photoshop support
Abode Photoshop webpage

The Export Report feature (File/Export/Report...) allows you to create simple or complex summary of your current LiveStage Project. Reports are fully customizable. The LiveStage installation provides a set of templates that can be be used. Developers can modify them, or used them to create their own personalized reports.
More information about reports


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