Building on the success of QuickTime 6, which surpassed 100 million downloads in less than 10 months, QuickTime 6.3 enables users to share high-quality video, audio and text on a new generation ofwireless devices including cell phones and PDAs. QuickTime 6.3 delivers extensive support for the 3GPP standard, including Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) audio, MPEG-4 andH.263 video, 3G Text (TX3G) and native .3gp file format support.
â€œQuickTime’s support of open standards like MPEG-4 and 3GPP now make it the best technology for creating and deploying content in the wireless world,â€ said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. â€œQuickTime 6.3 delivers the first 3GPP content creation and playback software and extends our industry leading support of open standards beyond the desktop into the mobile market.â€
â€œNTT DoCoMo’s FOMA is the standards-based 3G service which allows users to enjoy â€œi-motionâ€ video clip distribution and â€œi-motion mailâ€ video clip email service,â€ said Takeshi Natsuno, Managing Director of NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode Planning Department. â€œWe are thrilled that QuickTime 6.3 has made standards-based content creation and desktop playback a reality for NTT DoCoMo subscribers that can now share personal movies captured on their phones with friends and family on Mac and PCs.â€
â€œNokia welcomes the release of QuickTime 6.3, featuring support for 3GPP codecs and formats,â€ said Janne Juhola, senior technology manager, Multimedia Technologies, Nokia. â€œOur company is strongly committed to the creation of an ecosystem in which open standards ensure interoperability across a wide range of device categories, networks, services and applications. Nokia believes the inclusion of 3GPP support in QuickTime creates a wealth of exciting new opportunities for both desktop and mobile phone users.â€
Extending the reach of multimedia to a new generation of wireless devices, QuickTime 6.3 support for 3GPP delivers high-quality video, audio and text for use in end-to-end, standards-based content delivery solutions. The high-performance MPEG-4 video codec and the time-tested H.263 video codec both provide excellent results at low data rates. The modern AAC audio codec delivers exceptional quality music at a broad range of data rates while AMR provides narrowband audio encoding designed specifically for speech. 3G Text support in QuickTime 6.3 is time-based for accurate synchronization of titling and captioning with audio and video tracks.
Additional QuickTime 6.3 features include automatic streaming transport detection for a more reliable streaming experience, improvements to DV audio and video synchronization and enhanced support for Apple’s Keynoteâ„¢, iMovieâ„¢ and iDVDâ„¢ applications. QuickTime 6.3 is available immediately as a free download for MacÂ® and Windows users at www.apple.com/quicktime.