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Section B.4. QuickTime

B.4. QuickTime

Capability Rating
Browser compatibility and percent of browsers with Plug-in Excellent.
Interactive sound design capabilities Fair. Technology is a compression format and widely used playback standard, not a multimedia authoring environment.
Software cost for encoding and streaming Free to $1,000+. Free to encode QuickTime and place downloadable files on web server. Large-scale managed streaming requires Mac OS X Server, which starts at over $1,000.
Level of documentation and support Fair.
Audio encoding and content generation Easy.
Audio authoring and delivery Easy. No programming expertise is required to set up Mac OS X Server.
Audio fidelity and compression Excellent. Q Design Music encoding technology.
Low-bandwidth performance Excellent.
Server performance and quality of software tools for large-scale streaming Good—Mac OS X Server. QuickTime support large-scale broadcasting. Number of streams depends on hardware configuration and bandwidth capacity.



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