N+I: Toshiba intros MPEG-4 streaming software

Toshiba has unveiled what it calls the world's first video streaming system based on the MPEG-4 specification under consideration by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). The Japanese vendor's MobileMotion suite includes MPEG-4 production, server and player software, and is aimed at businesses building video and multimedia-based applications for use within a company's intranet or over the Internet.

Toshiba has unveiled what it calls the world's first video streaming system based on the MPEG-4 specification at the Networld + Interop show.

The Japanese vendor's MobileMotion suite includes MPEG-4 production, server and player software, and is aimed at businesses building video and multimedia-based applications for use within a company's intranet or over the Internet.

The software trio making up the suite are known as MobileMotion Player, OnDemand Server and EasyProducer respectively.

MPEG-4 is an emerging digital media specification under consideration by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Currently, MPEG-2 is the standard compression technology used for digital broadcasts and Digital Video Disks.

Toshiba's MobileMotion supports Common Intermediate Format (CIF) -- 352 by 288 pixels -- to Sub Quarter CIF -- 128 x 96 pixels, officials said.

The Windows 95 and NT-based MobileMotion system can handle up to 30 frames per second of video data with a transmission speed of between 6K bits per second (Kbps) and 384Kbps, the officials added.

Shipping from next month, the system is available only in Japan, but Toshiba is considering sales elsewhere, officials said.

Pricing for MobileMotion Player begins at 45,000 yen (US$310) for five licenses; pricing for OnDemandServer starts at 348,000 yen for up to 100 streams and EasyProducer is priced at 198,000 yen, they said.

Toshiba, in Tokyo, can be reached at http://www.toshiba.com/.

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