VDOnet, a small Internet company founded last year in Palo Alto, California, has announced a new version of its Web browser plug-in called VDOLive 2.0. It allows broadcast of real-time, streamed video over the World Wide Web via a regular 14.4Kbit/s modem.
The new suite of products is aimed at broadcast and media companies, multimedia Web developers and corporations wanting to incorporate video into their Web sites. They are designed to deliver higher-quality video than the original version of the product through improved compression and frame rates, according to a company spokesperson. Using the technology, Web site developers can embed videos that run more than an hour, such as a full-length movie, into a Web site.
Other features of VDOLive 2.0 allow users to weave multimedia, graphics and text into a video-like presentation and provide the ability to fine-tune frame and compression rates to each video on a site.
Since VDOLive was launched in December 1995, 1.5 million users have downloaded the product and it has been adopted by many media and corporate companies for use on their Web sites, including CBS News, PBS, Fox Television, Preview Vacations and Grolier Interactive, says the spokesperson.
VDOLive 2.0 works with most Web browsers and can be downloaded free of charge at VDOnet's Web site at http://www.vdo.net.