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Jan Devos via E-Mail

3ivx News
In future licence fees will be charged for using 3ivx as the following press release supposes. Private users pay 10$, commercial users pay 400$. 3ivx is a video-compression-format for MPEG4 which is used by some Amiga-programs as SoftCinema and MooVId.

Press Release: 3ivx, solving the streaming video problem
Truly multi-platform MPEG-4 video means encode anywhere, play everywhere

April 17, 2001 - Happy Machines releases its third preview version of the 3ivx codec. 3ivx takes video compression to a higher level. This is the first release which includes a free personal test encoder as well as a version for MacOS X.

"Streaming video is very important for our customers," says Marcel Bor of On The Road, an Equant Service Provider "That's why I am extremely pleased with the quality of 3ivx movies, even better than Real 8!"

This release includes a lot of enhancements resulting in improved video playback while maintaining small file sizes and low bit-rates. Technically this translates into:
- Scheduled Asynchronous Decompression
- Advanced frame queue management
- FrameCache and Flextime Frame management
- Hardware Accelerated YUV Output

The encoder and the decoder are available on the site for immediate download. There are 3 versions of the codec available, a free test codec, a $10 version for personal use and a $400 version for commercial use.

3ivx is a natural video compression system that is compliant with MPEG-4v3. The strengths lay in its open architecture, multi-platform approach (Windows, MacOS, Linux/Unix, BeOS and Amiga) and it's high compression ratio which compresses video's and moving images to one thirteenth (1:13) of the size of a DVD or MPEG-2 movie while maintaining approximately the same quality.

Happy Machines is a Belgian company that represents a creative team and a large international network of inventors, software and hardware developers, designers in various fields such as imaging, satellite communications, artificial intelligence, machinery etc., which has contacts with top-manufacturers worldwide. The company is also member of the MPEG-group and is an Inmarsat partner. It is orientated on project development and related intellectual properties.

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