Microsoft has entered a joint agreement with Matsushita Electric Industrial Company owner of the well known ?Panasonic brand? to provide a new range of digital video (DV) hardware and software products for PCs.
The agreement follows a week of activity in the convergence of digital television and PCs which began with Microsoft?s purchase of Internet service provider WebTV Networks on Sunday. The company has released a string of multimedia announcements since aimed at bumping up its PC and digital integration capabilities.
As part of the agreement Matsushita Electric will develop and license a DV software codec that will allow DV to be supported in a DirectX filter. This technology will enable consumers to capture video from standard DV cameras and author content using an emerging line of low-cost video editing tools.
A component of Microsoft?s multimedia API strategy, DirectX is an expanded set of high-level component services developers can use to integrate and stream video, 3-D animation, and other media types.
Until now, interconnecting digital cameras to PCs has been expensive and technically cumbersome to implement. According to the companies the new DV and IEEE 1394 standards, adopted by Matsushita will lower the barriers, allowing end users to benefit from plug and play broadcast quality products.
?For the first time, we?ll begin to see broad consumer participation in video capture and editing, along with exciting new applications ranging from corporate presenations to video documents of family events,? said John Ludwig, vice president of the Internet client collaboration division at Microsoft.
The digital video enhancements to DirectX will be integrated as part of DirectX media?s scheduled for release this summer.
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