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Oracle updates video server

The company debuts a new version of its video server that provides users with an assortment of compression formats.

SAN FRANCISCO--As part of a concerted effort to expand its role in delivering video over a network, Oracle debuted a new version of its video server that provides users with an assortment of compression formats, opening the platform to a wide variety of video.

Currently in first beta, Video Server 3.0 extends its capabilities from support for MPEG to lower-bandwidth formats. "We've opened the Kimono," said Daryl Rosen, senior product manager for Internet video products at Oracle.

Video Server 3.0 is being displayed at the Windows NT Intranet Solutions show delivering video to a network computer powered by an Intel microprocessor.

Rosen said compression technology in products from the likes of Intel and Microsoft will now be supported.

After last week's publication of the Video Encoding Standard (VES) application programming interface (API), the company also has pledged to include the specification in 3.0, allowing users to rewind a live feed. The standard turns real-time broadcast into encoded video that can be manipulated without losing the rest of the feed.

A second beta of the new server is due next month, with shipment expected by the end of the year for Windows NT and a wide variety of Unix platforms. Oracle officials said they hope to expand their presence within Web sites with the new version. They said support for the emerging multicast standard will follow soon after the 3.0 release.