Kinoma has introduced a new multimedia application with support for industry-standard file formats and advanced compression technologies.
This company has been making a free video player for the Palm OS for years. However, previous versions of the Kinoma Player could only handle video encoded in its proprietary format. It required Kinoma Producer, a $30 desktop application, to create videos.
The new version, Kinoma Player 3 EX, can play video stored in MPEG-4, a commonly-used format. MPEG-4 video compression allows more than seven hours of high-quality video to be stored on a single 1-GB memory card.
Users can also play .3GP and .3G2 files captured by the built-in camera on many mobile phones. Kinoma Player 3 EX also supports viewing JPEG photographs and some QuickTime movies, as well as the proprietary Kinoma movie file format.
More Than Just Video
This application doesn’t stop with video. For audio, it uses AAC (Advanced Audio Compression), making it possible for users to store 30 percent more audio than the older MP3 standard. Using AAC audio compression, a single 1-GB memory card can store over 22 hours of CD-quality audio.
In addition, AAC audio is used by Apple’s iTunes software. Customers can now rip their audio CDs with iTunes and play them on their Palm Powered handheld using Kinoma Player 3 EX. However, this application can only play unprotected M4A audio files, not protected songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store.
New Kinoma Producer Version, Too
Today Kinoma also introduced Kinoma Producer 3, a desktop application that allows users to optimize the video and audio files on a Windows or Mac OS X computer for playback with Kinoma Player 3 EX.
Kinoma Producer 3 compresses from most popular digital media file formats – including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio, QuickTime, AVI, DV, DivX, WAV, AIFF and MP3 – into compact industry-standard MPEG-4 files.
This application includes presets for most Palm OS handhelds, including those from palmOne, Tapwave, Sony, and Garmin – simplifying the conversion process as much as possible.
How to Purchase
Kinoma Producer 3 can be purchased through the Kinoma web site for $29.99. It requires Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Mac OS X.
A free trial edition of Kinoma Producer 3 is available for download with registration.