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Telestream: Making a Switch

Telestream is showing Switch, a new multiformat media player that’s built on the same technologies the company developed for its professional transcoding tools.

“In today’s digital environment, the number of different resolutions, compression algorithms, and formats has increased, and so has the need for tools to be able to open, play, inspect and correct the growing number of media files available,” Telestream observed. “Media professionals today resort to using a collection of tools including players, inspectors, analysers, and converters, to do their jobs.”

Switch was designed bring these tasks into a single software package. “Telestream is in a unique position to leverage our decades of experience in developing media-centric products to design a powerful, and simple, tool,” said Barbara DeHart, VP of desktop business, Telestream. “Switch gives anyone dealing with the production, distribution, or packaging of content everything they need to play it, check it and switch it.“

Switch also enables packaging and distribution of content to media platforms, such as iTunes. “For professionals producing content for distribution to the iTunes store, Switch will save them a huge amount of time, and largely automates what today is mostly a manual process.”

Playback and basic inspection is available for free in Switch Player. Switch Pro adds additional format support, and the ability to export or change file properties. Version 1.0 is available for Mac, with support for Windows coming later in the year.