Apple is going to showcase Channel Storm's software application Live Channel at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, from September 14 to 18.

Live Channel - which supports QuickTime 5.0.2 and Mac OS 9.2 - is the world's first software-only solution designed to replace a television studio, according to Channel Storm. It features real-time editing, high-quality encoding and real-time streaming.

Able to run on a standard desktop or portable computer without additional hardware, Live Channel handles all production and broadcasting steps in a single software application.

Live capabilities Live Channel supports multiple live video and audio sources, recorded clips, still images, logos, graphics and text. It also enables video switching, compositing and professional transitions, with real-time anti-aliasing.

Using its embedded server, it streams the programs as they are being produced for webcasts. Visitors to the annual broadcast-technology event will get a sneak preview of version 1.2 of Live Channel, which has the ability to record a live broadcast for video on-demand. Live Channel 1.2 is scheduled for release at Apple Expo, Paris, on September 26, 2001.

IBC is held at the Amsterdam RAI Congress Center and attracts more than 47,000 people from over 120 countries. IBC covers all the key areas of the electronic-media business including audio, cable, film, Internet, lighting, multimedia, production, post production, radio, satellite and transmission.