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JAHSHAKA AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE POST WITH OPEN SOURCE TOOLS

May 18, 2006
JAHSHAKA AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE POST WITH OPEN SOURCE TOOLS

Hardware accelerated using OpenGL and built using cross-platform technology, the software runs equally well on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms.   The tool has been under development since January 2000 and is available as a public download at: www.Jahshaka.org. To date the Project has had more than 500,000 downloads.? The latest release includes JahPlayer, a cross-platform media player that eliminates the need to install software for multiple media players. The tool supports 2K and 4K playback of everything from media files to raw image sequences. It is different from most many players in that it is able to maintain the aspect ratio of the source and it uses a completely hardware-accelerated pipeline. Future versions will include realtime color correction, realtime 3D scene files and A/B playback. ?What makes Jahshaka different from other video production software is that it is being developed as an open source project. The software is freely available and a community of users is contributing to its development. ??“We believe that Jahshaka will fundamentally change the way digital content is created by putting powerful, professional quality tools into the hands of anyone who wants them,” says Karsten Becker, founder of the Jahshaka Project. “This product significantly lowers the barrier to entry in video production by eliminating costly software licensing fees and it taps into the creativity and talent of the community of users by making them active participants in its ongoing development. Our motto is participation equals ownership.”??As an open source project, Jahshaka integrates seamlessly with other software tools. It also has the potential to develop faster and attain greater functionality and flexibility than current tools developed as closed source products.