self-contained emails that combine graphics, audio and video content into a
compact HTML file that can be played back on any Windows or Macintosh PC. Other
than a browser containing a Java Virtual Machine, no special hardware or software
is required to play back the Videogram.
compression techniques, the entire content of the web page is enclosed in the
HTML file except for the Java applets. And since the Java applets are so small
(less than 15KB), the latest versions of the players can be downloaded in seconds
over the Internet when the user wants to play the Videogram.
made from previously recorded video or from video captured using Alaris
Videogram Creator software. The audio and video data is encoded by the Videogram
Creator software into a self contained HTML file. When viewed, the HTML file
looks just like a normal web page with a video window where the encoded video
is played back. The video clip starts playing immediately when the HTML file
played back by very small Java applets that are automatically downloaded over
the Internet. The Java applets are so small (less than 15KB for both the audio
and video players) that they load in seconds over any Internet connection. There
is no separate download and software installation process. And because the audio
and video playback is done by Java applets that cannot access your computers
hard disk or other local resources, Videograms are a highly secure way to deliver
You can download
a free demonstration copy of Alaris Videogram Creator software at
http://www.videogram.com and make your
own Videograms. Or go to http://www.rightbits.com
to get more information on the LittleBits technology behind Videograms.
- Highly Secure
Videograms use Java applets to play back the audio and video data.
The Java applets are limited by the security features of the Java Virtual
Machine and your browser and have no access to local resources including the
hard disk and other local data. Videograms are therefore just as secure as
the Java Virtual Machine loaded on your PC.
- Works on
Macintosh & Windows PCs
The same Videogram will play on a Macintosh or a Windows PC. Since
the Videogram uses Java applets to play back, cross platform compatibility
- Simple to
Use There is no separate software to download or install before
you can view a Videogram. When a Videogram is received, you just open the
file as a web page and the audio and video content starts playing immediately.
Users dont need to know anything about video files, Media Players or
complex download and installation procedures. With Videograms, users can feel
secure that the Videogram email cannot access his computer and will not alter
anything in his system.
- Small Size
Videogram files are very small when compared to the original data or
other methods of encoding video. Typically, excellent quality video can be
encoded at less than one megabyte per minute of audio and video data.
Quality Videograms can encode and play back video at a full 30
frames per second and at resolutions up to 320x240. In side by side comparisons,
we have found that Videograms compressed with LittleBits codecs surpass other
solutions in both quality, frame rate and file size.
- Video Stored
Locally Videograms are delivered complete except for the small
Java applets (typically less than 15KB). Recipients do not have to download
the video data each time it is played back.
Only Browser with Java Virtual Machine
Videograms require that the recipients PC contain a browser with
a Java Virtual Machine (1.x to 2.x). This requirement is satisfied by most
Windows PCs and all Macintoshs (although Microsoft is not shipping the
Java Virtual Machine with Windows XP, most OEMs are bundling the Java
Virtual Machine from Sun on machines that ship with Windows XP). Alternatively,
users can eliminate the need of the Java applets by downloading an ActiveX
player on Windows PCs or the Quicktime plug-in on Macintoshs.
Viewing a Videogram
designed to play back like any other web page. All you need is a browser
(e.g., Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.) with the Java Virtual Machine enabled.
Since Videograms are delivered as HTML files, double-clicking on the file will
launch your default browser if it is not already open and the Videogram will
start playing back immediately in a new browser window.
If You Have
Problems Viewing a Videogram
web access to play using the standard Java applets. If you do not see any video,
it may be due to your browsers inability to get the Java applets or your
browser may not have the Java Virtual Machine installed.
To play the Videogram
without the Java applets, you can download the ActiveX player if you are using
a Windows PC or the Quicktime plug-in if you are using a Macintosh. The ActiveX
player and Quicktime plug-in are very small and will only take a few minutes
to download and install in your computer.
If you have
a Windows PC:
Download ActiveX Videogram Player
If you have a Macintosh:
Download Quicktime Plug-in
What makes a Videogram
different than sending a AVI or MOV file? What about other video email and video
In some cases,
videos encoded at the maximum resolution will require the ActiveX player. Playback
quality is highly dependent upon the performance of the Java VM on the recipients