Intel and MetaCreations are making available a specification for scaling and streaming 3D content on the Web.
The MetaStream 3D file format, developed by Intel Architecture Labs and MetaCreations, will enable web application developers to deploy compelling, photorealistic 3D web content, according to the companies.
The specification will support products such as the MetaFlash 3D camera being brought to market later this year by Kodak and Minolta, and MetaCreations newly announced Canoma software.
One of the key MetaStream features is scalability, which enables the content to automatically maximize performance and resolution according to available processing power of an individual’s computer. As a result, Web designers have the ability to set the detail, or frame rate, of 3D objects relative to the speed of the viewer’s computer, ensuring consistent, high-quality viewing.
MetaStream also provides progressive streaming, which allows users to experience 3D content from the moment downloading commences, similar to streamed audio or video files.
Intel and MetaCreations today published the open MetaStream file format (.mts) and sample code at http://www.metastream/developer. The companies are also planning to submit the format specifications to Internet standards organizations.
The MetaStream viewer plug-in is available as a free download from the MetaStream Web site http://www.metastream.com.
Minimum system requirements for MetaStream compatibility are a Pentium processor-based system, a 28.8 modem and a Netscape Communicator 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 browser.
MetaStream will be shipped by Microsoft as a component of Windows 98 and 2000.