This is intended to be a complete suite of applications for editing, encoding, and streaming DV footage in Windows media or Real formats. It can be used by companies for their product marketing and PR, educational institutions for distant learning, etc. It brings together three well-known Discreet products—Cleaner 5.1 (reviewed in PCQuest March 2002), Cinestream 3.1 (reviewed in May 2002) and Cleaner Live 2. A common installer installs these three components. However, the interfaces to these are independent of each other.
As a bundle, Cleaner Streaming Studio is an investment worth
|CLEANER STREAMING STUDIO|
|Educational institutions, corporate PR departments, professional webcasters|
|Real video, Windows Media and QuickTime format output, captures video from DV camera, edits and publishes it as web stream or on-demand video|
|Easy wizards, self descriptive user interface|
Cleaner 5 is a content mastering solution and finds use mostly in web streaming. It allows you to capture, author, apply filters, encode/compress and publish media in various well-known formats (RealMedia, Windows Media or QuickTime). Finally, Cleaner Live 2 is a program to deliver live web streaming content and also to archive it for on-demand use. This has a simple visual flow-chart kind of an interface that allows you to monitor the complete sequence chain of processes happening. It also has an event presenter that allows you to integrate MS PowerPoint slideshows into a Web stream.
The Bottom Line: The product is priced at Rs 37,500 in the Indian market. At the time we reviewed Cleaner 5 and CineStream, they were priced at Rs 30,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. So, as a bundle, Cleaner Streaming Studio is definitely an investment worth its price.
Ashish Sharma at PCQ Labs