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Popcast Releases Popcaster Beta v2.1

POPcast Communications Corp. Tuesday announced the beta 2.1 release of its POPcaster digital video encoding and conversion software for PCs.

POPcaster is intended to allow users to capture video through a wide variety of capture devices and convert files from AVI, MPEG and WAV formats to Microsoft's Advanced Streaming Format (ASF). Files saved in the ASF format can be uploaded to users' personal accounts on POPcast.com and can then be shared with others on the Net.

Once members of any POPcast-enabled Web portal have converted their digital video files and uploaded them to their accounts, they can then send a customized e-mail message containing a Web link to their content. They can also share videos in a variety of ways, such as video albums, video greeting cards and public showcases, the company said.

"We're working hard to make it as easy as possible for people to share video files over the Web," said William Mutual, POPcast's president and chairman.

"This proprietary tool was developed to make it simple for any consumer to prepare video files for streaming on the Web without requiring any digital video expertise."