What's Happening with zs4 Development?
More and more often we're being queried about the lack of activity on our software projects. Obviously they still exist ( zs4 and the oldZweiStein ), but no new releases have been forthcoming for many months. This little message is meant to keep our users up to date on our activities and our plans. Read on if you're interested.
For about 10 years now, we've created video compositing programs and related utilities, primarily for our own use. A lot of our software development is driven by our own needs. We've build ZweiStein (3.01, Windows only) as a quick and dirty replacement for popular (expensive/bad) software in 1999, just to make our first music video "A Canadian In Berlin". We used the software for the production of several smaller video projects.
Since, our lives have taken several very interesting turns. We had a weekly set of gigs as a House Band in a Swiss spa resort. We tried our hands at gardening, construction and many other things. A few years later, must've been 2004/2005, the ZweiStein project was completely redesigned and continued under the name zs4. This new version of our software ended up running on several flavours of Linux, on OSX and on Windows. We used it to produce a whole pile of music videos ), the last in December 2006, more than a year after arriving in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Turns out, our music was appreciated more than our software. We're now playing music for actual pay and we're selling our lastest two CD's (A Canadian In Berlin and Thugs at Bay) successfully to a growing group of friends all across Nova Scotia and other places. That's what we've been up to...
In fact, on the 8th of December we rented a local soft-seater (refurbished cinema) and, on that same day, staged a set of two CD-release concerts, which we recorded with a digital 8-track audio recording machine and 4 mini-DV video cameras. The point? Making our very first DVD, slated for commercial replication and marketing. We're now at the beginning of a multi-month compositing/editing project, which will result in a DVD that features a complete live concert of t@b.
This will be a time when our own dissatisfaction with zs4 will likely prompt some updates and keep the software alive for another few months.
Thanks for your patience, Count (Andy Fl)inn.
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