The BeOS MediaKit is an architecture for handling and manipulating media in real time. It allows you to deploy so-called media nodes, which have an arbitrary number of inputs and outputs in some format. The format can be anything media: audio, video, timecode, text or anything else. The nodes can then be networked system-wide to construct effect pipelines.

Some basic nodes are included with the BeOS: audio in and out (your soundcard), video out (a window), video in (a Bt848 or DV device) and an audio mixer. There's also a freeware wrapper for Cubase VST plugins.

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