Best practices for Windows Media Encoder in 2009

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    steenman

    Thanks for your blog.
    I appreciate the info you have on encoding.
    Before your read this id like you to know that i appreciate improvements made to EEv2 compared to WM9 encoder.

    About the EEv2 which i use for post production quite a bit I’d like to see improvements in the marker and script handling.
    Although no one has been able to provide cross browser support for ActiveX, it would be nice if EEv2 could save the Markers and Scripts in a single text file. And also read or import these.
    Also the copy past of all Scripts to Markers would be a super good improvement.

    I don’t use EEv2 in Live situations because of the user interface which has been thought through in WME9.
    For example adding a marker returns to the Command parameter which makes WME9 superior for agile encoding gigs of one man.
    Or then the interface of EEv2 needs explaining.
    Some simple additions would improve the Application also:
    A simple sound when a script has been added to the stream.
    The ability to see how loaded the CPU and memory is when doing Live encoding.

    The Saving of a Job of a post production to .XEJ is not familiar of any application i know of.
    Nor does it work properly. For example if you misplace a file, EEv2 Job can not locate it again.
    Right clicking the missing file gives an option of "Open File Location", which does not work ATM.

    Also encoding 2 instances on a same machine is impossible with EEv2 ATM as it crashes (in the beginning).

    There are still challenges with EEv2 handling WMcodecs in some instances:
    For example when you edit a WM file (II use 9 codec) and append the file it might go out of AV sync.
    In the same case the Audio leveler while cranking it up has produced blank audio spots.
    Appending might produce blank audio spots also.
    Furthermore I’d like to see the Scripts and Markers also survive the appending of the file that is added.

    Most of these were just repeated on a brand new Vista laptop and EE SP1.

    I have given this info on WMTalk before and i know some of these issues, if not all will be fixed some day.

  • User profile image
    steenman

    Thanks for your blog.
    I appreciate the info you have on encoding.
    Before your read this id like you to know that i appreciate improvements made to EEv2 compared to WM9 encoder.

    About the EEv2 which i use for post production quite a bit I’d like to see improvements in the marker and script handling.
    Although no one has been able to provide cross browser support for ActiveX, it would be nice if EEv2 could save the Markers and Scripts in a single text file. And also read or import these.
    Also the copy past of all Scripts to Markers would be a super good improvement.

    I don’t use EEv2 in Live situations because of the user interface which has been thought through in WME9.
    For example adding a marker returns to the Command parameter which makes WME9 superior for agile encoding gigs of one man.
    Or then the interface of EEv2 needs explaining.
    Some simple additions would improve the Application also:
    A simple sound when a script has been added to the stream.
    The ability to see how loaded the CPU and memory is when doing Live encoding.

    The Saving of a Job of a post production to .XEJ is not familiar of any application i know of.
    Nor does it work properly. For example if you misplace a file, EEv2 Job can not locate it again.
    Right clicking the missing file gives an option of "Open File Location", which does not work ATM.

    Also encoding 2 instances on a same machine is impossible with EEv2 ATM as it crashes (in the beginning).

    There are still challenges with EEv2 handling WMcodecs in some instances:
    For example when you edit a WM file (II use 9 codec) and append the file it might go out of AV sync.
    In the same case the Audio leveler while cranking it up has produced blank audio spots.
    Appending might produce blank audio spots also.
    Furthermore I’d like to see the Scripts and Markers also survive the appending of the file that is added.

    Most of these were just repeated on a brand new Vista laptop and EE SP1.

    I have given this info on WMTalk before and i know some of these issues, if not all will be fixed some day.

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    RalphWaldo

    Ben,

    Couple basic questions:

    1. Is the VC-1 Encoder NOT provided in the Format SDK delivered with WMP 11.

    2. Is the VC-1 Encoder provided with the Expression Encoder.

    3. When I download WME 9, am I getting WME 9, or does it depand on which version of WMP is installed.

    4. Are the hotfixes you specified for Vista required even with  WMP 11

    thx

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    RalphWaldo

    Ben,

    Couple basic questions:

    1. Is the VC-1 Encoder NOT provided in the Format SDK delivered with WMP 11.

    2. Is the VC-1 Encoder provided with the Expression Encoder.

    3. When I download WME 9, am I getting WME 9, or does it depand on which version of WMP is installed.

    4. Are the hotfixes you specified for Vista required even with  WMP 11

    thx

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    benwaggoner
    @RalphWaldo

    1. Correct. It's a newer implementation than FSDK 11 (4th generation of VC-1 compared to 3rd generation, if you will).
    2. Yes. That's what EEv2 uses for VC-1 encoding.
    3. You just get WME the app. It'll use whatever .dll files you have as part of the SDK.
    4. Yes, those hotfixes should be installed in addition to WMP and WME.
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    benwaggoner

    @steenman,

    Great suggestions. I'll pass them on to the Expression Encoder team.

    As for exporting and importing script and marker streams, have you experimented with the XML import/export features inside EE? Did that work for you at all? I've found it pretty easy to manipuate those with Excel.

    I very commonly run multiple instances of EEv2 SP1 without any issues. Can you provide any more details on what you're trying and what errors you're getting?

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    steenman

    I have to use XML style of import export and it would be great if the information was in 1 file instead of 2.
    Also the clicking of the warnings that Office gives about how to handle these particular XML files is annoying.
    The saving and all adds, if i remember correectly an extra 7 clicks when  you decide where you want these files to be without overwriting the originals.

    Just before making that earlier post i had a brand new Vista SP1 macine with a brand new Expression Studio SP1 installed.
    I was experimenting with the Live Encoding side to remember the things why i still use WME9.
    I tried to encode from an MSI usb capture stick and another (Terratec, if i remember correct), live capture, simultaniously when EEv2 crashed.
    Both worked separately.
    I do this all the time with my XP WME9 setup computers. Usually the other source is a VGA capture device.
    I am enrolled in the customer experience program so you have the info on that I presume.

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    steenman

    I have to use XML style of import export and it would be great if the information was in 1 file instead of 2.
    Also the clicking of the warnings that Office gives about how to handle these particular XML files is annoying.
    The saving and all adds, if i remember correectly an extra 7 clicks when  you decide where you want these files to be without overwriting the originals.

    Just before making that earlier post i had a brand new Vista SP1 macine with a brand new Expression Studio SP1 installed.
    I was experimenting with the Live Encoding side to remember the things why i still use WME9.
    I tried to encode from an MSI usb capture stick and another (Terratec, if i remember correct), live capture, simultaniously when EEv2 crashed.
    Both worked separately.
    I do this all the time with my XP WME9 setup computers. Usually the other source is a VGA capture device.
    I am enrolled in the customer experience program so you have the info on that I presume.

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