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Building a Silverlight player for Channel 9

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Mike Sampson, your friendly-neighborhood media-encoding and SCRUM specialist, lives in the office right next to mine.  I managed to walk the 12 steps over there and talk to him about what he's recently been working on, mainly a Silverlight player for version 4 of Channel 9

He discusses how he was able to reuse the code that comes with Expression Encoder and how, as the developer, he can code the player while the designer David Shadle can work on the design.

A preview of the player is available on Channel 8 today and I'm expecting the player to go live on the Channel 9 beta sometime in the near future.


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  • ixdatulixdatul Missed it by that much...

    Good Vid.

    I don't know why, but I was drawn into the Star Destroyer the whole video and had to watch it twice.

    Cool features in Silverlight though, hoping to get a copy of Expressions Suite sometime in the near future so I can play around a bit more in it.

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Great job, guys! Smiley
  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"
    If you'd like to see Silverlight on this site in the near future, check out this thread.
  • JonathonWCannot​Resolve​Symbol Microsoft: Who do you want to execute today?
    Duncanma wrote:
    If you'd like to see Silverlight on this site in the near future, check out this thread.

    And you can see this video in said Silverlight player, too (suprised you didn't link it):  http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=344297&silverlight=true

    Very cool (beats streaming using WMP hands-down).
  • Tim HeuerTimHeuer Tim Heuer
    i also did a screencast about some of this a few weeks back -- "cheating" at creating a media player Smiley

  • Stefán Jökull SigurðarsonStebet Internet spaceships is serious ​business​3;
    This is all well and good if it weren't for the fact that now i'm getting errors thrown on all the video pages that use the Silverlight player (which seem to be this one as well as the one about SP1 at least) Sad

    "Unable to load media 'mms://mschnlnine.wmod.llnwd.net/and/rest/of/the/huge/url/to/the/wmvfile.wmv'.

    I'm getting this error on everywhere the silverlight player is embedded, even on the frontpage Sad
  • Stefán Jökull SigurðarsonStebet Internet spaceships is serious ​business​3;
    Also, i seem to be getting the silverlight player regardless of the additional query parameter Perplexed
  • Alexei PavlovBlackTiger If you stumbled and fell down, it doesn't mean yet, that you're going in the wrong direction.

    In present moment it's impossible to play videos on Channel8 site... Cool

  • Mike SampsonSampy And I come back to you now - at the turn of the tide
    I'm not getting any errors on either 8 or 9 on any page.

    Can you post your OS, browser, and version of Silverlight as well as the full error text and symptoms you are getting?

    I haven't tried other OS's but I am able to play videos just fine on Windows in either Firefox or IE. Silverlight is currently only supported under XP, 2k3, Vista, and Mac OS 10.4.8+ (intel or PPC). Only Firefox and IE are supported on Windows, Firefox and Safari on Mac.
  • Mike SampsonSampy And I come back to you now - at the turn of the tide
    Please post all error reports in this thread:

  • I think I watched an interview on the star destroyer.. lol

    no seriously sounds good and I cant wait to startup some pet projects using silverlight.
  • The seeking bar in the player on this page has some issues: Trying seek to specific previous position after the video has been playing for a while such as 5:00 after video is at 5:50 results the slider going to 2:00 but if you release it it does play from 5:00.
  • Yeah - so now Windows 2000 users like me can't see all the channel 9 vidoes online!
  • I was using Firefox with Silverlight 1.1, I came across the "Unable to load media" message too, I thought that was because I was connecting internet by proxy, after I enabled the direct connection, the message didn't show again and the video played perfectly!

    Silverlight doesn't read the proxy settings of firefox?[C]
    But the player is good, excellent work!
  • Raise your hand if you immediately double-clicked the player when Sampy said that he got Fullscreen-on-double-click for free just by wiring in the Silverlight Player?

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  • Is it not possible to make the player hide the cursor when fullscreen? Neither silverlight nor flash seems to support this, is it a limitation of the browser or something?
  • Adam KinneyAdamKinney Agent of Change
    Yes, its possible just not implemented.
    Cut and pasted code:
    .control.content.fullScreen = true;
    "Page").cursor = "none";

    this.control.content.fullScreen = false;
    "Page").cursor = "default";
  • Mike SampsonSampy And I come back to you now - at the turn of the tide

    Honestly, I had no idea Full Screen was even available on this player.

    I'll get that in there on our next update.

  • Mike seems very pleased to work at Microsoft Big Smile But who doesn't? Smiley
    Nice demo Mike!

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