Expression Encoder SDK is out!
Average: 0One of the neat features of Expression Encoder 2 we've been talking about is its .NET object model interface for automation. I'm happy to report that it's now available for download! Here it is Sample projectsIt includes a number of sample projects (quoting from the help file). These are a good…
What a difference a half-decade makes! Live VC-1 today and at launch
Average: 0A recent conversation over at the Streaming Media Advanced list sparked a rant from me about the importance of comparing implementations of codecs, not just codecs. To that end, I thought I'd do a demo to show how much improvement there's been in Windows Media since the launch of Windows Media 9…
Videos from the "Secret Compressionist's Ball"
Average: 0I've always called my annual compressionists party something like the "Ben Waggoner Compressionist's Party" but David Sayed from the Expression Encoder team suggests the much better name of the "Secret Compressionist's Ball"Better yet, he's got a couple of video interviews from…
Expression Suite 2 and Expression Encoder 2 now shipping!
Average: 0May 1st is a happy day for me! I went over to www.microsoft.com/expression, and was delighted to find that the Expression Studio 2 is now shipping, including the final version of Expression Encoder 2. There's a 30-day trial available for download. Boxed copies of Studio are available today at…
Hands on with high-touch encoding: Streaming Media All-Stars Redo
Average: 0IntroductionAs Expression Encoder 2 approaches its immenent release, I've been using it for more and more real-world projects. This recent one was particularly chewy fun, and I thought it would make a good tutorial for a high-touch workflow. As you may remember from a few weeks ago, I was one of…
An exhaused me talks to James Clarke about Expression Encoder 2
Average: 0Oops, forgot to post this video clip of a VERY exhaused me at Mix talking to Expression Encoder's James Clarke about 2.0. The clip itself is actually quarter HD (960x540), so double-click on it to take it full screen.Could be a good case study for the captioning features in Silverlight...
Tutorial: Encoding screen recordings for Silverlight in VC-1 with Expression Encoder 2
Average: 0One of the best parts of my job at Microsoft is when I can put aside the video strategy stuff and do some real-world hands-on video compression encoding for a project. My friends on the IIS team asked me to encode their new tutorials for Silverlight playback, and I thought it was a great project to…
Tip: ClearType off for screen recordings
Average: 0I've been playing around a bunch with screen recordings lately (as you'll see in my next blog post), and I've noticed a pretty common problem: people leaving ClearType on while recording. ClearType is cool stuff, adding improved anti-aliasing on LCD displays. But the way it works is by taking…
iStreamPlanet - Streaming Media Experts
Average: 0Working to get the SxSW Ice Cube concert streamed live in Silverlight, I've gotten to know Mio and Randy at iStreamPlanet. Because of their expertise in streaming live events to the web, Microsoft contracts with them to do many live events like the Mix keynotes. I sat down with them at…
My "Encoding Video for Microsoft Silverlight" presentation from MIX is up
Average: 0And here it is. You can watch in Silverlight, or download in WMV or for iPod or Zune.