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  • Blog Post: How to Retrieve Files from Silverlight Streaming (SLS) and Post to Windows Azure

    This article is now of historical interest only since the SLS service is no longer available. In this post, I will provide step-by-step instructions for retrieving videos and Silverlight applications that you had previously hosted on the Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live Beta, which...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Publishing a Silverlight Video to Windows Azure

    In this post, I will describe how to use Microsoft Expression Encoder 3 to encode and publish a Silverlight video player to a Windows Azure storage account. You will need: (1) an active Windows Azure subscription , (2) an active Windows Azure storage service and (3) installed Microsoft Expression Encoder...
  • Blog Post: Provisioning Windows Azure

    In this post, I will show you how to sign-up for Windows Azure. To complete this, you will require: a physical address, a telephone number, a Windows Live ID and a valid credit card. The top-level post with a table of contents to all the related posts is here . 1. Go to www.azure.com – it will...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Videos on Windows Azure

    This is going to be a series of long posts. With Silverlight Streaming (silverlight.live.com) being discontinued , I thought I’d write up the detailed steps required to host videos using Windows Azure. Since many people who host videos using Silverlight Live Streaming are not technical or development...
  • Blog Post: Alicia Keys Live from the Apollo this Thursday at 6pm PST – Powered by Microsoft Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming

    On Thursday at 6pm Pacific Time, you’re invited to see Alicia Keys perform live ! Watch the exclusive promo below. Our World Live (OWL) , a music marketing and broadcasting company, is partnering with Billboard.com to bring music fans a new internet concert series. Billboardlive.com utilizes OWL's state...
  • Blog Post: Innovative France 24 Silverlight Player (Updated)

    Updated 10/14/2009: Player is now live on the front page of the France 24 website. Changed the link to the new player, which has removed some of the interactive features, no doubt to return later. France 24, the French 24 hour news channel, has introduced a new Silverlight-based player that also uses...
  • Blog Post: Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards

    We’ve been nominated in three categories for the 2009 Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards. There are 22 categories in all and run the gamut from content to technologies. You can enter your votes here . We’ve been nominated in the following categories: Best Streaming Innovation: Microsoft Smooth Streaming...
  • Blog Post: Roll Up! Roll Up! Get Your Smooth Streaming Here!

    Want to know more about Smooth Streaming in the real world? Join us on Thursday October 15th at 11am Pacific time for a special live web broadcast hosted by Streaming Media Magazine. Dan Rayburn of Streaming Media Magazine will moderate the discussion between our very own Chris Knowlton who is a senior...
  • Blog Post: 70th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

    To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Netflix is doing two very special events: A live “Songs from Oz” concert in Central Park featuring songs from the movie. The concert is being streamed on-demand using Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology. A special free presentation of the remastered...
  • Blog Post: Canal+ Launches FOOT+ Soccer Channel in Silverlight

    Groupe CANAL, the premiere pay television channel in France with 10.6 million subscribers, is adopting Microsoft Silverlight for their FOOT+ online streaming video service . devoted to covering French and European soccer. FOOT+, which is an additional subscription service to Canal+ customers, provides...
  • Blog Post: A Small Production System - Disk Performance

    Uncompressed (or lightly compressed) video needs lots of disk space. More than that, if you’re capturing live video, that disk capacity needs to be fast. I’m using a Blackmagic Intensity Pro video capture card. It will capture 1080p uncompressed if your system can support that. It comes with a handy...
  • Blog Post: CDNetworks Does Smooth Streaming

    CDNetworks, a Korea-based CDN has introduced support for Smooth Streaming and it looks great! You can check it out for yourself by visiting http://www.nextsmooth.com . What’s particularly nice is the demo player shown above. You can see high-quality movie trailers, which have been encoded at seven...
  • Blog Post: CTV Streams HD Content with Silverlight

    CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has some great high definition content on their HD Beta site . Using Microsoft’s new Smooth Streaming technology , CTV is using Silverlight and Akamai’s CDN to stream high quality content with no stuttering. Not all of the content is geo-locked. You can check...
  • Blog Post: Broadcast News

    Colleagues in the field highlighted a couple of nice broadcast news sites outside the United States using Silverlight. Even better, they aren’t geo-locked so you can have a play with them no matter where you are. And even better if you are French or Italian speaking – they are in your language! ...
  • Blog Post: How to Force Expression Encoder 2 Express Mode

    Expression Encoder Express is a free version of Expression Encoder. If you have the full version and want to force Express mode (for testing purposes perhaps), there are two ways to do so: Registry Key Method [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Expression\Encoder\2.0] "ExpressVersion"...
  • Blog Post: How Netflix does encoding

    Ever wondered how Netflix encodes their video material for their streaming service? This blog post from their chief product office, Neil Hunt, goes into some considerable detail.
  • Blog Post: Netflix Brings "Watch Instantly" to Mac Users with Silverlight

    I love Netflix and I love their Watch Instantly feature, which enabled me to discover and catch up with Heroes, re(discover) classics and watch some admittedly dubious films that I would have never otherwise bothered with. Mostly, I use the feature on my Windows Media Center Edition PC that is plugged...
  • Blog Post: Photokina Day 1

    Yesterday was the first day of Photokina. I spent much of the day on the Microsoft stand talking to people about Expression Media. I did get a chance to walk around a little and stopped by the Canon stand over in Hall 3. Most of the interest was around the 5D Mark II and to a lesser extent the 50D. All...
  • Blog Post: Cuts Editing

    Here's a hot new feature that will enhance how we do cuts editing in Expression Encoder. We're looking at implementing this in a future version of Expression Encoder - check out the video! :) Joking aside, this video shows the origin of the term "cuts editing" complete with razor blade and...
  • Blog Post: The Secret Compressionist's Ball

    OK, so it wasn't secret and it wasn't a ball either but I couldn't resist the reference. Ben Waggoner hosted a party for video compressionists at NAB this year and I dragged myself there. I was feeling worse for wear not because of over-indulgences in Vegas, but rather the effects of a nasty 76 hour...
  • Blog Post: New Pro-AVCHD Cameras

    I have a love/hate relationship with AVCHD . My little Canon HG10 is a hard-drive AVCHD high-definition camcorder. It is small, takes beautiful video, has a nice lens and generally does pretty much everything you could want from a consumer-grade device. What's not to like? The editing workflow. Quite...
  • Blog Post: NAB Report

    My first NAB is over and both my voice and feet are glad! It was a good event - good for Microsoft, good for me in terms of making contacts and getting to know the industry a little bit better. NAB consists of a number of things: Demoing stuff at your booth, Checking out other booths, Setting up, missing...
  • Blog Post: Why all the Video Stuff?

    In addition to Expression Media, I am now the product manager for Expression Encoder. Read more about the Encoder team on the official team blog .
  • Blog Post: A Guide to Digital Video

      I'm toying with the idea of writing a document on techniques for producing quality Silverlight video. As part of my research, I've been spending time looking at various freely available documents and came across this standout resource published by Quantel (who basically invented modern broadcast...
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