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    AVCHD Recipe for Expression Encoder 2

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    I've been chatting with Scott Stanfield , CEO of Vertigo about AVCHD camcorders and we discussed how to best implement an AVCHD workflow in Expression Encoder. I recently posted a "recipe" for how to import HDV footage and encode it using Expression...
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    Hosting Videos on Windows Azure

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    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...
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    How to Customize Expression Media Silverlight Galleries

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      Expression Media 2 includes support for publishing your catalogs as Silverlight galleries. Felix Andrew, who is the architect for Expression Media, recently wrote a nice article on how to customize one of the samples that is shipped with Expression...
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    Anonymous Comments are OK

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    No one comments here, so I decided to enable anonymous comments as an experiment to see if the MSDN registration thing is a big turn off. Go nuts, but I get to approve them before they appear :)
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    Free Expression!

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    Did you know that students can get Expression products for free? As part of Microsoft's family of developer tools, all Expression products are available at no charge to eligible students through DreamSpark. For more information on DreamSpark together...
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    Setting up Windows Azure for video storage

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    In this post, I assume that you have already provisioned a Windows Azure account and have an active subscription. Step by step instructions for doing this are provided here . The top-level post with a table of contents to all the related posts is here...
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    DeepZoomPix Coolness

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    MSN Brazil is using DeepZoomPix on their site show off pictures from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The DeepZoomPix photo exploration experience engages site visitors, which means they’ll spend longer on the site, which is boon to any site that uses advertising...
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    Embedding a Silverlight Video in a Blog

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    In this post, I will describe how to use Windows Live Writer to embed a Silverlight video into a blog post. You will need: (1) an active Windows Azure subscription , (2) an active Windows Azure storage service , (3) a Silverlight video player application...
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    How to Retrieve Files from Silverlight Streaming (SLS) and Post to Windows Azure

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    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...
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    How to Force Expression Encoder 2 Express Mode

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    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...
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    HDV Recipe for Expression Encoder 2

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        If you shoot HD video using a tape-based camera, you're probably shooting HDV. Assuming you don't need to do extensive editing to your video, you can ingest these HDV tapes directly into Expression Encoder 2 using a couple of readily available...
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    Expression Media is Going to Photokina

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    Expression Media will be represented at Photokina in Cologne, Germany from September 23rd to 28th. We’ll be there together with the Rich Media Group . If you’re attending, stop by Hall 04.1 Stand H049 G031 and say hello. Also, let me know if you have...
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    iView/Expression Media London Meet-up

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    Some of the Expression Media team will be in the UK the week of September 15th just before Photokina . I’ll be there to attend REMIX 08 in Brighton and am thinking about organising an informal meet up for iView and Expression Media users. I f...
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    Expression Media Survey Results

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    Two weeks ago I opened a survey to learn more about iView and Expression Media customers, who use the product primarily for managing photos. Since a number of you took the time to offer the requested feedback, I wanted to share with you some of the survey...
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    Silverlight Galleries in Expression Media 2

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    Expression Media 2 features support for creating Silverlight web galleries, which means interactive galleries rather than plain, boring, static HTML, which after all is so 1999. Apart from being animated, fluid and cool, Silverlight galleries are useful...
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    New Pro-AVCHD Cameras

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    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...
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    CTV Streams HD Content with Silverlight

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    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....
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    A Small Production System - Disk Performance

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    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...
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    Creating and Publishing a Silverlight Video to Windows Azure

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    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...
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    A Small Production System - Current Status

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    We're doing more and more video work in my team, the latest being some of the videos used for our Expression 3/Silverlight 3 launch in San Francisco last week. You'll be able to see some of these on www.seethelight.com soon. Because one of the standout...
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    Streaming Media West

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    This week, I'm at Streaming Media West in San Jose, California. Seeing the sun, blue skies and relatively warm weather is a pleasant change from the rain swept northwest. Today is a special pre-conference half-day workshop on Live Broadcasting with Silverlight...
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    DeepZoomPix: a new way of experiencing photos

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    Today, we unveiled an exciting technology demo called DeepZoomPix. It enables you to experience a rich way of interacting with large numbers of high resolution photos. The best part is that you can use your own photos either by direct upload, Facebook...
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    CDNetworks Does Smooth Streaming

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    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...
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    Broadcast News

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    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...
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    Eye-Fi

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    Ziv Gilat 's Eye-Fi demo at the ProPhoto Summit today was awesome. For those who don't know, Eye-Fi is a 2GB SD card that has built-in WiFi. When I first saw it at MacWorld in January, it simply used your home WiFi network to upload pictures you shot...
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