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  • Blog Post: Cool mention of Windows Vista Movie Maker and DVD Maker

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2193575,00.asp Yes I know it's a little gratuitous :-), but I got forwarded this link today and it is very cool to see someone that is really happy using the products you worked on. Also, I know I need to start writing some more posts here and try to add some content...
  • Blog Post: RAW Support

    I'm not sure how well known this is, but we did work in Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker to use the Windows Imaging Component (WIC) to make sure we supported images in the camera's RAW format. I know some folks like to shoot photos in the RAW format and previously you would have to convert those...
  • Blog Post: Moved teams

    I've been meaning to write this post for a while. For those that don't know I recently left the Video Memories Group to go and work on the Expression Media team. It was way back in 1999, that I left the Visual C++ libraries team to go and work in a new group that was going to do something with video...
  • Blog Post: Windows DVD Maker Command Line Options

    As well as the SDK , which you can use to build your own custom DVD menus, you can control which media is loaded upon startup and even get the burn to start automatically if desired. Eric has just written a post detailing how this can be done.
  • Blog Post: Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker SDK Released

    Looks like we've now got the Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker SDK available on microsoft.com. Link You can now create custom transitions and effects for Vista Movie Maker and your own custom DVD menu styles all using the power of the GPU.
  • Blog Post: Windows DVD Maker demonstrated in Billg's keynote at CES

    It’s always cool to see something you’ve personally worked on being demonstrated to a bunch of people and I guess it doesn’t get much bigger than the keynote at CES. You can watch the keynote on demand at the following link http://www.microsoft.com/ces/ (The Windows DVD Maker stuff starts around...
  • Blog Post: Windows DVD Maker and Aspect Ratios

    You may have noticed an innocent little setting in the options dialog called DVD aspect ratio. It allows you a single choice between 4:3 and 16:9. You might think this will cause everything on the disc to be rendered as 4:3 or 16:9. However, as you may be aware, DVD’s allow a mixture of aspect...
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 2

    Today, we announced the release of Vista Beta 2 . It’s very cool to know that the new versions of Movie Maker and especially Windows DVD Maker are suddenly going to be in a lot of people’s hands. Personally I’m very much looking forward to seeing the feedback as it rolls in. I’m now running Vista...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Vista Team Blog

    The Windows Vista team blog was recently launched and includes posts from Lorrin Maughan who is a Product Manager with the Windows Client Marketing organization which covers Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker. There is one post about the Windows Photo Gallery but expects more posts about Movie...
  • Blog Post: 4:3 - Now with extra pixels

    On my previous post, Rehan noticed that the 4:3 thumbnail didn't quite have the correct aspect ratio. Well thanks to Eric , thinks now look a little better.
  • Blog Post: DvdMaker and a little widescreen love

    I've always been a little frustrated with applications that don't support 16:9 content or don't support it very well. Many applications have traditionally started by assuming that video fits within a 4:3 area and then 16:9 content gets letterboxed within that area (or in worse cases just stretched)....
  • Blog Post: Windows Movie Maker on Vista

    We're releasing more details about Windows Movie Maker on Vista. Check out the following link for a few more details. Link One of the most exciting features (besides the fact that you can now use Windows DVD Maker to publish your MovieMaker projects directly to DVD), is that we now take advantage...
  • Blog Post: Windows DVD Maker

    I know I haven't posted much recently, but I'm hoping to fix that, especially as more and more information comes out about Windows Vista. The main thing I've been working on is Windows DVD Maker. Eric Gunnerson (who is on our team) has already posted a few articles including a few screenshots - check...
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