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Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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    What can I do if I upgrade to Windows XP SP2 and Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is not installed successfully?

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    [EDIT - 06/28/05: Added information of extra folder location in Step 6 below] Well first of all you should check to see whether Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is properly installed. To determine this we need to do the following: · Go to the folder...
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    Images and Windows Movie Maker

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    [Article updated Apr 26th 04 to show how to create a video file that is more than one frame] A few weeks ago, in the Windows Movie Maker newsgroup, there was a thread about images and what size they should be created at to work optimally without being...
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    Movie Maker 2.1

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    As I said in my introduction we've just released Windows XP SP2 . This contains Version 2.1 of Windows Movie Maker which contains a few new features and a bunch of bug fixes. Over the next few days I'll try to talk about some of the work we've done in...
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    Windows Movie Maker on Vista

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    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...
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    Where can you get GraphEdit?

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    For those that are interested in checking out the DirectShow GraphEdit tool as talked about in the So what’s the difference between a filter and a codec? post, you can download it as part of the DirectX SDK . Once installed I believe a menu shortcut is...
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    Bingo

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    The other day my wife had volunteered to help out with the Halloween festivities at my son’s school. As part of this, she wanted to organize a game of bingo for the kids. I promised to help and went online to search for some halloween bingo cards that...
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    That nice new Compatibilty tab in Windows Movie Maker 2.1

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    One of my favourite features in Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is something that we internally called “Filter Resiliency”. As many of you probably know Movie Maker is based on DirectShow . DirectShow works by using a bunch of DirectShow filters that are registered...
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    So what’s the difference between a filter and a codec?

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    These are two words that are probably used more than most on the Movie Maker newsgroups and sometimes you’ll notice the words are used synonymously. So is a filter the same as a codec or not? Well in actual fact they’re not exactly the same as I’ll try...
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    Windows DVD Maker and Aspect Ratios

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    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...
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    MovieMaker Timeline Preview

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    The topic of video and especially photos on the timeline looking “blurry” in the preview window is a topic that is becoming increasingly popular on the newsgroups. Digital Cameras have a much higher resolution than video so you can be understandably concerned...
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    Helping Chris Pirillo

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    I managed to come across Chris Pirillo's post where he said he was breaking up with Vista . Well his number 2 reason was that Windows Movie Maker crashes on a regular basis. Well I couldn't let that statement go without saying something :-), so I posted...
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    DVD Burning with Movie Maker in Media Center 2005

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    I thought some of you might be interested in more details on how the Save to DVD option works in Movie Maker in Media Center 2005 . ISV’s can register their programs so they appear in the list of applications available when the Save To DVD option is selected...
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    What does a more complicated Movie Maker timeline look like?

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    In my previous articles Collection Preview vs. Timeline Preview , Transitions on the timeline , and Effects on the timeline I showed what a DirectShow graph looks like for very simple MovieMaker timelines. Well what do they look like if you have a timeline...
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    Xbox games in 720p

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    We've announced the initial list of original Xbox games that will be playable on the Xbox 360. Compatible List The cool thing that was announced though, is that the games will be up scaled to 720p utilizing the anti-aliasing capabilities of the...
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    Collection Preview vs. Timeline Preview

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    If you drag one clip to the timeline within Windows Movie Maker and preview it you may think that the process that goes on is very similar to when you preview the clip within the collection view. Well, although there are a few similarities there are a...
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    Creating Custom Effects and Transitions in Windows Movie Maker

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    Not quite happy with the supplied transitions and effects in Movie Maker? Well for all you developers out there, you can create your own custom effects and transitions for use in Windows Movie Maker. Just check out the following article in MSDN which...
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    Intellisense and Help file for Expression Encoder 2 Object Model

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    Just posted a link to the Intellisense and Help files for the object model to the Expression Encoder Team blog. Head over, try them out and let us know what you think. Thanks Link
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    DV Pass-through

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    DV pass-through is a feature that some DV cameras have which allow you to connect an analog signal to one of their inputs, and the camera will convert the signal to DV and output it to its DV port. This can be a nice way of capturing an analog signal...
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    Earthquake Effect

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    Someone over on the WindowsMovie Maker.NET forums wanted an Earthquake effect. Link - Earth Quake Effect ? jeb314 replied with a little XML snipped to create a custom effect based upon the Age filter. He modified the parameters to turn the Age value...
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    Hooray for Visa Enhancement Services

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    I bought a laptop back in December 2002. I didn’t opt for the extended warrantee as it wasn’t that cheap and typically once computers work they tend to be pretty reliable. One thing I didn’t counter for was that I would take the laptop to work in the...
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    PhotoStory 3 is released today

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    PhotoStory 3 is released today and the great news is that it's free for verified Windows XP owners. Sean Alexander writes about some of the new features on his blog . I think using PhotoStory and MovieMaker together is a great combination to turn your...
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    DvdMaker and a little widescreen love

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    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...
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    Effects on the timeline

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    As promised on my post about transitions , here is how effects work. Effects are very similar to transitions, except that instead of having two inputs they just have one input. They take the video frames in, apply whatever effect they’re implementing...
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    Do you want a job on the MovieMaker test team?

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    Do you want an opportunity to directly affect the quality of the MovieMaker? Well then the test team have a couple of opportunities that might interest you. Software Development Engineer/Test Software Development Engineer/Test The right folks will get...
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    Capturing Video in Windows Movie Maker 2.1 by Using DV Pass-Through

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    In a previous post I wrote about how we've now fixed DV Pass-Through in Movie Maker 2.1. Subsequent to that post we've now published an article on capturing video in Windows Movie Maker 2.1 by using DV Pass-Through which gives a nice overview of how you...
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