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Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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    Top 10 Questions about Expression Media Encoder

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    Sean Alexander has just posted a list of top 10 questions (and answers) on Expression Media Encoder. Top 10 Questions about Expression Media Encoder If you have any other questions, let us know.
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    Expression Media Encoder Demo

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    Just spotted that the Channel 9 video of James demoing Expression Media Encoder is now up. Here's the Link
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    Microsoft Silverlight

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    Today we announced Microsoft Silverlight a new cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for developing rich applications for the web. (Microsoft Silverlight was previously known as the lovely acronym WPF/E) Along with this we're also announcing Expression...
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    Windows Movie Maker 2.6

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    My old team has just released Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista. If you're running Vista on a machine that doesn't have a video card that is capable of running the new GPU pipeline that MovieMaker uses on Vista, then all is not lost. You can now install...
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    Moved teams

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    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...
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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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    Windows DVD Maker Command Line Options

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    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.
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    Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker SDK Released

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    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.
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    New Camcorders

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    A colleague from the Movie Maker team recently sent an email with the following list of Camcorders that were talked about at CES 2007. Sony (16 new camcorders): HDV: 2 ( HDR-HC5/7 ) AVCHD: 2 ( HDR-UX5/7 ) HDD: 5 ( DCR-SR42/62/82, DCR-SR200/300 ) DVD:...
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    Windows Vista and Office 2007 launched

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    Cool to finally see the launch of Vista and Office 2007 and nice to see the mentions and the flashes of DVD Maker's UI in the video segments. You can catch the webcast on demand on the Microsoft web site. I'm going to try to join the "Expert Zone" chat...
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    Windows DVD Maker demonstrated in Billg's keynote at CES

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    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...
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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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    British pensioner becomes star on YouTube

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    I just love this story. He also happens to use Movie Maker for his videos which is always nice to see. http://news.com.com/British+pensioner+becomes+YouTube+star/2100-1025_3-6105018.html http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=geriatric1927
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    Try Windows Vista Beta 2

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    Most of you have probably already seen this but just in case, you can now download Windows Vista Beta 2 (or order a DVD) and try out Windows DVD Maker and the latest Windows Movie Maker. Windows Vista Beta 2 You can also give Office 2007 a try as...
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    Microsoft Soccer Scoreboard

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    (Also known as Microsoft Football Scoreboard if like me you weren’t born in the States) Link Every four years the World Cup comes around and this year I'm excited at the possibility of watching some of the matches in High Definition. This cool little...
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    Vista Beta 2

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    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...
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    New Windows Vista Team Blog

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    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...
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    4:3 - Now with extra pixels

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    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.
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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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    Happy Pi Day

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    Tomorrow is 3/14 in the USA date format, so happy Pi day to everyone.
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    Goodbye capture, hello file copy

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    Well maybe not quite yet, but there are more and more cameras coming out that no longer use tape. They record the video onto a little memory card or hard drive. With the ones that contain a memory card you just pop the memory card out of the camera, put...
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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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    More blogs from the Movie Maker Team?

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    Well it looks like some others on the team are starting to think about blogging. There may even be a team blog in the future. Link
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    Windows DVD Maker

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    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...
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    Xbox 360 launch titles announced

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    They’ve finally announced the list of titles that will be available for the Xbox 360 launch. I was looking forward to Ghost Recon but as that got delayed; Kameo appears to be the new contender for top title that I’m looking forward to. I keep hearing...
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