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Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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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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    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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    Basic code to encode a file

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    Here's a very small snippet of code that uses the Expression Encoder object model to create a job, add a media file to the job and then encode it. There's a lot more to the object model, but I thought this would give a little taste of the basics. In the...
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    Changing the output profile

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    Once you've created a MediaItem , you're probably going to want to specify which video and/or audio profile you want to encode it with. There are a number of ways to obtain a video and audio profile. If you have your own PRX file that you wish to use...
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    Expression Encoder 2 SDK released

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    We released the Encoder SDK today. You can download it from the following location. Microsoft® Expression® Encoder 2 SDK Once installed, it will create a Start Menu shortcut under Microsoft Expression which opens an explorer window to the SDK...
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    And Windows Movie Maker was called?

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    Mediapad. If you used notepad to edit notes, wouldn't you use Mediapad to edit media? This was just our internal name until the name Windows Movie Maker was decided upon. Frankly, I'm glad we changed the name. I'll try to see if I can dig out a screenshot...
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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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    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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    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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    Do you want a job on the MovieMaker team?

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    If you're interested, we currently have an opening on the development team for a Software Development Engineer . It's a fun place to work and I'd highly recommend it.
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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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    Transitions on the timeline

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    On my Collections vs Timeline Preview post rehan asked an interesting question about where transitions and effects fit in the graph. Well let’s find out shall we? Brushing off my video editing skills, I made the following MovieMaker timeline. I imported...
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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Editing files with Encoder V3

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    I’d written a previous post about editing files with Encoder v2 in the SDK however in V3 we changed things a little bit to support adding multiple files to a single timeline. In the case where you want to edit bits out of a single file you now need to...
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    Expression Encoder and VB.NET

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    As James recently posted on the Expression Encoder team blog , we’ve just released an update to Expression Encoder 2 so that if you wish to use our object model from Visual Basic.NET you can now do that. Download link
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    Expression Encoder 2 SP1

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    If you’ve been wondering what we’ve been doing for last few months we’ve now announced Expression Encoder SP1 over on the Expression Encoder team blog . You’ll find quite a few new features and some nice bug fixes and this will be a free upgrade to to...
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    Expression Encoder 2 SP1 SDK

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    As you may have heard Expression Encoder 2 SP1 is now available to download . We've been putting the final touches to the updated SDK which will included an updated help file, intellisense files and some samples in C# and now also in Visual Basic. The...
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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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    Expression Encoder 2 SDK Updated for Service Pack 1

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    I’ve just uploaded a post to the Expression Encoder team blog that talks about the new updates to the Expression Encoder 2 SDK that we’ve just released for Service Pack 1. Go ahead and try it out and let us know if you have any questions or comments....
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    Expression Encoder 2 is released

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    Expression Encoder 2 is now available. Click on the image to go to the Expression Encoder page where you will find a "Try Now" link to download the trial. We're planning to have more details of the new features up on the Expression Encoder Team...
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