Dean Rowe's WebLog

Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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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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    Improving your movie's sound

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    Want to make your home movie sound like a Hollywood movie, then you need to check out http://www.filmsound.org . There's a lot of information here, including the invaluable Film Sound Clichés which amongst other things will tell you that. Car breaks must...
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    Off to CES in Las Vegas

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    I'm off to the Consumer Electronic's Show in Las Vegas. I've never been to Las Vegas before so I'm sure it'll be a very interesting experience. If any of you happen to be going, stop by the Windows Movie Maker station in the Microsoft booth and say Hi...
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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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    New Microsoft Pro Photo Website

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    For the professional photographers out there (and I know a bunch of them use Windows Movie Maker) the new Microsoft Pro Photo Website is now live.
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    Windows XP Media Center 2005 is launched

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    There are a lot of new features in this release, not least of which is Windows Movie Maker 2.1 with DVD Burning. I should point out that the web page does indicate that the DVD Burning features may vary manufacturer so that’s something to check first...
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    High Definition Movies Coming to the Internet

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    Cool story I happened to see on IMDB’s News page . CinemaNow said that they’re going to start making high-definition movies available for download using the Windows Media High Definition format. I’ve used CinemaNow before to watch a movie using my Media...
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    Halo 2

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    Halo 2 has been out for almost a week now and I haven’t mentioned it on my blog? What kind of blogger can I be? Well we probably have a biased view of things up here in Redmond but it seems like everyone was talking about it last week. I did pick it up...
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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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    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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    Windows Movie Maker's first name?

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    Back in 1999, when we first started writing a video application we didn't begin by calling it Windows Movie Maker, that name came later. Does anybody know or can guess what its internal name was at the beginning? I'll give the answer tomorrow - oh the...
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    Introduction

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    Hello, my name is Dean Rowe. I'm a dev lead over here in the Windows Movie Maker team. You may have seen me hanging around on the microsoft.public.windowsxp.moviemaker forum. We've just released Windows Movie Maker 2.1 in Windows XP SP2 and are currently...
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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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    A Sad Day

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    I’ve just noticed that Syon Bhattacharya passed away yesterday after fighting stomach cancer through a post on Larry Ostermans’s blog I never really knew Syon but he was instrumental in the early days of MovieMaker when we were hooking up Direct Show...
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    Medipad

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    Thought some of you might be interested in an extremely early shot of "MediaPad", before it came Windows Movie Maker. Well here it is. At this early stage we were just basically experimenting with some UI bits and pieces. Fortunately we have program managers...
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    Editing files with Encoder

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    In Encoder V2 we added the ability to edit multiple sections out of a video/audio file and this can also be accomplished with the Expression Encoder SDK. MediaItem has a property called SourceClips which contains the list of clips for that media item...
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    Intelligent Software

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    Most times I love what software can do and sometimes I just sit in wonder. Just the other day on one of my PC’s at home, up popped everyone’s friend the Desktop Cleanup Wizard . It offered to clean up my desktop. It was so polite, how could I refuse?...
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    Get a Life

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    A bunch of us from Microsoft went to see the new Star Wars movie the other day. On the drive back to the campus I happened to notice that one of the local churches had a sign near the road which was blank except for the following text “Get a Life”...
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    Welcome Eric Gunnerson

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    Eric Gunnerson starts with the Movie Maker team today and I'd like to give him a warm welcome to our team. Eric is a long time blogger and brings with him lots of C# and C++ experience to the team. Welcome Eric.
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    Disappearing for a while

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    Just wanted to let you all know that I have to go back to England for a while for family reasons so I probably won't be making the new posts that I wanted to until I get back. I didn’t want you to think I’d disappeared completely. Cheers Dean.
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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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    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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    Windows Media Developer Center

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    The Windows Media Developer Center has just been launched on MSDN. It's goal is to provide a single starting point for all developer questions and information about the Windows Media technologies. More infomation will be added over the coming months.
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    New Windows Desktop Search released

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    Looks like we've released the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search today. I've installed it on a couple of my machines and it looks a lot better than the previous beta they had released. They have a cool preview window with the search results...
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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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