Dean Rowe's WebLog

Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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