Dean Rowe's WebLog

Expression Encoder with little bits of MovieMaker and DVD Maker.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Cool mention of Windows Vista Movie Maker and DVD Maker

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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2193575,00.asp Yes I know it's a little gratuitous :-), but I got forwarded this link today and it is very cool to see someone that is really happy using the products you worked on. Also, I know I need to start writing...
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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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