Helloooo from Mix 08.. we can finally talk about what the Expression Encoder team have been up to for the last 6 months. Let's talk (and apologies in advance for the length of this post!).
Today we are announcing Expression Encoder 2, the second version of Microsoft’s contemporary video authoring platform.
In a nutshell we have been extremely busy incorporating your feedback and balancing our small, nimble resources across a number of competing goals:
1) to satisfy video compressionist’s desire for a best of breed VC-1 encoding tool
2) to bring new tools into the hands of all comers wishing to embrace the Silverlight video tidal wave and..
3) to enable the rapid authoring of interactive media by integrating enhanced content creation tools into the encoder.
Expression Encoder 2 is now a product in its own right rather than a feature of Expression Media. It’s part of Expression Studio 2 and also available standalone.
Before we step through what’s new, it's also worth mentioning that there are some really exciting new features that you've asked us for that we are not ready to announce just yet. Stay tuned for more details.
So to the list..
Better Silverlight Interactive experiences
The second bucket of functionality covers improvements to Silverlight output.
Enhanced Content Creation tools
We heard loud and clear that developers wanted to be able to programmatically use our encoding engine.
There are a ton of other improvements that are too many to list in full. Among these are:
So there is the list for now. You can get our beta bits as part of the Expression Studio 2 beta package from here.
Please continue to give us great feedback and stay tuned for our MIX video podcasts where we'll be recording some demos and other goodness over the next few days.
The Expression Encoder Team
Charles and I presented our Session at MIX08 on Expression Encoder 2 this morning. It went reasonably well. With luck the video should appear here shortly. We'll re-publish it on the blog sometime next week.
We also have a couple of other MIX videos to publish soon. In the meantime, here are some pix that David shot:
Charles and I have arrived here at The Venetian ready for Mix08.
Our session is currently blacklisted but should appear here shortly:
If you are attending and want to meet up with us, do send email.
Need to test that image uploading is working so here is a view from my window:
Ben Waggoner just did a great blog post that shows you how to encode screen recordings for display in Silverlight. We on the Expression Encoder team like his settings so much that we are using them as the defaults in the final version of Expression Encoder 2.
You can see the results over on the IIS blog. Here is an example:
Installing Necessary IIS Components on Windows Vista Install only the components you need for your Web applications by leveraging IIS7’s modular architecture. This tutorial will cover installing the modules necessary for serving ASP and ASP.NET pages from IIS7 in Windows Vista.
Install only the components you need for your Web applications by leveraging IIS7’s modular architecture. This tutorial will cover installing the modules necessary for serving ASP and ASP.NET pages from IIS7 in Windows Vista.
As Ben says, make sure you go full screen to get the full effect.
Here are some of the sessions at MIX08 that highlighted or included Expression Encoder: http://sessions.visitmix.com/?selectedSearch=T09 Overview of Expression Encoder 2 http://sessions.visitmix.com/?selectedSearch=BCT07 Encoding Video For Microsoft Silverlight Delivery Scenarios http://sessions.visitmix.com/?selectedSearch=BCT05 Integrating Media Into Silverlight Applications (around 0:41:00) http://sessions.visitmix.com/?selectedSearch=BT06 Silverlight and Advertising (around 0:40:50) http://sessions.visitmix.com/?selectedSearch=KYN0801 Day one KeyNote (around 1:09:50)