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