SP1 has just gone live here:
In addition to the enhancements that are documented in this post, the update includes support for the authoring of IIS Smooth Streaming content.
Note that the authoring of both IIS Smooth Streaming and H.264 for devices are only available in the full product, not the trial. The remainder of the features such as audio overlays and WebDAV publishing are available both in the trial and the full product.
Today we are announcing:
As part of the announcement we will be shipping support for IIS Smooth Streaming in Expression Encoder 2 SP1 including the ability to simultaneously encode to multiple bitrates required to enable an adaptive streaming scheme, support for outputting to the new file format as well as support for the format in our Silverlight 2 player skins.
In simple terms, adaptive streaming is an approach that enables video playback to adapt, in real time, to changing network conditions and PC load and be able to offer the appropriate bitrate at any particular instant. The IIS Smooth Streaming implementation offers various optimizations that make deployment and management of such a scheme simpler and more cost effective. IIS Smooth Streaming will be an upcoming feature of the IIS Media Pack.
Expression Encoder 2 SP1 will be available real soon now.. when it drops, we’ll be following up with more info on the new features and how to create IIS Smooth Streaming content. In the meantime you can check out the demos over at http://www.smoothHD.com.