A new service pack is now available for Expression Encoder 4, which includes over 300 bug fixes as well as these new features:

General Encoding

Support for Intel QSV GPU encoding (Pro only) – GPU-accelerated encoding has added support for the Intel HD Graphics GPU included in Sandy Bridge processors, in addition to the improved Nvidia CUDA support. You can use both of these devices when encoding for increased speed and performance. More information available here. QSV and Cuda performance reports are also available.

Support for 1 and 2-pass VBR for offline H.264 encodes (Pro only) – You can now select 1-pass VBR for MP4 encodes as well as both 1-pass and 2-pass VBR for H.264-based Smooth Streaming encodes.

Support for more AAC audio options (Pro only) – You can now choose multiple-channel audio along with more bitrate and sample rate options when you use the AAC codec.

Support for SRS audio encoding – You can now choose to enable SRS to convert an audio stream from multiple audio channels to two SRS 5.1 surround sound channels.

Live

Manage publishing points from within Expression Encoder (Pro only) – In a Live Broadcasting Project, you can now create, restart or update publishing points on an IIS Smooth Streaming server. You can also choose to automatically update a broadcast’s EventID.

Live crop – You can now crop your live or file sources in a Live Broadcasting project.

Support for Windows Media Streaming MBR in a Live broadcast – You can now add multiple bitrate streams to your WM Streaming broadcast in a Live Broadcasting Project.

Support for Live H.264 VBR 1-pass (Pro only) – You can now select 1-pass VBR encoding for H.264-based Live Smooth Streaming encodes.

Other

No Screen Capture limit – The 10-minute Screen Capture limit has been removed from Expression Encoder.

Follow mouse cursor – You can now enable the screen capture area to follow your mouse cursor in Screen Capture.

Template improvements – Offline playback of DRM content, SRS playback support, improved TTML support, audio volume on startup, auto-repeat, etc.

New SDK samples – Following your requests and suggestions, we added 5 C# and 6 VB.NET samples, including a thumbnail generator, a performance tool and a Live console application.

 

Let us know what you think! Thanks.