It’s been a while since I updated the blog, so I will take this opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on the more recent Microsoft Media Platform product updates:
November 9, 2011
November 8, 2011
This release adds support for REST services APIs for management of publishing points as well as performance improvements for both on demand and live scenarios. The recently released Expression Encoder 4 SP2 makes use of the new APIs so that one can easily manage publishing points directly from within Expression Encoder. For more information on the new features visit http://blogs.iis.net/akucer/archive/2011/11/09/iis-media-services-4-1-released.aspx.
November 2, 2011
This release includes significant performance improvements, updated support for WP 7.5 “Mango”, the latest version of the Smooth Streaming Media Element (SSME), and several new features and bug fixes.
November 2, 2011
New features include support for Intel QSV GPU-accelerated encoding, 1 and 2-pass VBR H.264 encoding, more AAC audio options, SRS audio encoding, built-in management of IIS publishing points, live video cropping, live multi-bitrate Windows Media encoding, etc. SP2 also removes the screen capture limit in the free version of the Encoder. You can find a detailed list of features in this blog post.
The Expression Encoder team has also updated their GPU encoding recommendations. Note that H.264 codec support is still only available in the commercial Pro edition of Expression Encoder.
October 26, 2011
This release fixes compatibility issues with Windows Vista and Windows 7, and provides additional code samples.
The open-source Microsoft Media Platform Content Manager pulls together an end-to-end video workflow that allows you to create live streaming events, transcode on-demand content, manage and publish video, edit video, and insert mid-roll advertisements. Watch the MIX11 session on Content Manager for an overview.
October 17, 2011
Microsoft Media Platform Enhanced Movies provides a framework for delivery of rich interactive movie experiences that go far beyond any streaming experience today. The “enhanced movies” feature set enables studios and distribution houses to package HD movies with special features, multiple languages, interactive games, social media, advertising and more — as complete, downloadable, rights-protected applications.
The beta release provides a plug-in for the Player Framework which enables offline playback of video by implementing a media downloader and Smooth Streaming cache.
October 6, 2011
The new version requires Silverlight 5.
New to MMP Video Editor? Take it for a test drive using our demo deployment hosted on Windows Azure: http://videoeditor.cloudapp.net/
August 31, 2011
New media features include GPU-accelerated H.264 video decoding, low-latency sound effects, variable speed playback (trick play) support, and remote control and media keys support. For a complete list of new Silverlight 5 RC features check out http://10rem.net/blog/2011/09/04/the-big-list-of-whats-new-or-improved-in-silverlight-5.
Silverlight 5 runtime is now also available as a native 64-bit plugin for 64-bit browsers on Windows and Mac operating systems.
Curious about SL5 RTW release dates? Stay tuned because it is coming very soon…