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Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1

Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 | Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 is an exciting new addition to the Windows Media tools family. It is a powerful tool for video professionals, optimized for the creation of high-quality offline encoding using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (WMV9). Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 provides the key features necessary to create next-generation video content and capitalize on the growing importance of scenarios around optical media and video-on-demand. With the final standardization of VC-1, “Studio Edition”, will prove to be an invaluable tool for the offline encoding community.

Features

Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition includes the following capabilities, each crucial to the creation of the highest quality content:

  • Segment-based re-encoding

This allows the content editor to adjust settings for specific segments of an encoded file, then re-encode only that segment. This capability applies to scenarios where the content editor attempts one or more “passes” at a given piece of content (content creators often use one or more passes to analyze the content, then subsequent passes to actually encode). This makes it possible to optimize the quality of each segment of a given clip, creating the highest possible quality even for clips with dramatically different attributes from one segment to the next.

  • Full-bit-depth support

Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition can seamlessly make the transition from 10-bit to 8-bit without introducing artifacts or contouring. By utilizing both random dither and error diffusion, Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition enables content creators to capture at full bit depth without resorting to truncating or rounding any of the bits. This makes it possible to encode to 8-bit without sacrificing quality.

  • Hardware acceleration

Studio Edition can be used in conjunction with hardware optimized for VC-1 video acceleration. This improves workflow and reduces encoding time.

  • ISAN & Ad-ID support

Studio Edition includes support for ISAN and Ad-ID metadata. These are metadata systems that help the audio/video industry create an identifier for any given piece of content, similar to what the ISBN standard for book publishing. ISAN relates to works with moving pictures, or parts directly related to works with moving pictures (such as a full audio track of a feature film). Ad-ID relates to all forms of advertising regardless of medium, and is an extension of the ISCI system. It overlaps ISAN for some audiovisual works, but is constrained in practice to advertising works. Each is widely used and Studio Edition makes it easy to include any ISAN or Ad-ID numbers associated with a given piece of content. As such, Studio Edition improves current workflow scenarios by supporting standards that make it easier to find and learn more about any given piece of audiovisual content.

  • Support for multiple audio tracks
  • Encoding from multiple audio and video sources
  • Graphical bitstream analyzer

This feature is an important step in verifying the quality of any selected clip.

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The Media Center Show #65

The Media Center Show #65 | 6th July 2006 (49min 29secs) MP3 - 16.9MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Dean Weber, CEO of Onevoice about the updated version of Media Center Communicator and voice control in Media Center and Vista.

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Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile Update Beta

Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile Update Beta | This update allows applications such as Windows Media Encoder 9 Series to create VC-1 Advanced Profile content. The package also includes an update to the Windows Media Encoder 9 Series command-line encoder script (wmcmd.vbs) that adds support for Advanced Profile.

Quick Details
File Name:    wvc1dmo.exe
Version:    V1
Date Published:    6/27/2006
Language:    English
Download Size:    900 KB
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My New Cert Upgrades!

Over the past week I've been busy with a few things, thus the lack of postings here.  I just got back from seeing my beautiful girlfriend for the first time in a few months and also passed CompTIA's Security+ exam with a 820 out of 900.  Now that I've finished that, I'm also considered an MCSA: Security on Windows 2000.  Next on the certification list is my MCSA upgrade to Windows Server 2003.  I'm also eyeing CEH as a later goal.

MCSA: Security


Security+


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The Media Center Show #64

The Media Center Show #64 | 29th June 2006 (33min 29secs) MP3 - 11.5MB (Download Here)

This week Ian Dixon talked with Chris Anderson editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and author of the Long Tail Blog. Chris explains what the Long Tail is and how if effects Media Center users.

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Autonomic Controls, Inc. Releases Media Center Control Software for Touch Panel Remote Controls

Autonomic Controls, Inc., the leader in the development of technology to control and enhance Microsoft’s Media Center Edition computers for the A/V industry, this week has announced the much anticipated release of their control server for Media Center Edition.

The new product, Media Center Edition Control Server (MCECS) acts as a bi-directional communications gateway between Microsoft Media Center software and touch panel remote control devices such as those made by Crestron, AMX, and Control 4, as well as several others which are under development. The technology will also be used with web tablets, ultra mobile touch screen PCs, and Windows SideShow devices.

The product was first announced publicly on June 6 of this year, and the company has had an overwhelming response from computer OEMs, value-added resellers, software developers, remote control manufacturers, and custom audio/video installers who have been waiting for just such a solution.

Today’s announcement means that the companies’ partners will be able to obtain production software to finalize the testing of products under development.

“The first industry to leverage the technology will be the high-end custom A/V installation market, because it’s immediately useable to professional installers using sophisticated IP enabled control systems,” said Susan Polese, company spokesperson. The software provides a rich control protocol for MCE computers, which has traditionally only been available in very expensive media servers. This capability will open a much larger market to A/V installation professionals.

“Before the end of this year, consumers will begin to see more accessible products which will feature color touch panels capable of browsing and playing their media anywhere in the house without having to walk up to a computer monitor or TV.” The first of these will likely be offered by Autonomic Controls’ OEM partners as an alternative to the current IR remote controls sold with many MCE computers.

Microsoft has been developing and enhancing their multi-media software, Windows Media Center Edition, for over three years. The product is currently distributed via a special edition of the Windows XP operating system that is typically pre-loaded on certain OEM computers. Currently, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Sony manufacture purpose-built Media Center Edition computers, along with several boutique manufactures offering MCE computers that are designed to be more at home in the A/V cabinet.

Autonomic Controls’ solution is especially timely, considering Microsoft’s pending release of Windows Vista, which has the Media Center Edition software pre-installed. Companies who leverage Autonomic Controls’ technology will be able to rapidly deliver an innovative product to a huge potential target audience.

This technology also allows for full, two-way control of media playback on Media Center Extender products, such as XBOX 360 game consoles, and extender products made by companies such as LinkSys. This feature was frequently requested by custom A/V installers who wish to offer a multi-room audio solution to their customers.

About Autonomic Controls, Inc.
Autonomic Controls, Inc. creates technology for today and tomorrow’s digital home and business. Through the Autonomic Home product brand, the company is focused on extending the functionality of Microsoft Media Center hardware and software to provide real time interaction with control systems and remote controls that integrate with audio/video, security, environmental, and lighting devices. In addition to MCE control technology, the company provides consulting and software development services to its partners in the A/V and computer industries. Autonomic, Inc. is based in North Salem, NY. For more information on MCE Server, the Autonomic Control System or other inquiries, visit www.autonomichome.com or send e-mail to information@autonomic.com.
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