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.
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.
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.
Studio Edition can be used in
conjunction with hardware optimized for VC-1 video acceleration. This improves
workflow and reduces encoding time.
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
- Graphical bitstream analyzer
This feature is an important step
in verifying the quality of any selected clip.