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Want to encode a video file using MS Expression Media Encoder?

Posted by Charles | April 17, 2008 .

Cell phones have made video making extremely easy, more and more people have begun capturing their “happy” moments through their cell phone camera. However, the process does not end there… What good is a video if you cannot share it with other people… Now, there is good news for everyone who is internet savvy and wants to put up their videos for their friends and family to see. Windows live now allows one to host up to 4 GB through MS Silverlight Streaming for free.

But, before you get all excited about it, you first need to encode the video file. For this, the basic software that you require is MS Silverlight 2.0 Beta runtime files, MS .NET Framework 3.0, and MS Expression Media Encoder.

Once you have the requisite software in place, here’s how you encode your video file:

  • Open MS Expression Media Encoder.
  • Click the File tab and select the Import option. Then, select the video file that you want to encode.
  • Select the Settings tab and choose the Video format.
  • Select a format that is less than or equal to 700 Kbps in order to stream a video file through at Silverlight Streaming. Also, ensure that your video file is smaller than 22 MB with a runtime of less than 10 min.
  • Click on the Output tab and choose a Template that you would want to use to stream your video.
  • Click on the File Tab again and select the Encode option. The default location for the encoded file would be My Documents -> Expression -> Expression Media Encoder -> Output.

Well, that’s how you encode a video file. I’ll talk about uploading the file to Windows Live in another post.

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