How to Force Expression Encoder 2 Express Mode

Expression Encoder Express is a free version of Expression Encoder. If you have the full version and want to force Express mode (for testing purposes perhaps), there are two ways to do so: Registry Key Method   [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Expression\Encoder\2.0] “ExpressVersion”=dword:00000001 Object Model Method Mode.IsExpress=true


How Netflix does encoding

Ever wondered how Netflix encodes their video material for their streaming service? This blog post from their chief product office, Neil Hunt, goes into some considerable detail.


Netflix Brings "Watch Instantly" to Mac Users with Silverlight

I love Netflix and I love their Watch Instantly feature, which enabled me to discover and catch up with Heroes, re(discover) classics and watch some admittedly dubious films that I would have never otherwise bothered with. Mostly, I use the feature on my Windows Media Center Edition PC that is plugged into my plasma at…


Geotate Automatic Geotagging at Photokina

Geotate is a very interesting British company who were showing their automatic geotagging technology at Photokina. Now there are a number of geotagging products out there, some of which rely on GPS and some like EyeFi that refer to surrounding WiFi networks. I have a little Sony lanyard GPS receiver and it stores locations to…


Demonstration von Expression Media in Deutsch

  At Photokina, we were lucky enough to have a local Expression Media fan who spent pretty much the entire week of his own time demoing Expression Media at our booth. Wolfgang works for Microsoft in Germany, but does not actually work on the product itself! Below is a snippet of him demoing Expression Media…


Office 2008 for Mac at Photokina

I spent some time with the Mac Office guys at Photokina who were showing the Special Media Edition version of the product, which includes Expression Media. Below is a video that shows Mac users some of the cool things they can do when they use Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition to manage and…


Expression Media 2 Service Pack 1 is here

Expression Media 2 SP1 is now available. If you are a Windows user and have opted to receive updates for other applications besides Windows, you should be offered the download next time Windows Update runs. If you wish to download the update manually, you may do so here. The Mac version is available for download…


Photokina Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of Photokina. I spent much of the day on the Microsoft stand talking to people about Expression Media. I did get a chance to walk around a little and stopped by the Canon stand over in Hall 3. Most of the interest was around the 5D Mark II and to…


Setting up at Photokina

Some of you know what goes into making a trade show happen. For those who don’t, the day before the show opens can be crazy: making sure that everything works while the booth is getting built around you. Here are some behind the scenes photos.



This week, I’m at Photokina with a large number of Microsoft people. If you’re around, come and see us in Hall 0.41 Stand H049 G031. We have lots of interesting things being shown including Expression Media 2 Service Pack 1, Photosynth, Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, Office 2008 Special Media Edition and Capture One by Phase…