Windows DVD Maker and Aspect Ratios

You may have noticed an innocent little setting in the options dialog called DVD aspect ratio. It allows you a single choice between 4:3 and 16:9. You might think this will cause everything on the disc to be rendered as 4:3 or 16:9. However, as you may be aware, DVD’s allow a mixture of aspect…


British pensioner becomes star on YouTube

I just love this story. He also happens to use Movie Maker for his videos which is always nice to see.  


Try Windows Vista Beta 2

Most of you have probably already seen this but just in case, you can now download Windows Vista Beta 2 (or order a DVD) and try out Windows DVD Maker and the latest Windows Movie Maker. Windows Vista Beta 2 You can also give Office 2007 a try as well if you like. Office 2007…


Microsoft Soccer Scoreboard

(Also known as Microsoft Football Scoreboard if like me you weren’t born in the States) Link Every four years the World Cup comes around and this year I’m excited at the possibility of watching some of the matches in High Definition. This cool little app is a great way of tracking your favourite team, checking…

Vista Beta 2

Today, we announced the release of Vista Beta 2. It’s very cool to know that the new versions of Movie Maker and especially Windows DVD Maker are suddenly going to be in a lot of people’s hands. Personally I’m very much looking forward to seeing the feedback as it rolls in. I’m now running Vista…


New Windows Vista Team Blog

The Windows Vista team blog was recently launched and includes posts from Lorrin Maughan who is a Product Manager with the Windows Client Marketing organization which covers Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker. There is one post about the Windows Photo Gallery but expects more posts about Movie Maker and DVD Maker in the…


4:3 – Now with extra pixels

On my previous post, Rehan noticed that the 4:3 thumbnail didn’t quite have the correct aspect ratio. Well thanks to Eric, thinks now look a little better.


DvdMaker and a little widescreen love

I’ve always been a little frustrated with applications that don’t support 16:9 content or don’t support it very well. Many applications have traditionally started by assuming that video fits within a 4:3 area and then 16:9 content gets letterboxed within that area (or in worse cases just stretched). Not so for Windows DVD Maker. We’ve…


Happy Pi Day

Tomorrow is 3/14 in the USA date format, so happy Pi day to everyone.

Goodbye capture, hello file copy

Well maybe not quite yet, but there are more and more cameras coming out that no longer use tape. They record the video onto a little memory card or hard drive. With the ones that contain a memory card you just pop the memory card out of the camera, put it in your card reader…