Microsoft Expression News

We released important news today about the Expression family of products.  Please visit the Expression Community site for details.


Introduction This document is to complement the original Expression Encoder 4 SP1 GPU Encoding white paper and discuss the changes that SP2 introduced on this subject. The latest service pack includes a major revision of the CUDA H.264 encoder as well as the introduction of Intel Sandy Bridge QSV support, which both will be discussed…


Expression Encoder 4 SP2 released!

A new service pack is now available for Expression Encoder 4, which includes over 300 bug fixes as well as these new features: General Encoding Support for Intel QSV GPU encoding (Pro only) – GPU-accelerated encoding has added support for the Intel HD Graphics GPU included in Sandy Bridge processors, in addition to the improved…


How CPU cycles are used when encoding

Once in a while on our forum, somebody asks why the CPU usage isn’t at 100% when offline encoding. I recently took the time to provide a thorough answer, which I think would be beneficial posted here. So first, let’s explore what’s happening when encoding a media file using Expression Encoder. The encoding process involves 5 phases:…


Tidbits about Indexing

When importing certain media files like VOB, TS and M2TS files, Expression Encoder needs to parse through the file to ensure the duration and video frame timestamps are accurate by creating its own corrected table of content in memory. Without this analysis, the encoded output files could have the wrong duration (either trimmed or having extra…


Expression Encoder Wins Most Innovative Product at Business Video Expo

 Enterprise video is increasingly being recognized by industry experts, such as Gartner, as an important strategic technology.  Accordingly, the Expression Encoder and IIS Media Services Team attended the new Business Video Expo, part of ITEXPO East 2011.  The event included about 180 exhibitors and attracted nearly 8,000 attendees, 80% of whom were executives.   Microsoft…

EventID and restarting publishing points using Expression Encoder 4 SP1

In the service pack for Expression Encoder 4, we added the ability to specify an EventID for live smooth streaming broadcasts.  This feature is extremely useful to prevent down-level cache pollution (where you can here/see stale cached fragments when reusing publishing points).   You can use any string that contains URL safe characters or clicking the…


Expression Encoder 4 SP1 released!

Today we have released a service pack for Expression Encoder 4 that includes some new features and a bunch of bug fixes.  Here is a list of the new features we have added:   GPU encoding – If you have an NVIDIA CUDA-accelerated GPU board in your system, you can now take advantage of the…


SharePoint 2010 publish plugin released

Hi everyone, we just posted a publish plugin to upload your output directory to the new SharePoint 2010 Asset libraries.  Check it out: jamie  


Thank you

Thanks to everyone that voted for us in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards!  We are a finalist in the Encoders under $1000 category.