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Windows Media Tools Components

Published: April 14, 1999
By Rick Dickinson, Microsoft Corporation

The Windows® Media Tools component of Windows Media Technologies offers a full range of tools for creating and editing live and on-demand Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) content. The table below lists recommended tools for a variety of common authoring and editing tasks. To download Windows Media Tools or Windows Media On-Demand Producer, go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/isapi/gomscom.asp?TARGET=/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp. The Windows Media Tools download includes complete documentation. Once installed, open the documentation by clicking the Windows Start button, then Programs, Windows Media, Windows Media Tools Documentation. Many third-party tools (http://msdn.microsoft.com/isapi/gomscom.asp?TARGET=/windows/windowsmedia/partners/tools/default.asp) also incorporate ASF functionality to help speed the authoring process or provide enhanced features.

Task

Recommended Tool

Tool Features

How to Get the Tool

Live Content Production

 

 

 

Convert and compress live audio and video into Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) files.

Windows Media Encoder

· Template-based encoding options
· Controls for scaled encoding
· Insert script commands and URL flips on the fly

Download and install Windows Media Tools). Once installed, open by clicking Start/Programs/Windows Media/Encoder.

Convert and compress live audio and video into a live stream.

Windows Media Encoder

See above.

See above

Create live audio & video synchronized with PowerPoint® 2000 slides.

Presentation Broadcast (part of Microsoft® PowerPoint 2000)

· Archiving for later on-demand access
· Slide changes synchronized with presenter's audio and video
· Only the presenter needs PowerPoint 2000
· Clients need Windows Media Player & Web browser

Install Microsoft Office 2000. Click Here for more information.

Create live audio & video synchronized with PowerPoint 97 slides.

Windows Media Presenter

· Archiving for later on-demand access
· Slide changes synchronized with presenter's audio and video
· Only the presenter needs PowerPoint 97

· Clients need Windows Media Player & Web browser

On a machine with PowerPoint 97 installed, download and install Windows Media Tools.

On-Demand Content Production

 

 

 

Convert audio & video files to ASF format.

Windows Media On-Demand Producer, Windows Media Encoder (see above).

· Basic media trimming (mark in and out points)
· Fade-in and fade-out settings
· Insert script commands, URL flips, markers, and text/captions

· Simple batch processing

Download and install from the Windows Media Tools site. Once installed, open by clicking Start/Programs/Windows Media/Windows Media On-Demand Producer.

Create slideshow-style presentations.

Windows Media Author

· Low-bandwidth content authoring
· Project-based authoring of multiple bit-rate presentations

· Basic HTML template support

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, open by clicking Start/Programs/Windows Media/Author.

Create ASF files directly from Adobe Premiere.

Windows Media Plug-in for Adobe Premiere

· Easy ASF file creation
· Common stream formats template
· Easy ASF testing and editing

On a machine with Adobe Premiere installed, download and install Windows Media Tools. Tool will appear as a "Save to ASF" option in Adobe Premiere.

Create live or on-demand audio & video synchronized with PowerPoint 2000 slides.

Presentation Broadcast (part of PowerPoint 2000)

See entry under Live Content Production.

See entry under Live Content Production.

Convert PowerPoint 97 presentations into ASF.

Windows Media Presenter

See entry under Live Content Production.

See entry under Live Content Production.

Convert MOV and AVI files to ASF.

Windows Media VidToASF

· MS-DOS interface
· Insert script commands, URL flips, markers, and text/captions

· Simple batch processing
· Pre-compressed files only

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, invoke VidToASF at an MS-DOS command line prompt. See the Windows Media Tools Documentation for more information.

Convert WAV and mp3 files to ASF.

Windows Media WavtoASF

· MS-DOS command-line tool
· Insert script commands, URL flips, markers, and text/captions

· Simple batch processing
· Pre-compressed files only

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, invoke WavToASF at an MS-DOS command line prompt. See the Windows Media Tools Documentation for more information.

Post-Production Editing of ASF & ASX Files

 

 

 

Edit existing ASF files.

Windows Media Indexer

· Adds indexing to video files (Scroll/Fast-forward/
Rewind)
· Adds properties, markers, script commands to ASFs
· Imports and exports script files

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, open by clicking Start/Programs/Windows Media/Indexer.

Delete parts of ASF files.

Windows Media ASFChop

· MS-DOS command-line tool
· Insert script commands, URL flips, markers, and text/captions
· Indexing capabilities

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, invoke ASFChop at an MS-DOS command line prompt. See the Windows Media Tools Documentation for more information.

Verify syntax of manually-created ASX files.

Windows Media ASX3Test

· MS-DOS command-line tool
· Varying level of detail reported
Batch processing

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, invoke ASX3Test at an MS-DOS command line prompt. See the Windows Media Tools Documentation for more information.

Detect and fix problems commonly found in ASF version 1.0 files.

Windows Media ASFCheck

· MS-DOS command-line tool
· Batch capabilities

Download and install Windows Media Tools. Once installed, invoke ASFCheck at an MS-DOS command line prompt. See the Windows Media Tools Documentation for more information.

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