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About Watch Folders

Updated: February 27, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

When files of specified media types are placed ("dropped") in a watch folder, IIS Transform Manager runs tasks on the media files. These tasks are defined in a job template that is bound to the watch folder. Watch folders can be local directories or shared network resources. Watch folders can also be FTP or WebDAV locations on a Web server to which you can upload files. You can configure a watch folder to watch for one media file type or media files in multiple formats and define specific tasks for those files. To manage computer resources, you can specify the number of jobs that can run simultaneously in a watch folder, or you can designate some watch folders as more important than others by assigning priority levels. If you assign priority levels, lower priority watch folders must wait for jobs to finish in higher priority watch folders before their jobs can start.

This section contains the following topics to help you manage and configure watch folders:

The default installation of Transform Manager contains the following watch folders to help you get started.

 

Watch folder name Description For more information

H.264 Smooth Streams to Apple HTTP Live Streams

Converts on-demand Smooth Streaming presentations to the Apple HTTP Live Streaming container format (MPEG-2 TS) for Apple mobile digital devices.

Transforming On-Demand Smooth Streams to Apple HTTP Live Streams

MP4 video files to H.264 Smooth Streams

Converts MP4 video files to on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients.

Using the MP4 to Smooth Task

MP4 video files to H.264 Smooth Streams with PlayReady Protection

Converts MP4 video files to on-demand Smooth Streams with PlayReady Protection for Silverlight clients.

Transforming MP4 Video Files to Encrypted Smooth Streams

PlayReady Protection

Encrypts on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients.

Encrypting On-Demand Smooth Streams

Video files to H.264 Smooth Streams and Apple HTTP Live Streams

Transcodes video files to H.264-formatted on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients and then converts copies of the transcoded files to MPEG-2 TS for Apple devices.

Transforming Media Files to Apple HTTP Live Streams

Video files to VC-1 Smooth Streams

Transcodes video files to VC-1-formatted on-demand Smooth Streams for Silverlight clients.

Transforming Media Files to On-Demand Smooth Streams

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