The Windows Media Format 11 SDK introduces new digital rights management (DRM) features. The following changes have been made to the SDK since the 9.5 release.
The Windows Media Format 11 SDK ships with a new set of DRM APIs. These APIs are implemented in their own library. Many of the DRM features supported by the objects of the Windows Media Format SDK are also supported by the Windows Media DRM Client Extended APIs. The primary difference in the new APIs is that they do not rely on having an ASF file to work. Instead, the new APIs deal with the local license store directly, often using the key ID to identify licenses.
For more information, see the Windows Media DRM Client Extended APIs documentation.
The Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile codec has been updated to produce a compressed bit stream that is compliant with the published SMPTE VC-1 standard.
The Windows Media Audio 10 Professional codec is also included in this release of the SDK. The new audio codec features improved quality at lower bit rates.
Applications can request a new DRM action to read from video to create a thumbnail image. This enables applications to create and display thumbnail images for video files without opening the file for playback.