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Media Content panel

The Media Content panellists all the videos that you import. These videos are the ones that Microsoft Expression Encoder will process when you initiate encoding. This collective list is a job. You can save this list as an individual job file. You also initiate the encoding process from this panel.

The Media Content panel

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Items tab   Click this tab to view all the files that you have imported for the present job.

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Activity Log tab   Click this tab to check the details and status of each import. The log also displays any errors in loading user static assets, such as user profiles and templates.

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Encode button   After you have modified your video and added templates, trailers, and overlays, click this button to begin encoding your video or audio and generating the Silverlight playing experience.

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Live Encoding button   Click this button to switch to the Live Encoding mode. A new workspace appears where you can then build, encode, and broadcast a live media stream.

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A/B Compare button   Click this button to switch to the A/B Compare mode. This mode enables you to compare a section of original video to multiple profiles, to best determine your needs for file size versus quality. Better quality usually means larger file sizes.

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Video information bar   View key video properties here.

In addition, the Video information bar includes the following columns:

  • Thumbnail   Displays a frame from the image.

  • Name   Displays the file name of the video.

  • File type   Displays whether the file contains audio, video, or both.

  • Source   Displays the file path of the original video.

  • Source file size   Displays the size of the source file.

  • Source dimensions   Displays the width and height of the source video.

  • Source frame rate   Displays the source video frame rate.

  • Status   Displays "Pending" to indicate that the file awaits encoding. During encoding, this displays the time remaining for the encoding to finish.

  • Encode started   Displays date and time that the last encoding began.

  • Encode stopped   Displays date and time that the last encoding ended.

  • Source duration   Displays the duration of the source file.

  • Target   Displays the file name of the encoded video.

  • Profile   Displays the bit rate you have specified for encoding.

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You can rearrange the order of the columns in the Media Content panel by dragging the column name to a new location in the row.

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