Microsoft Expression Encoder includes many new features to improve encoding quality. For information about enhancements to Expression Encoder with Service Pack 1 installed, see "Enhancements to Expression Encoder with Service Pack 1 installed," later in this document.
You can make simple edits to clips directly in Expression Encoder. You can cut setup noise, mistakes, or surprises from your video either by removing sections of the video or by setting a cut and trimming the in or out point of a particular segment.
For more information, see Trim and cut video.
Expression Encoder includes the latest implementation of the VC-1 codecs, which means that you get better video quality and faster encoding than before. Each codec includes extensive advanced settings that enable you to refine your encoding to match your specific playback and distribution scenarios, while maintaining high quality. Live Encoding also takes advantage of these improved codecs, resulting in an enhanced live encoding experience.
In Expression Encoder, you can import existing WMV content, make edits, and add fades. When you encode your job, Expression Encoder will identify changes to the source file and only re-encode the modified sections of the file, not the whole clip, saving time and maintaining compression quality. This also works when you are previewing Microsoft Silverlight templates. You can apply a template to your video and encode the job. If you then want to see how another template will look on your video, you can just choose another template and re-encode. Again, Expression Encoder will only re-encode the template change, not only which saves time but encourages experimentation.
For more information, see Intelligent encoding.
Before you encode, you can set the playback action of your Silverlight video, thereby controlling what happens when another user links to your video or loads it into the browser. You can specify whether the video plays automatically on download, or whether the user must first initiate playback before the video downloads and plays.
For more information, see Encode using Silverlight templates.
With Expression Encoder, you can add animated watermarks to your videos. Import a XAML animation or a standard movie file, and Expression Encoder will embed the image onto the finished media. You can also use movie files that include alpha channels.
For more information, see Overlays.
The new audio and video preprocessing tools in Expression Encoder help ensure that you get high-quality encoded files. Using the video tools, you can remove 3:2 pulldown, and also select the best resize method for your encoded video. With the audio tools, you can both normalize and adjust the overall playback volume of your audio track.
For more information, see Preprocessing options.
View all your script commands in an expanded timeline. Each command is represented by its own row on the Timeline, so that you can quickly view and adjust the location and duration of each of your commands.
For more information, see Add script commands.
A/B compare enhancements In addition to Split and Side by Side mode, you can now use Strip and Difference mode to compare the results of different encoding methods.
Audio overlay You can now add an audio-only track to your video.
Enhanced error and warning messages Enhanced warning and error messages help you determine what changes need to be made in order to properly encode your video.
H.264 support You can now encode video to the H.264 standard for video podcasts.
Publish panel The Publish panel is now available by default, with a plug-in that you can use to publish encoded video to Internet Information Services (IIS), Sharepoinnt, and other servers that support the WebDAV protocol. In addition, a link is now available to help you discover third-party publishing plug-ins for Expression Encoder.
Silverlight 2 template support You can now apply Silverlight 2 templates to your encoded video.