Hands-On Guide to Windows Media is a practical guide that teaches how to distribute audio and video efficiently and effectively over computer networks. This book enables you to get up and running quickly and focuses on one of the most popular tools in the streaming media universe, Windows Media. This book will help you to understand the unique characteristics and demands of streaming audio and video information over packet-switched networks. Ideal even for non-technical readers.

Key Features

* Learn how to deliver audio and video products and messages in a way that meets business goals without compromising quality or breaking budgets * Contains step-by-step examples and code—easy enough for those of us that are not-so-technical * Real-world case studies and anecdotes provide examples, illustrate pitfalls, and provide best-practices


Professionals and managers in the multimedia production, video production, audio production, networking industries, especially those charged with implementing Windows Media applications on public and corporate network environments; corporate training professionals will use the book as an introductory and intermediate text in beginning multimedia classes or advanced classes focused exclusively on streaming media.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction Purpose of the Book Scope of the Book Who Should Read This Book Why Streaming Media The Growth of Streaming Media Why Windows Media Series Career Opportunities Layout and Organization of the Book Conclusion Chapter 1: Windows Media Quick Start Update Your Media Player Overview of Main Player Features Get Ready to Encode Your Media File Install a Windows Media Encoder Encode Your Media File Publishing Your Windows Media File Troubleshooting Conclusion Chapter 2: Streaming Media Basics Streaming Media Defined Streaming Fundamentals The Four Steps of Streaming Live or On-Demand Evaluate Your Audience Evaluate Your Content Windows Media and Microsoft’s Competitors Relations between the Media Department and the IT Dept. Conclusion Chapter 3: Get Ready to Capture Audio and Video Pre-Production Planning Audio and Video Inputs Portable Audio Recorders and Cameras Support Equipment A Windows Media Capturing and Encoding Workstation Conclusion Chapter 4: Capturing and Encoding Audio and Video Best Practices for Recording Audio Best Practices for Recording Video Best Practices for Capturing Audio and Video Capturing with Windows Media 9 Capture Editing with Windows Movie Maker Conclusion Chapter 5: Optimizing Your Audio and Video Optimize Your Audio Optimize Your Video Conclusion Chapter 6: Encoding for Wi


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About the editor

Joe Follansbee

Joe Follansbee first became passionate for streaming back in 1995, and spent more than five years honing his skills at RealNetworks, the pioneering streaming media company. While there, he managed a quality assurance team for content in RealNetworks’ flagship software, RealPlayer. Joe produced and hosted one of the first weekly audio newsletters delivered over the Internet. He has provided technical and logistical support for ABCNews, FOX Television, and MSNBC, as well as helped mom and pop Internet broadcasters put their signals on the Net. He founded a streaming media development company in 2001, and currently works as a freelance writer and consultant.


"This book is a very useful and enlightening hands-on companion for those broadcasters and individuals who use, or plan to use, Windows Media streaming technology." - European Broadcasting Union "This is part of a hands-on series that serves as a great resource in streaming and digital media-based subjects for industry professionals." - HiTech Review "Joe Follansbee has written a fun, easy-to-understand book that teaches people about streaming media quickly. If you want to get up and running in a matter of minutes, 'Hands-On Guide to Windows Media' is a great place to start." --Steve Mack, co-author of 'Hands-On Guide to Webcasting' “This book is a comprehensive and easy to understand book that explains almost everything you ever wanted to know about Windows-based streaming media” – October, 2006