Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta
Microsoft has made available for download a beta software version of Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition. This is able to encode using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (Windows Media Video) as utilise in the HD-DVD format.
The beta includes the following capabilities,:
• Segment-based re-encoding. This allows the content editor to adjust settings for specific segments of an encoded file, then re-encode only the desired segment. For clips with dramatically different attributes from one segment to the next, this ability is critical when a content editor attempts one or more passes at a given piece of content to achieve an optimal picture.
• Full-bit-depth support. Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition can transition from 10-bit to 8-bit without introducing artefacts or contouring, and it enables content creators to capture at full-bit depth without resorting to truncating or rounding any of the bits. This makes it possible to encode to 8-bit without sacrificing quality.
• Hardware acceleration. Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition can be used with hardware optimised for VC-1 video acceleration. This improves workflow and reduces encoding time.
• Additional features include metadata support, multiple audio tracks, encoding from multiple audio and video sources, and a graphical bit stream analyser that can verify the quality of any selected clip.