Microsoft Windows Media Encoder is an easy-to-use, powerful production tool that enables content developers to convert both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images to Windows Media Format for live and on-demand delivery.

Note: This is a release candidate and is unsupported. To upgrade to the release candidate version from the previous beta, first uninstall the previous beta version using add/remove programs from the control panel. Installing the encoder will install system file protected components, and only system restore, which is part of Windows XP, can be used to completely remove all installed system components. Please read the release notes for more information before installing, and send any feedback to the Windows Media Encoder 9 Series Beta newsgroup.

Changes in Current Version:

Capture content with frame-accurate control. Protect live streams and initiate broadcasts. Author for a range of delivery scenarios including MBR streaming and CD/DVD
Create the clearest audio from multichannel to voice-only content. Encode to any levelófrom HD quality (1080i/1080p) to low data rate screen capture. Fine tune compression using new encoding modes
Extend the Encoderís functionality. Fully automate the encoding process. Includes 4 new utilities

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