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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (11 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735618070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618077
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,395,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Developed by senior editors and content managers at Microsoft Corporation.

Tricia began her career as a newspaper reporter before moving into technical communication. Over the past 18 years, she has written about a range of topics including hydroelectric power plants, pet food drives, passenger jets, public school programs, and computer software. While at Microsoft, Tricia has written online Help for Microsoft Site Server and Windows Media Encoder, assisted with the user interface design of Microsoft Commerce Serer, and written numerous Web articles and white papers about Windows Media Technologies.

Bill has been creating content for more than 35 years. He started out in radio as a disc jockey, then gained broad experience in many fields, including television, music, audio production, film, corporate communications, and software. During his career, he has worked as a scriptwriter, composer, producer, director, video editor, sound designer, and creative director. Bill was a developmental editor and co-author of the book Inside Windows Media (Que, 1999), and was most recently co-author of the Windows Movie Maker Handbook (Microsoft Press, 2000).


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a good book to have if you want to understand the basics of streaming and some of the terms used. It also goes through implementing windows media systems and some of the issues: network setup, load-balancing, usability and how to get feedback.
So, why only two stars? If you are a software developer this is not the book for you. This books provides a very high level view of what is going on; this doesn't cover any topics a developer needs to actually start writing code (no object model reference, no code samples, etc).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By naimish baxi on 31 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
This books has a good potential for the novice in programming as long as they have the basic system software.
mainly windows 2000 server or windows XP and visual basic 6.
Content is clear to understand as long the reader has a good grasp of the way the windows media encoder works.
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Great Resource for Windows Media Formats 18 Aug. 2006
By Jake Ludington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite it being three years since the release of this book, it remains the definitive guide to dealing with most Windows Media Streaming issues. To date, it's the single most useful book available on working with the WMA, WMV, and ASF formats. Starting with the basics of explaining the difference between streaming and downloading, the book immediately jumps into all the nitty-gritty details related to encoding audio and video files for streaming, the complex considerations for outfitting a streaming server, when to use unicast or multicast, creation of on-the-fly server side playlists, and some of the most comprehensive compression formulas available. While there are obviously competing alternatives to the Windows Media content delivery solutions, the Windows Media Resource Kit provides a compelling argument for why the Windows Media solution may be among the most effective available. Yes, Windows Media Player 10 is out now and Windows Media Player 11 is coming soon, but the information contained in this guide will be relevant for content delivery at least until the release of Windows Vista. I hesitate to call this the bible of Windows Media content creation and management, but it comes close.
25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A whole new set of ideas from reading this book. 5 May 2003
By Michael J Woznicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought that the Media player was used for videos, music and online content. While this is true there is so much more that can be done with the application and this book will help guide you through.

You'll find ways to create and manage video streaming sites, as well as creating and playing movie trailers. Yopu be given the ability to setup and take care of the Intranet media server and services.

The authors have done just about everything for you except create the final presentation. They also included a cd with the book with a couple of useful and handy utilities like Producer and the SDK.

Overall this book takes you from the beginning of the process to the Web Portal and beyond. The only limits you have is your imagination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't throw away your return instructions. 26 July 2007
By S. Bartlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just received this book, and am thoroughly dissapointed that it doesn't match its description.

This book is a very high level description of the infrastructure and PC-level details required to create a website that streams video. That should be it's title, or at least the Amazon descrition.

If that's what you are looking to do - then this book will get you started. However, if you are looking for details of how to use windows media in applications (as I was) - this isn't the book.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ótimo livro - Great Book 18 May 2008
By Rafael Bernardes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Aos brasileiros que buscam conhecimento sobre streaming. Esse livro é uma ótima fonte de conhecimento, visto que não é fácil encontrar isso no Brasil. Podem comprar que é muito bom. Ele aborda desde técnicas básicas de encoding até alguns cases mais complexos.
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not worth it 30 Mar. 2006
By Ricardo S. Nakasako - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is really a complete waste of money - it can only be used for developing quick and dirty solutions using the windows media player and so on.

I wouldn't recommend this book even to my most hateful enemy. Unfortunately I was deceived by its looks.
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