David Sayed's Microsoft Blog

Mostly about Microsoft media technologies.

How to Retrieve Files from Silverlight Streaming (SLS) and Post to Windows Azure

This article is now of historical interest only since the SLS service is no longer available. In...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/08/2010

Firefox Information for Hosting Video on Azure

Thanks go to Tim Heuer for pointing this out (and providing this workaround). In the posts on...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/08/2010

Embedding a Silverlight Video in a Blog

In this post, I will describe how to use Windows Live Writer to embed a Silverlight video into a...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/07/2010

Creating and Publishing a Silverlight Video to Windows Azure

In this post, I will describe how to use Microsoft Expression Encoder 3 to encode and publish a...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/07/2010

Setting up Windows Azure for video storage

In this post, I assume that you have already provisioned a Windows Azure account and have an active...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/07/2010

Hosting Videos on Windows Azure

This is going to be a series of long posts. With Silverlight Streaming (silverlight.live.com) being...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/07/2010

Silverlight Podcasts

After a short break, I’m pleased to offer up the latest Silverlight podcast. This time, the topic is...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/06/2010

Alicia Keys Live from the Apollo this Thursday at 6pm PST – Powered by Microsoft Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming

On Thursday at 6pm Pacific Time, you’re invited to see Alicia Keys perform live! Watch the exclusive...

Author: dsayed Date: 01/06/2010

Playing with JSON

I recently started to play with JSON. One of the immediate issues I found was reading the results...

Author: dsayed Date: 12/02/2009

Streaming Media West

This week, I'm at Streaming Media West in San Jose, California. Seeing the sun, blue skies and...

Author: dsayed Date: 11/16/2009

Innovative France 24 Silverlight Player (Updated)

Updated 10/14/2009: Player is now live on the front page of the France 24 website. Changed the link...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/09/2009

Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards

We’ve been nominated in three categories for the 2009 Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Awards. There...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/01/2009

Roll Up! Roll Up! Get Your Smooth Streaming Here!

Want to know more about Smooth Streaming in the real world? Join us on Thursday October 15th at 11am...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/01/2009

Canal+ Launches FOOT+ Soccer Channel in Silverlight

Groupe CANAL, the premiere pay television channel in France with 10.6 million subscribers, is...

Author: dsayed Date: 09/30/2009

Tech-Ed Japan Smooth Streamed

Tech-Ed Japan 2009 has embraced Smooth Streaming. You can watch the keynote (in Japanese) for a few...

Author: dsayed Date: 08/26/2009

A Small Production System - Disk Performance

Uncompressed (or lightly compressed) video needs lots of disk space. More than that, if you’re...

Author: dsayed Date: 07/22/2009

A Small Production System - Current Status

We're doing more and more video work in my team, the latest being some of the videos used for our...

Author: dsayed Date: 07/18/2009

RAI Smooth Streaming

A nice demo of SD content using Smooth Streaming: http://www.rai.it/dl/RaiTV/hd/raitvhd.html?v=1

Author: dsayed Date: 06/25/2009

DeepZoomPix Coolness

MSN Brazil is using DeepZoomPix on their site show off pictures from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival....

Author: dsayed Date: 05/19/2009

CDNetworks Does Smooth Streaming

CDNetworks, a Korea-based CDN has introduced support for Smooth Streaming and it looks great! You...

Author: dsayed Date: 04/28/2009

DeepZoomPix: a new way of experiencing photos

Today, we unveiled an exciting technology demo called DeepZoomPix. It enables you to experience a...

Author: dsayed Date: 04/16/2009

CTV Streams HD Content with Silverlight

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has some great high definition content on their HD Beta...

Author: dsayed Date: 03/19/2009

Broadcast News

Colleagues in the field highlighted a couple of nice broadcast news sites outside the United States...

Author: dsayed Date: 03/11/2009

How to Force Expression Encoder 2 Express Mode

Expression Encoder Express is a free version of Expression Encoder. If you have the full version and...

Author: dsayed Date: 12/12/2008

How Netflix does encoding

Ever wondered how Netflix encodes their video material for their streaming service? This blog post...

Author: dsayed Date: 11/19/2008

Netflix Brings "Watch Instantly" to Mac Users with Silverlight

I love Netflix and I love their Watch Instantly feature, which enabled me to discover and catch up...

Author: dsayed Date: 11/03/2008

Geotate Automatic Geotagging at Photokina

Geotate is a very interesting British company who were showing their automatic geotagging technology...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/13/2008

Demonstration von Expression Media in Deutsch

  At Photokina, we were lucky enough to have a local Expression Media fan who spent pretty much...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/13/2008

Office 2008 for Mac at Photokina

I spent some time with the Mac Office guys at Photokina who were showing the Special Media Edition...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/13/2008

Expression Media 2 Service Pack 1 is here

Expression Media 2 SP1 is now available. If you are a Windows user and have opted to receive updates...

Author: dsayed Date: 10/06/2008

Photokina Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of Photokina. I spent much of the day on the Microsoft stand talking to...

Author: dsayed Date: 09/24/2008

Photokina

This week, I'm at Photokina with a large number of Microsoft people. If you're around, come and see...

Author: dsayed Date: 09/22/2008

iView/Expression Media London Meet-up

Some of the Expression Media team will be in the UK the week of September 15th just before...

Author: dsayed Date: 08/12/2008

Expression Media is Going to Photokina

Expression Media will be represented at Photokina in Cologne, Germany from September 23rd to 28th....

Author: dsayed Date: 08/04/2008

Expression Media at the ProPhoto Summit

Some of the Expression Media team did an impromptu lunch session at the Microsoft ProPhoto Summit...

Author: dsayed Date: 07/11/2008

Eye-Fi

Ziv Gilat's Eye-Fi demo at the ProPhoto Summit today was awesome. For those who don't know, Eye-Fi...

Author: dsayed Date: 07/10/2008

Cuts Editing

Here's a hot new feature that will enhance how we do cuts editing in Expression Encoder. We're...

Author: dsayed Date: 07/09/2008

How to Customize Expression Media Silverlight Galleries

  Expression Media 2 includes support for publishing your catalogs as Silverlight galleries....

Author: dsayed Date: 07/03/2008

Expression Studio 2 Keys

There have been some questions in the Expression forums about product keys and apparent confusion as...

Author: dsayed Date: 06/24/2008

Expression Encoder Customer Panel

Now that Expression Encoder 2 has been released, the team is hard at work on the next version of the...

Author: dsayed Date: 06/17/2008

AVCHD Testing

Having posted a method for compressing AVCHD directly in Expression Encoder 2, I thought I would see...

Author: dsayed Date: 06/02/2008

AVCHD Recipe for Expression Encoder 2

I've been chatting with Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo about AVCHD camcorders and we discussed how...

Author: dsayed Date: 05/30/2008

Silverlight Galleries in Expression Media 2

Expression Media 2 features support for creating Silverlight web galleries, which means interactive...

Author: dsayed Date: 05/22/2008

Free Expression!

Did you know that students can get Expression products for free? As part of Microsoft's family of...

Author: dsayed Date: 05/12/2008

HDV Recipe for Expression Encoder 2

    If you shoot HD video using a tape-based camera, you're probably shooting HDV....

Author: dsayed Date: 04/30/2008

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