Installing Expression Media

System requirements

These are the minimum system requirements for Microsoft Expression Media (with recommended requirements in parentheses):

  • Microsoft Expression Media supports Intel-based Macintosh

  • PowerPC or Intel Core Processor

  • DVD-ROM drive

  • A version of Apple Macintosh OS X not earlier than version 10.4.8

  • A version of Apple QuickTime not earlier than version 7.3.1

  • Monitor set to Millions of Colors

  • 100 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space for installation

  • 512 MB of RAM or more

Installing Expression Media

Insert the Expression Media DVD into your optical drive. In the Install window, double-click Expression Media.pkg. If the Install window does not appear, browse to your optical drive and double-click Expression Media.pkg on the installation disc. Then follow the installation instructions on your screen.

Location of the Plug-ins folder

On the Macintosh, there is a folder that is split between built-in plug-ins, which are located inside the application package, and user-installed plug-ins, which can be in one or more of the following three locations:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/Expression Media 2/Plug-ins

  • ~/Network/Library/Application Support/Expression Media 2/Plug-ins

Web resources

You can find additional resources for learning about Expression Media online. To access tutorials, customer support, forums, and program updates, visit the Microsoft Expression Studio 2 at

Updating Expression Media

Microsoft may periodically update Expression Media. You can automatically receive and install each update as it becomes available.

To receive updates

  1. Make sure that the program is open, and then, on the Expression Media Help menu, click Check for Updates.

  2. If no updates are available, click OK. If updates are available, you can download them.

Adding media importers

Expression Media can use any QuickTime-based media importer. Download and install the importer. You can download additional importers from non-Microsoft sources on the web.


Expression Media is scriptable and you can easily integrate it with non-Microsoft programs to perform workflow automation.

Expression Media supports AppleScript, and the scripts are attachable to the program. You can access the scripts from the AppleScript menu. To start scripting in Expression Media, visit the Expression Media website, and then see the AppleScript examples.