About content creation tools

You can stream prerecorded content that has been encoded by Windows Media Encoder, Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Windows Movie Maker, and many other third-party encoding programs. If you are planning to stream live content, your Windows Media server must connect to encoding software, such as Microsoft Windows Media Encoder, that is capable of broadcasting a live stream in a format supported by the server.

The following table lists software available from Microsoft that you can use to create and edit Windows Media-based content.

Tools Description

Windows Media Encoder

Use to convert live and prerecorded content to Windows Media Format. Windows Media Services is compatible with Windows Media Encoder version 4.1 and later.

Windows Media Encoding Script

Use this command-line tool to convert live and prerecorded audio and video into Windows Media files or streams.

Windows Media Player

Use to rip existing content from a CD.

Windows Movie Maker

Use to capture audio and video and do simple video editing.

Windows Media Stream Editor

Use to split or combine streams in existing Windows Media files into new Windows Media files.

Microsoft Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

Use to combine slides from a presentation created in Microsoft Office PowerPoint or Web pages created with Microsoft FrontPage with audio and video.

Windows Media File Editor

Use to open and edit a file with a .wmv, .wma, or .asf file name extension. This utility enables you to trim the start and end points of a file, as well as add attributes, markers, and script commands.

For more information, see Windows Media Professional Solutions.


Support for encoding content in Windows Media Format is included in many third-party programs, such as Vegas Video and Sound Forge from Sonic Foundry, Premiere from Adobe, and VideoWave from MGI. Most of these products are used for advanced editing and processing of video and audio. When you finish working on a file, the program enables you to encode it as a Windows Media file.


Windows Media Services can also create content from a broadcast stream using the WMS Archive Data Writer plug-in.

See Also


WMS Archive Data Writer