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Oct 2008 UG Meeting

Our next UG Meeting is held on 2nd October 2008, Level 22 CF12, NTUC Building from 1830 hrs – 2130 hrs. Food will be served before the session.

Deep Zoom – A Walkthrough
Apurva Deepak Lawale
1925 – 2025 hrs

Apurva will be showing a few walkthrough about Deep Zoom, and how can you build compelling applications using Deep Zoom.

To register for the event, send me an email at microlau_at_sgdotnet_dot_org.

Note that there’s currently no email confirmation for the event.

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Encoding content for Zune player

Recently, I managed to get my hands on a black 80GB Zune player (Thanks to Chewy) and I was trying to pump all my webcasts over to the small screen so that I can watch webcasts (and podcasts) on the move... I was rather disappointed that the Zune software doesn't handle this (I'm a video dummy) by itself and I still have to rely on encoders. I picked on the free tool, Windows Media Encoder 9, and here's the settings to get your video files into Zune nicely (Extracted from http://www.zune.net/en-us/support/usersguide/podcasts/create.htm)

Using Windows Media Encoder to Encode Video Content
You can use Windows Media Encoder 9 Series to encode video to a WMV file that is suitable for the Zune device. To download the free encoder, go to the Microsoft Download Center.

The following instructions describe how to use Windows Media Encoder to encode content up to the maximum quality for the Zune device. Content can be from either a live source (for example, a video camera) or an existing video file.

To encode content for the Zune device using Windows Media Encoder

  1. Click the Start menu, and select Windows Media > Windows Media Encoder .
  2. In the New Session dialog box, click the Wizard tab, and then double-click Custom Session .
  3. In Windows Media Encoder, on the Sources tab, under Source from, do one of the following:
    • Select Devices if your content is on a device such as a video camera or a capture card.
    • Select File if content is in digital format accessible from your compute, and then locate the file you want to convert.

      IMPORTANT: If your file requires conversion to a format compatible with Zune, do not select Script: In File. For a list of compatible video formats, see Zune Formats and Codecs.
  4. On the Output tab, check the Archive to file checkbox, and then choose a location and file name.
  5. On the Compression tab, select the following encoding settings:


    Setting Value
    Destination File download (computer playback)
    Video DVD quality video (1 Mbps VBR)
    By choosing VBR, the encoder will perform two-pass encoding, which maximizes the overall quality of the video although it takes roughly double the time to encode.
    To perform one-pass encoding, choose DVD quality video (1 Mbps CBR)
    Audio CD quality audio (VBR)


  6. Click Edit.
  7. In the Custom Encoding Settings dialog box, click 1073 Kbps, and select the following encoding settings:


    Setting Value
    Audio Format 128 Kbps, 44.1 kHz, stereo CBR
    Video Size 320x240
    Video bit rate 500K

  8. Click OK to close the Custom Encoding Settings dialog box.
  9. Click Apply.

    Note
    You can choose to configure additional parameters on the remaining tabs as well.
  10. On the toolbar menu, click Start Encoding.

There's a interesting tweat by another Zune-ster (http://blogs.msdn.com/ben/archive/2006/11/29/video-encoding-for-the-zune.aspx), but I've yet to test it out. For now, I'm still relying on the nice ui before I write a program to automatically encode files for my Zune player.

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Sept 2008 UG Meeting

Our next UG Meeting is held on 4th September 2008, Level 22 CF12, NTUC Building from 1830 hrs – 2130 hrs. Food will be served before the session.

Silverlight and WCF
Bronk Han, Solutions Consultant
1925 – 2025 hrs
Beginners’ guide to working with Silverlight and WCF. Topics include testing and debugging of WCF services, as well as WCF authentication (using ASP.NET forms authentication) and roles services.

About the Speaker
Bronk is a Solutions Consultatnt with over eight years of experience in IT industry. He’s been involved in numerous .NET projects in the healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, retail, media industries, working mostly on ASP.NET web and mobile applications.

Languages, Software Architecture and Concurrency
Justin Lee, Consultant, MindSharp (MVP – C#)
2030 – 2130 hrs
Get insights on the various technologies that will impact how you write code in the future. Get a high level overview on what software development is like, and will become in the future.

To register for the event, send me an email (microlau_at_sgdotnet_dot_org). Note that there’s currently no email confirmation for the event.

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