Learn how to develop and deliver ultrafast, ultracool digital media solutions using the powerfully enhanced Windows Media 9 Series platform. Created by a digital media on Microsoft’s Windows Media team, this guide walks you through platform architecture architecture and components—providing inside insights, real-world programming scenarios, and reusable code samples to help power your own streaming media solutions. You get step-by-step instructions on how to create applications to encode Windows Media files and streams, serve and receive audio and video streams, create customized players, and even build a complete broadcasting system—your own Internet radio station.
Discover how to:
Develop 20 complete applications that use Windows Media to create, distribute, and play digital media over the Internet
Create a custom version of Windows Media Encoder to convert MP3, WAV, AVI, and other multimedia files to the Windows Media format
Program the server that runs on Windows Media Services to publish files on demand, broadcast unicast streams, and multicast to all listeners at once
Develop unique UIs for Windows Media Player using banners, borders, embedded Web pages, and the skin programming language
Add the Player to a Web site and a Web site to the Player
Make the encoder, server, and Player work together to create end-to-end multimedia applications
Build an Internet radio station with dynamic playlists that respond to listener requestsGet sample programs, music files, utilities, and more on CD
Programs and forms for all the book’s examples
Sample music files to encode, serve, or play
Essential Windows Media utilities, including Windows Media Encoder
Complete Windows Media 9 Series Jumpstart CD contents, including demos of multichannel audio, high definition video, and fast streaming
Fully searchable eBook
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Fundamentals of Programming the Microsoft® Windows Media® Platform
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Seth McEvoy wrote the Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 Handbook. He was also a co-author of the Microsoft Windows Movie Player Handbook and the lead writer for the Windows Media Player SDK, which recently won an award from the Society for Technical Communication. He’s been at Microsoft for nearly ten years as an editor and writer on a variety of projects, including Access, OLE, Microsoft Press, Windows 95, Interactive Television, NetShow®, Virtual Worlds, VML, Mac Office, and the Windows Media Player. Before coming to Microsoft, he wrote 33 children’s books and computer books.