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First of all, congratulations to the Windows Live Writer team for their shiny new beta 2 release.  I've been using this for a while and I have to say it really rocks as a blogging client.

To celebrate, I'm going to release the first version of JetFuel, a plug-in that automates encoding, skinning and publishing for Silverlight video experiences within Live Writer.  This started life as a sample of how to automate Expression Media Encoder and grew from there (this is the one I demoed at Mix).  Today the installer goes up and very soon, I'll be publishing the sourcecode over on Codeplex.

The motivation for doing this was.. I have this camera phone video and I want to blog it using a Silverlight video player and have that experience hosted on the recently announced Silverlight Streaming service, not my blog.  That way, I get all the CDN scalability goodness but still within the context of a blog post.

When you invoke the plugin from within Writer, it (optionally) transcodes the video of your choice to a Silverlight compliant format using Expression Media Encoder.  You can add a Creative Commons logo burnin as well as a bumper / trailer.

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Pick a Silverlight player skin to warp around this video..

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and then upload the whole package to Silverlight Streaming. 

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This means that when you hit publish in Live Writer, the embedded video is actually being served up from a robust CDN rather than from your blog.

The transcoding and publishing all runs as a background task so you can continue to compose the words and pictures that accompany the video at the same time.

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and when it's done, you end up with something like this:

Since the video is being published in Silverlight, one of the caveats is that the plugin will only work if your blog provider supports Javascript which currently rules out Wordpress and Live Spaces.

Enjoy.

Comments[7]
  1. 1. Made by Gilbert on 6/2/2007 3:48:00 AM

    Hi James, Thanks for this information ~ looks like an interesting UI for groups to use. Unfortunately not able to get it working with MT keep getting error connecting to weblog.


  2. 2. Made by Goruru on 6/3/2007 8:05:00 AM

    James, The demo was pretty good and provided lot of information on things coming out from MS. I'm interested in your demo where the Windows service was doing encoding thru the command scripts. Can you please post the code so I can look at how you achieved this. Thanks


  3. 3. Made by James Senior on 6/5/2007 12:54:00 PM

    Hi James Is there anyway to get the preview images to upload to my blog? I'm using community server and it prompts me to specify an FTP server because my blog won't accept PNG images. Thanks James


  4. 4. Made by ScottIsAFool on 6/7/2007 5:22:00 PM

    Hi, Your installer is installing all of the WindowsLive.*.dll files that are found in the root of the Windows Live Writer folder. Unfortunately, in doing this it prevents one of the new methods of deployment (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa738841.aspx method 2). The files aren't needed in that folder :) Cheers.


  5. 5. Made by James Clarke on 6/8/2007 1:02:00 AM

    Gilbert.. Haven't tried it with MT yet. There are a bunch of issues with hosting Silverlight streaming currently which should be resolved shortly. Goruru.. when I get a spare moment I'll be getting the source published. Sorry for the delay. Some users of Community server are reporting this, others are fine. Hopefully the changes mentioned above will fix this for all. ScottIsAFool: thanks for the heads up.. I'll take a look at fixing that


  6. 6. Made by Richard Hein on 6/9/2007 7:00:00 PM

    Thanks James, I was hoping for something like this for Live Writer and am trying it out!


  7. 7. Made by Unknown on 9/13/2013 9:05:44 PM

    Finding your way with all the Silverlight Streaming plug-ins | Frogs in Space


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