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Solved: Expression Encoder 3 + Windows 2003 server: 16-bit WMA Pro Encoding RRS feed

  • Question

  • Situation: You want to use your powerful Windows 2003 server to encode video with WMA Pro audio with the Expression Encoder 3.

    Problem: You won't be able to select 16-bit encoding at the highest bitrate 192kbit/s for WMA Pro Encoding, when using the Expression Encoder 3 on your Windows 2003 server.

    Hint: You will need to install Windows Media Player 11 including all implemented codecs to do so.

    Problem: You cannot install Windows Media Player 11 on your Windows Server 2003, based on Microsofts statement on the site, at least it won't let you do it.

    Solution:
    1. Go to the download center where you can select "All versions" and get the Windows XP release for Windows Media Player 11:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx?displang=en

    2. Save the "wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe" for 32-bit or "wmp11-windowsxp-x64-enu.exe" for 64-bit platforms on your hard drive.

    3. Rename the .exe file to .cab, .zip or something else wich you can extract with your favorite exctraction program, e.g. WinRar (www.rarlabs.com).

    4. Extract the content of the installation file into a new folder, where you'll finde the following files:

    a) wmf11dist.exe
    b) umdf.exe
    c) wmdbexport.exe
    d) wmp11.exe

    5. Check your registry for the following entry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows\CSDVersion

    If it is set to 100, change it to 200. After you've finished the installation procedure, do not forget to change it back to 100, if it was before your modification at 100. 

    6. Right click on each of the four files, click on "Properties", go to "Compatibility", check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", select "Windows XP" and click on "OK". You have to repeat this process for each file (a + b + c + d).

    7. Start wmf11dist.exe and follow the instructions. It might happen that your server will be restarted automatically, don't get scared, this is normal even if you selected on the last screen to not restart the computer now. Check for the Compatibility settings if your server gets restarted and make sure "Windows XP" is selected before you continue starting/installing other files.

    8. Start umdf.exe and follow the instructions.
    9. Start wmdbexport.exe and follow the instructions.

    10. If your server has not been restarted automatically up to now please restart the server manually. Check again for "Compatibility" settings for the last file (d) "wmp11.exe".

    11. Start wmp11.exe and follow the instructions.

    12. You should find in Start / Programs the "Windows Media Player", start it and start the configuration process. Make sure to select "Custom Settings" and select to automatically download codecs. Finish the configuration process and close the Windows Media Player 11.

    13. Start your Expression Encoder 3, import an Audio file for testing purposes and select WMA Pro Encoding.

    Voila, you'll be able to select 16-bit audio encoding with WMA Pro at a max. Bitrate of 192kbit/s.

    @Microsoft: Would be wise to fix this, since some people might not only want to encode their home videos but more complex content on a server rather then a desktop computer with high audio quality, and compatibility for Silverlight at 16-bit.

    Saturday, October 17, 2009 8:16 PM

Answers

  • Hi Aldnin,

    Solution:
    1. Go to the download center where you can select "All versions" and get the Windows XP release for Windows Media Player 11:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx?displang=en

    2. Save the "wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe" for 32-bit or "wmp11-windowsxp-x64-enu.exe" for 64-bit platforms on your hard drive.

    3. Rename the .exe file to .cab, .zip or something else wich you can extract with your favorite exctraction program, e.g. WinRar (www.rarlabs.com).

    4. Extract the content of the installation file into a new folder, where you'll finde the following files:

    a) wmf11dist.exe
    b) umdf.exe
    c) wmdbexport.exe
    d) wmp11.exe

    5. Check your registry for the following entry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Windows\CSDVersion

    If it is set to 100, change it to 200. After you've finished the installation procedure, do not forget to change it back to 100, if it was before your modification at 100. 

    6. Right click on each of the four files, click on "Properties", go to "Compatibility", check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", select "Windows XP" and click on "OK". You have to repeat this process for each file (a + b + c + d).

    7. Start wmf11dist.exe and follow the instructions. It might happen that your server will be restarted automatically, don't get scared, this is normal even if you selected on the last screen to not restart the computer now. Check for the Compatibility settings if your server gets restarted and make sure "Windows XP" is selected before you continue starting/installing other files.

    8. Start umdf.exe and follow the instructions.
    9. Start wmdbexport.exe and follow the instructions.

    10. If your server has not been restarted automatically up to now please restart the server manually. Check again for "Compatibility" settings for the last file (d) "wmp11.exe".

    11. Start wmp11.exe and follow the instructions.

    12. You should find in Start / Programs the "Windows Media Player", start it and start the configuration process. Make sure to select "Custom Settings" and select to automatically download codecs. Finish the configuration process and close the Windows Media Player 11.

    13. Start your Expression Encoder 3, import an Audio file for testing purposes and select WMA Pro Encoding.

    Voila, you'll be able to select 16-bit audio encoding with WMA Pro at a max. Bitrate of 192kbit/s.

    @Microsoft: Would be wise to fix this, since some people might not only want to encode their home videos but more complex content on a server rather then a desktop computer with high audio quality, and compatibility for Silverlight at 16-bit.

    Thanks for reporting this. 

    Best regards,

    Jonathan

     

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:08 AM