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  • Question

  • By: pbdigger

    Can somebody within Microsoft advise why the only output format for 
    automating slideshows in Expression Media is Quicktime Movie format?
    
    This is particularly annoying as the other members of the Expression Studio 
    family do not appear to recognise this format when I try to include them in a 
    project or a web-page.
    
    Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this or maybe point me in the 
    direction of what I am doing wrong. 
    
    Having worked with FrontPage from its inception I used to have more success 
    in using Javascript to run my own slideshows exactly as I wanted them to 
    appear. I had hoped Expression Studio would make a big improvement in this 
    area to bring it in line with competitors like Flash. Have I missed something 
    here or have I bought a lemon?
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:33 PM
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Answers

  • By: Finder

    I don't speak for Microsoft but what I did was take the Exp Media slideshow 
    MOV file into Microsoft Expression Encoder (free trial) on Windows and encode 
    it out as WMV. Hopefully this work around won't be necessary for version 2.
    
    
    "pbdigger" wrote:
    
    > Can somebody within Microsoft advise why the only output format for 
    > automating slideshows in Expression Media is Quicktime Movie format?
    > 
    > This is particularly annoying as the other members of the Expression Studio 
    > family do not appear to recognise this format when I try to include them in a 
    > project or a web-page.
    > 
    > Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this or maybe point me in the 
    > direction of what I am doing wrong. 
    > 
    > Having worked with FrontPage from its inception I used to have more success 
    > in using Javascript to run my own slideshows exactly as I wanted them to 
    > appear. I had hoped Expression Studio would make a big improvement in this 
    > area to bring it in line with competitors like Flash. Have I missed something 
    > here or have I bought a lemon?
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:34 PM
    Moderator

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  • By: Finder

    I don't speak for Microsoft but what I did was take the Exp Media slideshow 
    MOV file into Microsoft Expression Encoder (free trial) on Windows and encode 
    it out as WMV. Hopefully this work around won't be necessary for version 2.
    
    
    "pbdigger" wrote:
    
    > Can somebody within Microsoft advise why the only output format for 
    > automating slideshows in Expression Media is Quicktime Movie format?
    > 
    > This is particularly annoying as the other members of the Expression Studio 
    > family do not appear to recognise this format when I try to include them in a 
    > project or a web-page.
    > 
    > Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this or maybe point me in the 
    > direction of what I am doing wrong. 
    > 
    > Having worked with FrontPage from its inception I used to have more success 
    > in using Javascript to run my own slideshows exactly as I wanted them to 
    > appear. I had hoped Expression Studio would make a big improvement in this 
    > area to bring it in line with competitors like Flash. Have I missed something 
    > here or have I bought a lemon?
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:34 PM
    Moderator
  • By: pbdigger

    Sounds like a reasonable solution to me. Glad I am not alone with this problem.
    
    Thanks Finder.
    
    "Finder" wrote:
    
    > I don't speak for Microsoft but what I did was take the Exp Media slideshow 
    > MOV file into Microsoft Expression Encoder (free trial) on Windows and encode 
    > it out as WMV. Hopefully this work around won't be necessary for version 2.
    > 
    > 
    > "pbdigger" wrote:
    > 
    > > Can somebody within Microsoft advise why the only output format for 
    > > automating slideshows in Expression Media is Quicktime Movie format?
    > > 
    > > This is particularly annoying as the other members of the Expression Studio 
    > > family do not appear to recognise this format when I try to include them in a 
    > > project or a web-page.
    > > 
    > > Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this or maybe point me in the 
    > > direction of what I am doing wrong. 
    > > 
    > > Having worked with FrontPage from its inception I used to have more success 
    > > in using Javascript to run my own slideshows exactly as I wanted them to 
    > > appear. I had hoped Expression Studio would make a big improvement in this 
    > > area to bring it in line with competitors like Flash. Have I missed something 
    > > here or have I bought a lemon?
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:36 PM
    Moderator
  • By: pbdigger

    EUREKA!! I've found a better way - AND WITHIN EX.MEDIA!!!
    
    1. Create a new catalogue within Expression Media. Back in Windows.
    2. Find the folder containing the Quick Time .mov files, select and drop 
    them into the New Catalogue window in Media. 
    Note: I do not know why Media cannot pick these up through it's own search 
    but I found this the easiest way to get the .mov files into the window.
    3. Next, click on one of the movies (or select all if you are brave).
    4. In Ex. Media Select "Action" from the Main Tool Bar at the top of the 
    screen.
    5. Second to last on the list is "Convert Movie Files" - select this option
    6. There are several options here but suffices to say that you are selecting 
    the OUPUT format (even though it doesn't tell you this).
    7. I selected MPEG-4 but there are a number of output options (see the 
    "settings" button in the window). I do not know sufficient to change too many 
    of these so just changed the obvious ones.
    8. You can save these settings for future use with the other button at 
    bottom left.
    9. Press the convert button and let it rip.
    10. I now have a fully working MPEG-4 movie that I can drop into my 
    Expression Web page as required.
    11. SORTED!
    
    
    "Finder" wrote:
    
    > I don't speak for Microsoft but what I did was take the Exp Media slideshow 
    > MOV file into Microsoft Expression Encoder (free trial) on Windows and encode 
    > it out as WMV. Hopefully this work around won't be necessary for version 2.
    > 
    > 
    > "pbdigger" wrote:
    > 
    > > Can somebody within Microsoft advise why the only output format for 
    > > automating slideshows in Expression Media is Quicktime Movie format?
    > > 
    > > This is particularly annoying as the other members of the Expression Studio 
    > > family do not appear to recognise this format when I try to include them in a 
    > > project or a web-page.
    > > 
    > > Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this or maybe point me in the 
    > > direction of what I am doing wrong. 
    > > 
    > > Having worked with FrontPage from its inception I used to have more success 
    > > in using Javascript to run my own slideshows exactly as I wanted them to 
    > > appear. I had hoped Expression Studio would make a big improvement in this 
    > > area to bring it in line with competitors like Flash. Have I missed something 
    > > here or have I bought a lemon?
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:37 PM
    Moderator