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Building video application on Windows 8 – things you want to know

If you want to build video applications on Windows 8 platform, you may find this blog useful. We (Windows Azure Media Services team) ships Smooth Streaming Client SDK for Windows 8 and Microsoft Media Platform Player framework (MMPPF) in addition to Windows 8 Media Foundation to help you build rich media applications.

Building Video application on Windows 8 – what are supported? 

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Building Windows Store Apps with Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2

Yesterday we announced the release of Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 for Windows Store Apps.The Smooth Streaming Client SDK Beta 2 for Windows Store Apps enables developers to build Windows Store applications that can play on-demand and live Smooth Streaming content with or without Microsoft PlayReady protection.

This blog is a walk-through for building a “Hello World” version of Smooth Streaming Windows Store Apps, using JavaScript and HTML5. This sample application uses Smooth Streaming Client SDKs directly. But we also recommend you to take a look at Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework for Windows 8, which is a player framework built on top of client SDKs. It is very easy to use for you to build rich video applications. If you are using earlier version of Client SDK, you could refer to this blog. Read more here

How to figure out when data chunk failed to be downloaded – SSME v2 walkthrough

This blog belongs to a series of Smooth Streaming Client v2.0 walkthroughs. You could download this latest Smooth Streaming Client SDks here. We have made a few major changes in this version. In this blog, I will introduce to you how to figure out data chunk information while you are downloading it.

While playing smooth streaming content, you could utilize ChunkDownloadedEventArgs to figure out downloaded chunk information, such as whether data chunk is successfully downloaded, what type of data chunk is, what duration the chunk has and etc. This is very useful for you to monitor data chunk download progress. If you find something wrong, you don’t have to wait the downloader to keep retrying, rather you could route to other media source for instance.
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Announcing Smooth Streaming Client SDK v2.0

I am pleased to announce the release of Smooth Streaming Client v2.0 for desktop and Windows Phone. You could get the SDK here and more excitingly, you could use this refreshed Media framework based on this SDKs to start building video streaming applications in Silverlight on Desktop or Windows Phone.

It has been over two years since the first release of Smooth Streaming Client SDK. As for today, after three major releases, Smooth Streaming Client SDK gets much mature. This .Net based framework has features include simple controls such as Play, Pause, and Stop, as well as more complex functionality such as full DVR, Instant Replay, Live Advertisement Insertion, Multiple Camera Angles, and Seek (Fast Forward/Rewind) capabilities. It has been used by major players in the media industry, such as NBC, Comcast, Rai TV, France24, Time warner Cable, Cablevision and many more.

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