Windows Media encoder is a free software that can be used to encode streaming media.
Streaming media allows media to be delivered via the Web. Because the media is being
“streamed,” the user can view the media before the entire clip is downloaded. Many formats are
available for streaming but the one currently being supported by the university is Windows
Media file (.asf, .wm, .wma, .wmv). Windows Media Encoder is used to capture and convert
media into one of the above forms. These formats can be streamed from most web servers and
anyone with windows 98 or better would be able to view them.
Hardware and Software Requirements for General Use
A 266MHz Pentium with MMX with no less than 64 MB of RAM or better is required. The
system must be running either Windows 2000 or Windows XP. A video and/or audio capture
card with the proper cabling is necessary to connect the computer to your media source – VCR,
CD player, microphone, cassette player, etc.
1. Start Windows Media Encoder:
Go to Start Menu > Programs >Windows Media > Windows Media Encoder
2. Once the program starts a New Session
window will pop up (if it is not visible then
click on File and select New).
3. In the New Session window select Capture
Audio or Video. Press OK.
4. Select the device that will provide the
video and audio source buy clicking on
the drop down menu (When working on
the Plover workstation, select AVC
Compliant DV Device for the video
source and leave the audio source as
default audio device). Then, press Next.
5. Choose a location and file name where
you would like to save the Windows
Media file (i.e. “C:TempMovie1.wmv”).
To do this you can either enter in the
location and file name in the textbox, or
click browse and locate a folder and enter
a file name.
6. Next you must choose how you want to
distribute this file to your audience. If you
will be streaming this file from a general
web server then select the second option.
(If you wish to stream this from a
dedicated Windows Media Server*,
select the first choice). After your
selection, click Next.
*contact your department to see if space on
GMU’s Windows Media Server is available for
you. For more information on this matter please
7. Select the settings that best fits your target
audience and the content of your media.
Then, click Next.
8. Fill in the content information and press
9. Click the setup… button. In the pop-up window select “(No device control line set up)” then
10. Windows Media Encoder will now be preset with the settings you specified in steps
1 though 8. You are now ready to capture. Start the video input (i.e. press play on the VCR)
and the press the Start button. When you are done press Stop. The program will ask you if
you are sure you want to stop recording. Click Yes.
11. After you stop recording the statistics of your file will pop up in a dialog box. To preview the
captured video click on the View Output File button.
12. End the session by clicking Close.
Author: Nam Thai
Reference info – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/howto/articles/IntroEncoding.aspx
Last updated 10/2003 Page 4