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A little fun, the dorky way

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

So it feels like an eternity since I have blogged, so here we go again....

Over the past couple of days I decided to jump into the world of streaming media, specifically, on-demand streaming media. I did some research, and looked into the open source and semi open source options such as RealMedia and VLC Media Systems, however, they just didn't cut it. I felt like I was back in the days of RH Linux 3 manually configuring and compiling Apache. So I hopped onto my windows server 2003 box to see what I could come up with.

Enter the world of Windows Media Services. It's a pretty simple and user-friendly interface: install the services on the server, setup your MMS server, and create your publishing points for the server to broadcast.

I will say the only downfall is that for copyright reasons it tends to only like movies encoded with Microsoft or Microsoft-friendly codecs, hence, WMV.

So, after doing some conversions of my tv clips to WMV format from the more disk-space-friendly versions of MPEG and AVI, and whipping up a neat little PHP script to read the files and serve them out so a user can click a link and have it load up in their browser via the MMS server, booya, my media server is complete.

I must say Microsoft, as always, sometimes your products are so easy that I get confused because I think that it is too easy. This is once again the case, but I am ever-impressed by the responsiveness of the server, even on a fairly low-bandwidth connection.

Thats all for now folks, more to come soon, I've been very busy over the past few months, and I have alot more to share.


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