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Obtaining content

You can stream many types of content in Windows Media Format, including a radio show, a song, a television program, or a music video. Content can either be a stored Windows Media file or a live stream. You can also create a playlist file that references a combination of files and live streams and generates a continuous stream. The following table lists software available from Microsoft that you can use to create and edit Windows Media-based content.

Tool Description
Windows Media Encoder Use to convert both live and prerecorded content to Windows Media Format. Windows Media Services is compatible with Windows Media Encoder version 4.1 and later.
Windows Media Encoding Script Use this command-line tool to convert both live and prerecorded audio and video into Windows Media files or streams.
Windows Media Player Use to copy existing content from a CD.
Windows Movie Maker Use to capture audio and video and do simple video editing. Windows Movie Maker is a feature of Windows XP Home Edition and Professional.
Windows Media Stream Editor Use to split or combine streams in existing Windows Media files into new Windows Media files.
Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint 2002 Use to combine slides from a presentation created in Microsoft PowerPoint or Web pages created with Microsoft FrontPageĀ® with audio and video.
Windows Media File Editor Use to open and edit a file with a .wmv, .wma, or .asf file name extension. This utility enables you to trim the start and end points of a file, as well as add attributes, markers, and script commands.

For more information about obtaining and using any of the above products as well as information about additional content creation tools, see the Windows Media home page at the Microsoft Web site.

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