This quick start demonstrates how to stream a set of files in
the order you specify. This streaming scenario is ideal for
providing online training or a series of on-demand presentations.
To set up this task, you need to identify a set of Windows Media
files that you intend to stream as a playlist, and then use the
following steps to accomplish the task:
Use the Add Publishing Point Wizard to create a new on-demand
publishing point by right-clicking the server from which you want
to stream a playlist and then clicking Add Publishing Point
(Wizard). Proceed through the wizard pages making the following
On the Publishing Point Name page, type a name for the
new publishing point.
On the Content Type page, click Playlist.
On the Publishing Point Type page, click On-demand
On the Existing Publishing Point page, click Add a
new publishing point.
On the File Location page, click New
Use the wizard to create a new playlist by doing the following:
On the New Playlist page, click the Add Media
button. The Add Media Elements dialog box appears.
In Location of content, type the location of the content
or click the Browse button to locate the content. Click
Repeat the previous step as necessary to add all of the files
to the playlist.
On the New Playlist page, adjust the sequence of the
files in the playlist by clicking a file and then clicking the
Move Up or Move Down buttons.
On the Save Playlist File page, type a unique file name
and location for your playlist.
Use the wizard to enable and configure the following plug-ins:
WMS Playlist Transform plug-in
On the Content Playback page, select the appropriate check
box if you want to loop or shuffle your playlist content. Select
both check boxes for continuous, random playback.
WMS Client Logging plug-in
On the Unicast Logging page, select the check box if you
want to log data about your clients.
Verify that your wizard settings are correct and complete:
On the Publishing Point Summary page, verify that the
settings for the new publishing point are correct.
On the Completing the Add Publishing Point Wizard page,
clear all of the check boxes and then click Finish.
Users can now receive the content in the playlist by using the
URL of your publishing point. The URL of a publishing point uses
the following syntax: connection
example, mms://server1/my playlist).
For more information about testing your streaming content, see
Testing a stream.
You can use announcements to direct users to
your content. Announcements are metafiles that automatically open
Windows Media Player and direct the Player to the content on a
publishing point. For more information about announcements, see
Working with the announcement
You can change the properties for a file in a
playlist by modifying the properties area in the Playlist Editor or
by using the Source tab. For more information about
modifying playlist elements and attributes, see the Playlist reference or the Windows Media
Services 9 Series Software Development Kit (SDK) available on the
Windows Media home page at the Microsoft Web site.