Video.Show: A Silverlight Reference-quality Sample

Video.Show is an end-to-end solution that provides a reference-quality sample for user-generated video content sites. Taking advantage of all of our latest technologies: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, LINQ, Silverlight, Expression Encoder and Silverlight Streaming, Video.Show provides support for uploading, encoding, tagging, viewing and commenting on videos. Since not many people are building video sites […]

Video.Show is an end-to-end solution that provides a reference-quality sample for user-generated video content sites. Taking advantage of all of our latest technologies: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, LINQ, Silverlight, Expression Encoder and Silverlight Streaming, Video.Show provides support for uploading, encoding, tagging, viewing and commenting on videos. Since not many people are building video sites like YouTube that have millions of videos, we've optimized the experience for sites with tens to thousands of videos.

The version published today is a beta release; we've still got a few minor tweaks ahead of us before we're ready to call this final. Nevertheless, if you're interested in using Silverlight to build out a video site, it's a great starting point. The screenshots on the right-hand side of the post give you a quick idea of the capabilities of this application. Here's a short feature list:

  • imageVideo wall for browsing videos. Hover the mouse over any individual video to see an instant thumbnail preview.
  • Time marker-based comment system. Pause the video at an interesting moment and add your comment, and it will appear as that frame is displayed on playback.
  • Site membership using ASP.NET. Sign in and create a custom profile; favorite, tag and upload videos.
  • First-time experience for a user without Silverlight installed demonstrates best practices for detection and installation.
  • Web services for retrieving video catalogs, tagging and favorites.
  • Background batch processing task that handles the encoding of videos using Expression Encoder and uploads to Silverlight Streaming.
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