Early adopters leveraging Microsoft's Internet Information Services 7 to stream content to customers should have a look at Microsoft's Transform Manager 1.0 for their video format conversion needs.
"IIS Transform Manager 1.0 Beta is an extensible media transform engine that enables "watch folder" job submission, queuing, management, integrated media transcoding/transmuxing, and batch-encryption of on-demand audio and video files," Microsoft revealed.
"With this release, we've incorporated some great feature requests from a large number of customers who've been running the Alpha release in commercial production for months," Microsoft said.
"In addition to the previous ability to almost instantly convert Smooth Streaming content for use on Apple iOS devices, Transform Manager now also enables you to convert segmented .mp4 files to Smooth Streaming presentations and then apply DRM encryption," the Redmond company stated.
"Add to this the new ability to scale out across multi-core HPC clusters, plus improved monitoring and management controls, and you have one very high-performance media transform engine at a very low price point."
"One example of a media transform is transcoding Windows Media-formatted and MP4-formatted files, or other encoder-supported file formats, to on-demand Smooth Streams for delivery to Smooth Streaming-compatible clients (such as Silverlight)."
"Another example is transmuxing Smooth Streaming fragments encoded with H.264 (AVC) video and AAC-LC audio codecs to MPEG-2 Transport Stream (MPEG-2 TS) segments for delivery to Apple mobile digital devices," the software gian said.
Transform Manager can be integrated with the IIS Smooth Streaming feature in IIS Media Services, which delivers the "transformed" content.