Over the years Microsoft released many great and useful tools, but unfortunately the development of certain tools had to be canceled. One of these tools is Windows Media Encoder, and since Microsoft isn’t developing this tool anymore, we decided to try it and see if it works on Windows 10.
How to install and use Windows Media Encoder on Windows 10?
Windows Media Encoder is a freeware media encoder that allows you to convert and record both live and prerecorded audio and video. This tool encodes videos by using Windows Media Video version 7, 8 or 9. Regarding audio, this application uses Windows Media Audio version 9.2 or version 10. Bear in mind that using version 10 requires special codecs to be installed.
Windows Media Encoder supports two-pass encoding in order to enhance the quality for on-demand content. Another useful feature of this tool is variable bitrate that can be used for high-motion sequences in order to ensure the highest quality. This application supports scripted encoding with wmcmd.vbs VBScript file thus allowing users to encode large number of media files.
To install Windows Media Encoder on Windows 10, you need to do the following:
- Download Windows Media Encoder. Be sure to select the version that matches your operating system.
- Find the WMEncoder file that you just downloaded and run it.
- Setup welcome screen will now show. Click Next.
- Read the License Agreement, select I accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next.
- Select the installation folder and click Next.
- Click Install button to start the installation.
- Wait for the installation to complete.
- Once the install is completed, click Finish.
Once the setup process is completed, you can start the Windows Media Encoder by clicking its shortcut.
Once you start the application, New Session window will appear. From here you can choose between several predefined presets or you can create your own custom session.
If you choose to create your own session you can change a wide range of options including audio and video sources, output, compression rate, etc.
By choosing a certain preset, you’ll start a New Session Wizard. In our example we used Capture audio or video preset and the preset wizard allowed us to choose between different audio and video sources. In addition, there’s an option to configure both audio and video source.
After selecting the source, we choose the destination directory.
In addition, there’s an option to change the quality and encoding settings.
Now you just need to enter relative information regarding your recording such as title, author name and description. Lastly, you just need to review your settings before you start recording.
To start recording just click the Start Encoding button.
During the recording session you’ll see all the necessary information such as remaining disk space, CPU load, etc.
Windows Media Encoder is perfect if you’re planning to broadcast content, and with built-in screen recording feature this tool is great if you want to create a video tutorial.
In addition to Windows Media Encoder, there are two more applications available. First is Windows Media Stream Editor that allows you to add source files and mix and match audiences.
Next tool is Windows Media Profile Editor, and using this tool you can edit both audio and video profiles. After editing a certain profile, you can export it and create a completely new profile for you.
Even though the last version of this software was released in early 2003, we’re happy to say that Windows Media Encoder works without any problems on Windows 10.