Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Saving Sharing And Playing Digital Media In Windows 7

These days, practically all of the media we consume is digital . Digital cameras have almost completely eliminated film, and more music is downloaded (legally or otherwise) than is sold on CDs . Even movies and TV are increasingly being delivered to a PC as a stream of bits rather than on a shiny disc .


The natural hub for managing all those media files is a Windows 7 PC . Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center are the tools included with Windows 7 that allow you to manage, play, and share digital  music, movies, and photos. 

Note: Some digital media tools previously included as a part of earlier Windows versions are not included with Windows 7 . On a clean installation of Windows 7, for example, you can import pictures from a digital camera and view them using Windows Explorer or Windows Photo Viewer . To edit those imported photos, however, you must use third-party software .
Windows Media Player 12 is the latest incarnation of the core media manager/player program included in Windows . It’s superficially similar to its predecessors in layout—with a navigation pane on the left side, a contents pane in the center, and tabs on the right for displaying lists of items to be played, synced, or burned to CD or DVD . 


Most simple tasks in Windows Media Player work without any customization . If you doubleclick an album in the library, it begins playing through the default playback device (normally, your PC’s speakers) . When you insert a DVD, the player starts, switches to full-screen mode, and begins playing back the movie immediately .


What’s new in Windows Media Player 12? The most significant change is one you might not notice immediately: the player now supports playback of additional file types, including standard and high-definition movies recorded on digital cameras and saved in H .264 and AVC formats . If you previously had to install a third-party package such as Apple’s Quick- Time to play back those movies, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that you can now play them using Windows Media Player .


The other significant new digital-media feature in Windows Media Player 12 is the ability to stream media between devices on a Windows network . After you enable this capability, you can select a remote device (such as the HP MediaSmart Connect device) and use the Play To menu to send the contents of a playlist from your Windows 7 PC to that device over the network .

The other major media program in Windows 7 is Windows Media Center . For playing back media files, it shares much of the code from Windows Media Player . (One major capability that Media Center has that is not in Media Player is the ability to record TV from a TV tuner device .) Media Center uses what is known as a 10-foot interface, designed to be used in a living room with a remote control (although it’s quite functional on a laptop or desktop PC as well) . 

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