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  1. Expression Encoder needs a Silverlight template that offers post-play functionality

    Microsoft should include an Expression Encoder Silverlight template that includes actions for a user to take after a video finishes playing. These should include socially-aware functionality, similar to that of most other video hosting sites.

    For example, look at the three options presented when a video finishes playing on CNN:

    CNN's player is a good example which provide users more functionalities
    Figure: CNN’s player is a good example of giving a user something to do following playback

    Microsoft should include a template that offers:

    • An option to "replay"
    • An option to "embed"
    • An option to "share" (via a number of social networking sites)

  2. Help me setup the microphone

    How do I know which microphone is which, and if it really works? It should at least contain a volume level bar where you see and change the volume of the microphone.

    CNN's player is a good example which provide users more functionalities
    Figure: Bad – Expression Encoder has no volume level bar to see the microphone input volume
    CNN's player is a good example which provide users more functionalities
    Figure: Good – Skype shows us the current volume level of the microphone so we can see it is picking up sounds

Acknowledgements

Adam Cogan
Joe Hardy