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just yesterday tim sneath posted a video on creating video with overlays.  as i saw that come in my reader, i was just finishing testing my code for a screencast i was recording on creating video with timed overlays.  i figured, what the heck, you can never have enough tutorials, and mine was demonstrating a different method for accomplishing the same thing.

the scenario i was thinking of came to mind when i was lazy and watching television.  i saw a commercial where the person in the commercial said "if you call the number that is at the bottom of your screen" and then the number popped up.  i thought this concept would make a good tutorial on using markers in media files.  for advertisers, this would allow media to be re-used, but leverage different messaging in the form of language, promotional offers maybe,  especially in the web space, you'd probably want to provide specific marketing depending on the placement of the media advertisement.  or at least that was my thinking...

Creating Video with Timed Overlaysanyhow, so i put the screencast up and added it to my TimCast feed.  it demonstrates first using (preview) to import a quicktime movie file recorded with my isight camera and placing media markers within the media, then encoding the file to a consumable format by .  the next step is leveraging expression blend 2 (preview) to render the media and add event handling looking for the media markers and responding to them with different animations and functions.

it's about 19 minutes, and might be some good peripheral learning.  i'm hoping to do more of these, so any suggestions of topics is appreciated...feel free to leave a comment about a suggested topic.

you can also view the video on channel9 if you don't like subscribing to podcast feeds.

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the first night of mix yielded a few pre-parties.  i first went to the regional director dinner event, where we were able to chat with a few who happen to be at mix this year.  of particular note is from .  they are demonstrating (and you can see it/download the source) a really slick wpf application called which is essentially a visualization tool for family history information...very cool, check it out.

after that (and actually a little bit before) i went to the mashup day area (which will be going on as well monday night stay tuned for more on that).  after that i headed to the 'bloggerzone' -- which i'm pretty sure is basically one of the channel 9 guys' suite room that was opened up to host a party for bloggers.  a little crackdown, a little guitar hero, breakfast food (?), and some great conversations around how amazon s3 has saved certain companies money, etc.

i had a chance to finally meet .  what?! name doesn't ring a bell?  well, this blog here is hosted on the platform.  Subtext is a fork of the .Text engine.  phil was the man that started the movement and what has become one of the more active open source microsoft platform projects (there are others, but i think Subtext needs some creds here as well).  i recorded a part of my conversation with phil which you can hear on my *cast link (or direct here).  he's a great guy and has a good suggestion for microsoft at the end of the conversation.

more to come from mix07!