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The Encoder team has updated their Silverlight Streaming (SLS) plugin for Expression Encoder 2.  On the surface pretty much nothing has changed, but it essentially updates the ability to use the plugin to publish Silverlight 2 templates to SLS automatically without getting the random error that you’ve probably seen if you tried.

Since the new Silverlight 2 player templates are completely parameter-driven, which is awesome, it did present a small challenge for the plugin.  When you use the new plugin with a Silverlight 2 player template, you’ll notice that the resulting application uses a bootstrapping method to launch with initialization parameters.  This models (in fact I modeled my information) the bootstrap method I outlined in a previous post.

With the new plugin, for media applications at least, you don’t have to mess with creating your Javascript files or manifest files…the plugin does all that for you now in the pre-processing before uploading to the SLS service.  Because all of this is in there now, my process of making the SL2VideoPlayer a one-click template in Expression Encoder is now complete!  I’ve chosen to stick with my “minimum” fork of the template (no markers or caption support) because that’s the scenario I use mostly, just a player.  You can get the template files here.  Just unzip into the Encoder templates directory and it will show up as an option.  When used, the SLS plugin correctly translates all the settings into initParams for you.

Here’s the download links:

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