Creating Single ASF Files From a Playlist
(Authored by Michael Koerner, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Streaming Format (ASF)
A data format for streaming audio and video content, images, and script commands in packets over a network. ASF content can be an .asf file or a live stream generated by Windows Media Encoder. ASF content that is in the process of being delivered over a network is called an ASF stream. ASF is a great file format for PowerPoint and works well for presentation export to websites and PowerPoint Autorun CD’s. Caution: For a website you will want to keep the file size as small as possible (500 KB or less), because each KB must be “streamed” to the user’s system. If you are distributing your presentation via PowerPoint Autorun CD you can include very large ASF files (100 MB even!) because no “streaming” is required and only a minor delay will occur when the presentation initiates and begins playing the ASF file.
What you’ll need
This tutorial was created using version 7.1. Win95 and NT4 users require Windows Media Player version 6.x. All versions can be down loaded from the above URL.
Step 1 – Creating a Playlist
thing to get ready, is a Playlist of the music you want to use in your
project, and this is done, using your Windows Media Player.
What is a
A playlist is a
customized list of the files that you want to watch or listen to. A
playlist enables you to group various media content together to be
played in any order that you specify. Use the Media Library feature to
add CD tracks or a link to a file or stream such as a radio station to a
playlist. For example, you could create a playlist that includes a
couple of tracks from various CDs, a radio station, and a video.
group media content and store the location of media content, whether the
location is your computer, another computer on your network, or the
Internet. Playlists typically have an .asx or .m3u file extension. When
you play an item from a playlist, Windows Media Player accesses the file
from it’s location and plays the file.
To Create a Playlist
Adding files to a playlistYou can add files to a playlist as long as they are listed in Media Library. If the file that you want to add to a playlist is not in Media Library, you must add it to Media Library before you can add it to a playlist.
To add a file to a playlist
Note: You can
add as many files to a playlist as you want.
Step 2 – Recording Source
We next have to
determine the Recording Source for our material. This is done by Right
Clicking on the Speaker Icon in your Task Bar, Select “Open Volume
Controls”, select Options, then Properties, then Recording and OK.
With your Media Player playing a selection from your Play List, and from the drop down window you received when you clicked OK, see image below, play with the sliders until you find the slider that controls the volume record level and select it. (Mine, happened to be the Wave Balance). Close this window once your selection is complete. Note: You can do this step from within the Encoder if your using version 7.1
Step 3 – Configuring the Media Encoder
are now ready to start Setting up the Windows Media Encoder. The
following next 7 screens will prepare the encoder for the recording
Note: The Highlighted default settings have been used, except where annotated.
Step 4 - Recording
We are now ready to start recording. It does not
matter which button you click first, the Start Button on the Encoder
image above or the Play Button on the Media Player image below. Just
remember that once started the second button has to be clicked
Once you're up and recording, your Encoder window will look like this.
Once your Playlist has completed, click the Stop button, to finalize your ASF/WMA Creation.
Once stopped, you will receive the following screen. Select one of the 4 choices available.
You will probably note that the file created has a WMA
extension. This is completely interchangeable with ASF. Also a number of
the pop up screens you receive along the way can be turned off if you so
desire. See bottom left on screen below, as an example.
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