This project has been in the works for quite a while. It’s also been part of the reason that I have not posted for a couple months. The project was to create and host a serries of videos that show users how to use Microsoft adCenter. RedTech handled everything on this project, from the filming of the talent to the coding of the Silverlight player. The project is live in Canada (French and English) and Latin America.
A couple of quick hilights for my roll on the project:
- I did some green screen keying and digital compositing (more on this later).
- I did some of the AfterEffects animation and localization.
- I coded the Silverlight player application based on the excellent design by Ned Canon
I learned a lot about implementing Silverlight video experiences on this project. There are lots of things in the code that are more efficient here than in my previous implementations, although it’s a bit un-exciting to people other than myself. Others might appreciate that I’ve been able to hook into the site’s reporting tools so that our clients get page specific information on user behaviour, and that the player is using the IIS Smooth Streaming technology to provide a continuous video stream based on the end user’s bandwidth.
We had a great team on this project to produce about 2 1/2 hours of tutorials in three languages. Special mention should go to Ned Canon, the designer, and Dan Johnson, our publisher, who helped me troubleshoot the player.
You can view the live Canadian site at: http://advertising.microsoft.com/canada/en/online-seminars