Expression Encoder 4 Identity Crisis
I started to play around with Expression Encoder 4 Screen Capture doing some recordings when the software showed me this dialog:
Strange, this is the version I installed from my Ultimate Super Extra Complete Top of the line Expression Studio 4 that I downloaded from my Ultimate Super Extra Complete Top of the line MSDN subscription.
I went to the Expression Encoder 4 page and surely, the Pro edition is bundled in Expression Studio 4 Ultimate. Hummm, is this what I have? Well, the about box reveals something interesting. What I have is Expression Encoder 4 Pro (without codecs).
Doh! What’s that? This version is not even listed in the Expression Encoder 4 page! Is this why I can’t record for more than 10 minutes? Wait! This is a limitation of the standard version. You known, the Not Pro version. What’s wrong with my (without codecs) version and who the hell are you mister (without codecs)?
First of all, the version included in the MSDN subscriptions is the Pro version without codecs. Because of distribution and royalties reasons, Microsoft can’t bundle these codecs with the software we get in our MSDN subscriptions. If you need them, you can buy the full retail without the (without codecs) for a mere $50US ($85CDN - yeah, go figure!) from the Microsoft online store.
[EDIT: the final price is $199 in the US store and $279 in the Canadian store]
OK, great. The identity crisis of my Encoder 4 Pro is now resolved but what about that 10 minutes limit? Isn’t that a limitation of Encoder 4 (not the Pro or the Pro without codecs)? Another identity crisis? Well, it’s a known bug and from what I learned, a fix is on its way.
Identity crisis solved (well almost).