Windows Phone 7 photography features discussed in 1 hour long video chat

The Windows Phone 7 team had a one hour long live chat / Webcast about WP7′s photography features on the official Microsoft website. There’s a lot of mumbo jumbo PR talk in there and you won’t learn a whole lot at all. Here’s a short break down of the the most “interesting stuff”:

1- Some talk about the SkyDrive / Facebook etc upload and sharing feature

2- No HD video playback: Yup he kinda tries to dodge the question here. The base video specs in WP7 is apparently VGA/WVGA and he basically admits that to playback HD videos you’ll have to go through the Zune software (and Windows Live Movie maker) which re-encodes the videos to a lower resolution (the Windows Phone encoding profile in new beta WLMM is actually 800×600 compared to the Zune HD’s 720P profile….) OEMS will have the ability to have camera sensors capable of capturing in 720P video, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to playback in HD on the device (wtf?). It is not clear if OEMS can bypass the OS’s video limitation yet. I’ve posted the full Windows Phone 7 codecs specs here.

3- Windows Live Sync / Photo Mail HTMH email

4- Compression of pictures: Pictures uploaded to Windows Live / FaceBook will be compressed (not in mails thouhh)

5- No HDMI out in chassis specs.

6- Etc…

check the video after the break:

Source: Microsoft

  • JagTechie

    To be honest, that’s not how I took it. You have been doing this longer than I have, but it seems to me they’re saying that is the MINIMUM spec, but if the OEM wants to add HD level, they can. They just wanted to have a basic in there. Kind of like saying we’ll make your car with a V6, but if you want to add a turbo V12, that’s fine. Again, this is more your area of expertise but that’s how I took it.

  • JagTechie

    To be honest, that’s not how I took it. You have been doing this longer than I have, but it seems to me they’re saying that is the MINIMUM spec, but if the OEM wants to add HD level, they can. They just wanted to have a basic in there. Kind of like saying we’ll make your car with a V6, but if you want to add a turbo V12, that’s fine. Again, this is more your area of expertise but that’s how I took it.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    I admit that something doesn’t sound right. JP cleary dodges the bullet when he talks about Syncing/Editing HD video with the Zune software and Windows Live Movie Maker (Edit: you can see this on video starting at 03:30 where he uses the Windows Phone VGA profile to upload a video from WLMM to an LG Panther: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/fam/videoGallery.aspx?contentID=keynote_clip6 ). We basically didn’t hear anything new here as he just repeated what we have seen in the official specs list I posted a few days ago:
    MAXIMUM Resolution/FPS for playback is 800×600 but MAXIMUM Res/FPS for encoding is 720P in MP4 Simple Profile. So yeah OEMS are allowed to have cameras that capture at 720P but the maximum for video decoding is 800×600. WTH? And just to be precise the QSD8x50 SnapDragon chipset is capable of:

    Deconding video up to 30fps @720p (1280×720), 10Mbps in MPEG-4 Simple Profile and H.264 High Profile v3.0

    Encoding video Up to 24fps @720p (1280×720), 6Mbps in MPEG-4 Simple Profile

    So it isn’t a hardware limitation.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    I admit that something doesn’t sound right. JP cleary dodges the bullet when he talks about Syncing/Editing HD video with the Zune software and Windows Live Movie Maker (Edit: you can see this on video starting at 03:30 where he uses the Windows Phone VGA profile to upload a video from WLMM to an LG Panther: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/fam/videoGallery.aspx?contentID=keynote_clip6 ). We basically didn’t hear anything new here as he just repeated what we have seen in the official specs list I posted a few days ago:
    MAXIMUM Resolution/FPS for playback is 800×600 but MAXIMUM Res/FPS for encoding is 720P in MP4 Simple Profile. So yeah OEMS are allowed to have cameras that capture at 720P but the maximum for video decoding is 800×600. WTH? And just to be precise the QSD8x50 SnapDragon chipset is capable of:

    Deconding video up to 30fps @720p (1280×720), 10Mbps in MPEG-4 Simple Profile and H.264 High Profile v3.0

    Encoding video Up to 24fps @720p (1280×720), 6Mbps in MPEG-4 Simple Profile

    So it isn’t a hardware limitation.

  • Jules

    Does the no HDMI-out in chassis spec means that it isn’t required, or isn’t allowed?

  • Jules

    Does the no HDMI-out in chassis spec means that it isn’t required, or isn’t allowed?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    It means that it isn’t required. OEMs can add one but I’m not expecting any of the launch devices to have one. The Samsung Galaxy S which is an HD capable device (it can playback any format at 720P) doesn’t even have one and I fully eexpect the Samsung Cetus to have the same chassis besides the Chipset (SnapDragon instead of Hummingbird). The LG Panther / GW910 protoype doesn’t have one either and is capable of recording 720P videos.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    It means that it isn’t required. OEMs can add one but I’m not expecting any of the launch devices to have one. The Samsung Galaxy S which is an HD capable device (it can playback any format at 720P) doesn’t even have one and I fully eexpect the Samsung Cetus to have the same chassis besides the Chipset (SnapDragon instead of Hummingbird). The LG Panther / GW910 protoype doesn’t have one either and is capable of recording 720P videos.