Poll: Has Microsoft become a serious contender in video-editing tools?

The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog polls members on this question: Has Microsoft become a serious contender in video editing tools?

As the duly appointed and designated host of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog, I am tasked with trying to keep up with the news that swirls around Microsoft practically every day. Recently, there was a press release/conference/story about a new development project called Silverlight Rough Cut Editor (RCE). RCE is a browser-based video editor. Quoting from the RCE download Web site on MSDN:

"Silverlight Rough Cut Editor (RCE) simplifies the editing and publishing process, enabling real-time, browser-based video editing, and providing the ability for publishers to improve collaboration, manage dynamic metadata and deliver exciting content to the Web.

RCE provides media organizations with a lightweight, Web-based tool that editors anywhere can use to assemble and edit video, audio, images, and XAML overlays with time code accurate control."

There are a couple of interesting points to note: 1) Silverlight Rough Cut Editor is a free download, and 2) the technology was used by NBC for the Winter Olympics, so it seems to actually work and work well. But the question I would like to consider is whether RCE will be widely adopted.

A quick and dirty Google search, "browser-based video editing," reveals a multitude of choices besides RCE. Does Microsoft have the gravitas in the video-editing tool and development space to separate RCE from the rest of the pack? What do you think? Take the poll and then join the discussion to tell us why or why not. And if you have downloaded and tried RCE gives us your impression — how well does it work?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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