Microsoft releases a redesigned Camera app for Insiders, and adds CD Ripping to Media Player
Microsoft has released a new version of the Windows Camera app with more options for users in the Developer Channel of the Windows Insider Program. The new Media Player app has gained a useful feature too.
New Windows Camera app
The old camera app had the following options: HDR, Photo Timer, Take Photo, Video, Document, and Whiteboard capture modes. It now has options for QR Code and Barcode scanning. For what it's worth, I already have Barcode scanning in the Windows Camera app version 2022.2205.8.0 in the stable version of Windows 11. The design of the app is more consistent with that of Windows 11's UI.
The new version of the Camera app that is available for Windows Insiders, is 2022.2206.2.0. It doesn't ship with the recent OS build, you will need to update the Windows Camera app from the Microsoft Store to get the latest version.
There is one other change in the new app that went unmentioned in the release notes. The Camera Settings have been revamped, the options are no longer displayed in a sidebar, rather they are accessed from a dedicated page. Microsoft has replaced the scrollable list with collapsible panels for each section, that you can expand by clicking on the tile. You may want to enable the "Try out experimental features" in the Settings, and restart the Camera app. As of now, it only adds an option to change the action that is triggered when you press and hold the camera button; Take one photo, Start a photo burst, or Start capturing video.
CD ripping in Media Player app
The new Media Player app that debuted in November last year, has a new feature that allows you to rip tracks from Audio CDs. I couldn't test it since I don't have an optical drive, but Microsoft says that the app supports 4 output formats that you can choose to export your songs in: AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC. That should come in handy for users who want to preserve their music collection in lossless formats, it's always good to have backups of the media.
Based on the screenshot, it seems that users may choose the bit rate while extracting the soundtracks and albums.
Movies and TV app
The Redmond company is also rolling out an update to the Movies & TV app to users in the Dev Channel. The new version of the app is 10.22061.1024.0 The app now supports ARM64 devices natively, and with better performance.
Microsoft is migrating local video playback for file types that have been associated with the Movies & TV app to the new Media Player. This will only impact files that you have associated with the app. That will essentially limit the app's functionality to play Movies and TV Shows that you have purchased or rented from the Microsoft Store.
But, it still supports local media, you can play them from the Personal tab, open them with Movies & TV from File Explorer. You could re-associate the file types to play in the app, from the Settings app > Apps > Default apps > Movies & TV.
Good job Microsoft. It only took 9 years to get 1% feature parity with Windows Media Player. Who uses these useless apps anyways? Third party programs has been superior.
CD ripping? Who actually asked for this? We solved this problem 15 years ago – there are countless free, portable apps that can rip CDs… in formats that normal people use, like MP3 or even FLAC. MS is trying to resurrect WMA again??
How about fixing all the regressions in Win11 instead, like being able to open the task manager by right clicking the task bar?
While it may sound odd, a lot of the time it’s cheaper to buy the album on CD and rip it, than it is to buy the digital download.
I find this an interesting comment. I have only seen some instances of physical being cheaper for used items; and then only if you aren’t buying original release vinyl in good condition. But then you have to factor in shipping costs. Maybe I visit Discogs too often. ;-)
I think it depends on a number of factors, including when you buy. Content is most expensive right after release, but many releases drop in price quickly. If you buy used, you get even better deals.
I prefer physical discs, DVD or Blu-Ray, over streaming or digital purchases. While I don’t buy a lot, as there is not a whole lot to buy that is worth it and still not in my collection, it is usually pretty cheap when you buy them a while after release, during sales, or even used.
Are these summer student internship projects? I would be ashamed to say I was paid a salary to develop something so pathetic. Both Timershot Powertoy and WMP 9 from 2003 are still far more feature rich than these lame apps.
Too good, that I still use old media player 12 in my win 10 pc. After the come of groove music, the wmp lost the upper hand.