Microsoft has released a new version of the Windows Camera app with more options for users in the Windows Insider Developer Channel. The new Media Player app has also gained a useful feature.
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 scanning QR codes and barcodes. 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 the UI of Windows 11.
The new Camera app version available to Windows Insiders is 2022.2206.2.0. It does not come with the recent version of the operating system, you will need to update the Windows Camera app from the Microsoft Store to get the latest version.
There is another change in the new app that was not mentioned in the release notes. The camera settings have been redesigned, the options are no longer displayed in a sidebar, they are rather accessible from a dedicated page. Microsoft replaced the drop-down list with collapsible panels for each section, which you can expand by clicking on the thumbnail. You can enable “Try experimental features” in settings and restart the Camera app. From now on it only adds an option to change the action that is triggered when you press and hold the camera button; Take a photo, start a photo burst, or start capturing video.
Ripping CDs in the Media Player app
The new Media Player app, which debuted in November last year, has a new feature that lets you rip tracks from audio CDs. I couldn’t test it because I don’t have an optical drive, but Microsoft says the app supports 4 output formats you can choose to export your songs in: AAC, WMA, FLAC, and ALAC . This should be useful for users who want to keep their music collection in lossless formats, it’s always good to have media backups.
From the screenshot, it looks like users can choose the bitrate when ripping soundtracks and albums.
Movies & TV app
The Redmond company is also rolling out an update to the Movies & TV app for Dev Channel users. The new app version 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 affect files that you have associated with the app. This will basically 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 Personal tab, open them with Movies & TV from File Explorer. You can re-associate file types to play in the app, from the Settings app > Apps > Default apps > Movies & TV.