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Compression for Great Video and Audio

Master Tips and Common Sense, 2nd Edition

By Ben Waggoner

  1. ISBN: 9780240812137
  2. Publication Date: November 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 624
  5. Price:
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    • £25.99 (GBP)
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Learn how to compress video and audio with optimal quality and minimal hassles. Renowned expert Ben Waggoner teaches you to improve the quality of your final content and develop effective workflows. Understand the basic concepts of vision and hearing, apply that knowledge in the context of compression, then move onto practical, applicable information for creating, editing, and compressing the best video and audio, whether you're delivering for the web, DVD, Blu-ray, phones, or beyond.

  • Clear examples of how to make the best choices in real-world projects

  • Covers Mac and Windows products for a complete look at today's compression technologies: all the different tools, codecs, and formats for different kinds of deliverables are described, focusing on how to pick the right options for particular projects, players, and sources


  • Windows Media
  • QuickTime
  • Flash FLV and F4V
  • MPEG-4 and H.264
  • MPEG-2
  • Ogg Vorbis and Theora
  • Silverlight and Smooth Streaming


  • iPod and iPhone
  • Zune HD
  • Playstation Portable
  • Playstation 3
  • Xbox 360
  • DVD and Blu-ray
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Author Bio

Ben Waggoner has been compressing video for nearly 20 years. He cofounded the pioneering digital media services company Journeyman Digital, launched Terran Interactive's consulting services division, and was principal of Interframe Media. Ben joined Microsoft in 2005, and is now Principal Video Strategist for Microsoft's Silverlight platform.



Chapter 1: Seeing and Hearing

Chapter 2: Uncompressed Video and Audio

Chapter 3: Fundamentals of Compression

Chapter 4: Digital Video Workflow

Chapter 5: Production, Acquisition and Post Production

Chapter 6: Preprocessing

Chapter 7: Using Video Codecs

Chapter 8: Using Audio Codecs

Chapter 9: Mpeg 1 & 2

Chapter 10: MP3

Chapter 11: Mpeg-4

Chapter 12: Mpeg -4 part 2: Video Codecs

Chapter 13: Advances Audio Coding and M4A

Chapter 14: h.264

Chapter 15: FLV

Chapter 16: Windows Media

Chapter 17: VC-1

Chapter 18: Windows Media Audio

Chapter 19: Ogg

Chapter 20: Real Media

Chapter 21: Bink

Chapter 22: Web Video

Chapter 23: Optical Disc: DVD, Blu-Ray, & Rom

Chapter 24: Phones and Devices

Chapter 25: Flash

Chapter 26: Silverlight

Chapter 27: Media on Windows

Chapter 28: Quicktime and Mac OS

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