Video Compression Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-07-03
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press

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Video compression is not a new process; however, it is forever evolving. New standards, codecs, and ways of getting the job done are continually being created. Newcomers to video compression and seasoned veterans alike need to know how to harness the tools and use them for specific workflows for broadcast, the Web, Blu-rays, set-top boxes, digital cinema, and mobile devices. Here to guide you through the multitude of formats and confusing array of specifications, Andy Beach and Aaron Owen use a practical, straightforward approach to explaining video compression. After covering the fundamentals of audio and video compression, they explore the current applications for encoding, discuss the common workflows associated with each, and then look at the most common delivery platforms. The book includes examples from the authors’ projects as well as recipes that offer a way to define some of the best practices of video compression today. 

This invaluable resource gives you: 

  • proven techniques for delivering video online, or via disc or other devices. 
  • clear, straightforward explanations that cut through the jargon. 
  • step-by-step instructions for using a wide variety of encoding tools. 
  • workflow tips for performing either stand-alone or batch compressions. 
  • insight and advice from top compression professionals sprinkled throughout. 

Author Biography

Andy Beach was a video geek who got into this business after starting in the postproduction world. He quickly realized that making video look good was hard and was worth spending time to learn to do better and to pass that knowledge on to others. His career took him to the startup world, where he built encoders and live streaming tools for a living, and eventually to his role at Microsoft, where he works with a large-scale commercial media infrastructure.


Aaron Owen got his start in live television and then continued his career in commercial postproduction, playing a key role in transforming Phoenix Editorial (now Bonfire Labs) from a three-suite boutique editorial companyinto a full-fledged facility. Leveraging his vast advertising and high-end corporate experience, he founded Cinematiq in 2012 with the goal of bringing high-end postproduction techniques to filmmakers everywhere.

Table of Contents

First Edition Table of Contents

Chapter One: Understanding Video and Audio

Chapter Two: The Language of Compression

Chapter Three: Best Practices

Chapter Four: Preprocessing

Chapter Five: Compression Tools

Chapter Six: Compressing for DVDs

Chapter Seven: Compressing for the Web

Chapter Eight: Compressing for Mobile

Chapter Nine: Compressing for Set-Top Boxes

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