2nd Edition

Compression for Great Video and Audio
Master Tips and Common Sense

ISBN 9780240812137
Published November 16, 2009 by Routledge
616 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

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


Visit the companion website at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/waggoner-9780240812137/.

Table of Contents

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
Online material: Compression tools


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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.


Support Material


Companion Website

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