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A Practical Guide to Video and Audio Compression by Cliff Wootton

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Why Video Compression Is Needed

2.1 Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

So you are thinking about compressing some video. It might seem like a daunting subject, but it isn’t really. If you begin with small steps, soon you’ll be taking the whole thing in stride. In this chapter, we will examine the history and significance of video compression, along with its practical uses—some of the reasons you are on this journey today. There are quite a few products and services available today that just wouldn’t be possible without compression. Many more are being developed. Let’s see what’s out there.

2.2 Compression Is Necessary Because . . .

Delivering digital video and audio through the available networks is simply impossible without compressing ...

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