Setting Up Your Encoding Software

30.1 Introduction

Chapter 29 looked at the various hardware components and subsystems that comprise our compression systems. Most of that is generic hardware and it is a question of working out how much disk space and what accessories are required. Your system will not do any video compression until the vital software components are added. This chapter examines your software alternatives. The following categories of software are relevant:

•  Video-editing tools

•  Video-compression tools

•  Power tools for modifying video

•  Gadgets and widgets (small, special-purpose tools)

There are many video-compression tools to choose from. Those few that are included here are not an exhaustive selection, and you may ...

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