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Compression for Great Video and Audio, 2nd Edition by Ben Waggoner

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Compression Tools

As you have probably gathered by now, quite a lot of compression tools are available these days. This chapter outlines major multipurpose tools; interesting tools that are single-format or have special features for that format are covered in the chapter on that format. While the dream of “the single tool that does everything” hasn’t been realized, most compressionists wind up with a few go-to tools that work well with the sources and platforms they target. Generally, the broader the range of jobs you need to handle, the greater the variety of tools you’ll want to have to do them well.

I’m focusing on software-based tools for transcoding. Where products include live ingest or encoding I’ll call that out, but I am not covering ...

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