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

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CHAPTER 17 VC-1

VC-1 (Video Codec 1) is the SMPTE designation for its standard 421M based on the Windows Media Video 9 codec. As an international standard, a full description of the bitstream is available, as well as conformance test files, and source code for reference encoders and decoders.

VC-1 is one of the Big Three codecs offered as an international specification and available for license from the MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG-LA). While different codecs dominate in different industries, in general modern ASIC decoding hardware supports all of MPEG-2, H.264, and VC-1.

Why VC-1?

Windows Media Compatibility

The biggest reason VC-1 is used is that it’s the best codec in Windows Media, and hence the best way to deliver video to out-of-the-box ...

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