Preface: Quick-Start Guide to Common Problems

This book is a hands-on guide to real-world compression. A lot of you are perhaps browsing it right now trying to find a quick solution to a pressing problem. Here are some answers.

My Boss Says I Need to Put Some Video on Our Web Site. Where do I Start?

For simple video on a web page, embedding Flash (Chapter 15) or Silverlight (Chapter 27) is the easiest mechanism today. And generally a web server is fine for delivering short content (see next question).

Do I Need a Streaming Server to Put Video on the Web?

Generally, no, for shorter clips of a single bitrate. It’s only long-form content (more than 15 minutes) or when high-quality real-time playback is needed that you’ll need a streaming server. ...

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