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Real World Video Compression by Andy Beach

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Chapter Three. Best Practices

The Boy Scouts have it right: Always be prepared. Most first-time compressionists assume that preparing to compress video means choosing your equipment and firing it up or shooting and editing the video you intend to compress.

But the most important step you need to take before you start compressing video is to identify what type of compressionist you are. Secure in the knowledge of who you are and what kind of compression you need to do, you can come up with a few scenarios for how best to get your compression work done. Even though all compressionists ultimately use similar setups, different jobs have different needs, so in this chapter I’ll identify those needs. With these preliminaries out of the way, you can then ...

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