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Real World Video Compression by Andy Beach

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Chapter . Interview with a Compressionist

Interview with a Compressionist

Name: Ben Waggoner

Location: Portland, OR

Title/role: Principal Video Strategist, Silverlight

Company: Microsoft

URL: http://on10.net/blogs/benwagg/Default.aspx

How did you get involved in video compression?

I was oddly obsessed with compression for many years before it occurred to me to make a profession of it. I was taking a 3D animation class at UMass Amherst in the fall of 1989. This was back in the days of 1.4 MB floppies, and we needed to figure out a way to move our renders from machine to machine. I slacked off on the 3D part of the class and spent a huge amount of time playing around with Macromind Director ...

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