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Real World Video Compression by Andy Beach

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Chapter Seven. Compressing for the Web

Let me just get it out of the way—I heart the Web. There, I said it. My wife is continually fascinated by my ability to surf an unending string of obscurely connected topics for hours (and I can do it too, believe me). So, a love of video on the Web for me is almost a no-brainer. I love the idea that video has started to become an integrated part of the user experience. And the era of video on the Web really has just started—we’re at the beginning of a great deal of technology potential when it comes to Web video.

But forget the future of Web video for the moment—that’s practically a book itself. Instead, let’s begin with a quick review of the history of Web video, including where its roots are and what has ...

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