Video Compression Handbook, Second Edition

Book description

More than ever, video and preparing it for delivery is a critical part of many jobs. One of the keys to delivering a high-quality video experience is understanding the fundamentals of video and video compression.


Video Compression Handbook gives you these keys by explaining the core concepts of compression, the latest tools to use, and the important workflows for creating video for specific deliveries. After the groundwork is laid, you will learn how to compress video according to the specific requirements of your projects and will learn some best practices by following the author's own tips and recipes.


Experts in the field lend their own solutions in several sidebars throughout the book, making this a valuable learning tool for anyone learning to encode video, whether you are a video editor, independent filmmaker, or simply involved in the video-to-viewer process.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. About This eBook
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication Page
  6. Contents at a Glance
  7. Table of Contents
  8. Preface
    1. What This Book Is Not
    2. What Is This Book About, Then?
    3. Who Should Read This Book
    4. About the Authors
    5. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter One: Understanding Video and Audio
    1. Elements of Video
    2. How Compression Works
    3. Audio Compression
    4. Conclusion
  10. Chapter Two: Understanding the Language of Compression
    1. Compression Parameters
    2. Containers
    3. Codecs
    4. Players
    5. Conclusion
  11. Chapter Three: Planning and Preparation
    1. What Are Your Compression Needs?
    2. Equipment and Workflows for Different Scenarios
    3. Essential Encoding Equipment
    4. Productivity Tips
    5. Conclusion
  12. Interview with a Compressionist: Derrick Freeman
  13. Chapter Four: Preprocessing Video and Audio
    1. Spatial/Geometric Preprocessing
    2. Temporal Preprocessing
    3. Color and Image Preprocessing
    4. Legacy Video Issues
    5. Audio Preprocessing
    6. Conclusion
  14. Interview with a Compressionist: Bryce Castillo
  15. Chapter Five: Compression Tools
    1. Free and Low-Cost Tools
    2. Middle-of-the-Road Tools
    3. Enterprise-Grade Tools
    4. Conclusion
  16. Interview with a Compressionist: Alex Zambelli
  17. Chapter Six: Compression for Video-on-Demand Delivery
    1. The State of Online Video
    2. Video-Hosting Websites
    3. Recipes for Encoding Video for the Web
    4. Conclusion
  18. Interview with a Compressionist: Doug Daulton
  19. Chapter Seven: Compression for Live Delivery
    1. Basic Live Streaming Equipment
    2. Live Streaming Considerations
    3. Social Media and Live Streaming
    4. Recipes for Live Streaming Video
    5. Conclusion
  20. Chapter Eight: Compression for Optical Discs
    1. What’s a DVD?
    2. Producing SD DVDs
    3. What’s a Blu-ray Disc?
    4. Producing Blu-ray Discs
    5. That Whole Bit Budget Thing
    6. Recipe for Producing Blu-ray Discs
    7. Recipe for Producing SD DVDs
    8. Conclusion
  21. Interview with a Compressionist: Aaron Owen
  22. Chapter Nine: Compression for Digital Cinema and Broadcast
    1. A Brief History of Package Formats
    2. Dissecting a DCP
    3. Creating a DCP
    4. Recipes for Creating a DCP
    5. Understanding the Interoperable Master Format
    6. Conclusion
  23. Chapter Ten: Compression for Virtual Reality and 360 Video
    1. VR Concepts
    2. VR Hardware
    3. 360 Video Overview
    4. Optimizing Your 360 Video
    5. VRencoder
    6. Conclusion
  24. Index
  25. Code Snippets

Product information

  • Title: Video Compression Handbook, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Andy Beach, Aaron Owen
  • Release date: July 2018
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780134846736