3Planning and Preparation

The Boy Scouts have it right: Always be prepared. Many 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.

These are important topics, but the most important step you need to take before you start compressing video is to identify what type of compressionist you are. Taking a moment to ask yourself a few questions and understanding the various requirements of the tasks you’ll need to accomplish will allow you to make better choices along the way. Once you’ve established your position in the production pipeline and what kind of compression you need to do, you’ll be able to come up with a few workflows ...

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