Interview with a Compressionist


Name: Alex Zambelli

Location: Seattle, Washington

Title/role: Senior Product Manager, Playback Experience

Company: Hulu


How did you get started in video compression or video streaming?

I was a sophomore in college the same year the first DVD ripping tools and a codec named DivX were released online. I had a DVD-ROM drive, an overclocked Intel processor, a Blockbuster membership, and all the nighttime in the world that an insomniac college kid needs to learn how to expertly compress a DVD movie down to CD size. A year or two later I bought a DV camcorder and learned how to edit ...

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