Chapter 3. Compression and Encoding Primer

Even with fast, fancy computers and digital devices, digital video requires a lot of bits and bytes—there’s no way to avoid throwing away visual and audio information. Storage is limited, and network bandwidth is even more so. Compression is here to stay, so you need to know how to achieve the best results with the tools at your disposal. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to make the right decisions when it comes time to compress digital video and audio into Flash-compatible video files.

Distinguishing Source Files and Their Differences

Chapter 2, “Capturing and Processing Video,” talked about the various video acquisition formats and their quality differences. When video is converted to, or acquired in, ...

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