"Cliff Wootton's book is great in giving the uninitiated reader an overall review of the key issues relating to audio and video formats, encoding, distributing, storing and rendering...For a non-professional reader the book is very useful. It is relatively easy to read and is well structured. It provides easy-to-follow practical application guidelines and useful step-by-step instructions on best coding and compression practices." - EBU Technical Review
Learn all about Codecs - how they work, as well as design and implementation with this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to compression. After reading this book, you will be able to prepare and distribute professional audio and video on any platform including streamed to the web, broadcast on-air, stored in PVRs, burned onto CD-ROMs or DVDs, delivered by broadband, or viewed in Kiosk applications, PDA devices, and mobile phones. It helps you learn from an award-winning technologist for a top media company who knows how to explain codecs in terms you can understand. This entry-level guide contains clear explanations and hundreds of diagrams - no math background needed! It also includes a comprehensive glossary which serves as a useful reference to many technical terms and jargon you will encounter. Learn how to choose the right technique to get the most out of your compression system - saving both storage space and money.