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Stephen Coren
Book Recommendation?
on Feb 21, 2011 at 3:14:25 am

I'm looking for a book that describes and explains the most practical methods for encoding video for Web delivery.

I'm a video producer with more than 20 years experience creating educational/training videos. I want to improve the quality of the videos I archive to the Web for on-demand viewing. Specifically, I'd like to learn how best to optimize the end user's experience. Ideally, this book will provide an overview of best practices for producing professional-level video as well as an understanding of the process, potential and limitations of Web video.

I'm NOT interested in an exhaustive explanation of the science/technology of encoding. Rather, I'm looking for a comprehensive practical guide.

Thanks.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Book Recommendation?
on Feb 21, 2011 at 3:58:49 am

Since the technology changes so quickly the best place to learn may not be a book.
Lots of good stuff here.
http://www.streaminglearningcenter.com/
If you MUST have a book see the review of Ben Waggoner's book first edition on the COW
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/handy_jeff/comp_book_rev.php
You'd have to get the 2nd edition released 7 years later but at 2009 might already be dated
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0240812131

This industry changes FAST!



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Stephen Coren
Re: Book Recommendation?
on Feb 21, 2011 at 1:33:20 pm

Thanks. Appreciate the speedy reply.

Yes, Saw the review. Sampled the '07 version on Amazon. Hoping for a more current pub, for the reason you mention. Problem I find with ALL online help, it's very specific, doesn't provide the necessary background/overview. I think the best approach to get up to speed will be to combine a book (for the big picture) with online resources.

Streaminglearningcenter.com is new to me. Thanks for pointing me there. Looks promising.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Book Recommendation?
on Feb 21, 2011 at 3:26:15 pm

[Stephen Coren] "Sampled the '07 version on Amazon"

The 2nd edition is from 2009 I believe. The 1st from 2002.
The problem with books is that the industry changes too fast for books to keep up with. The Waggoner book will certainly give you a very good technical grounding though.

There's this book by Andy Beach but it's early 2008 which already makes it very dated.
http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-Video-Compression-Beach/dp/0321514696

I really think your best bet is the learning center site. The left side is indexed so it really is a great site for a complete novice.

There's this DVD (Acrobat Reader PDF) from Jan Ozer, the creator of the learning center site but the site is more current.
http://infotoday.stores.yahoo.net/crskforstpr.html



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Stephen Coren
Re: Book Recommendation?
on Feb 21, 2011 at 4:50:07 pm

Yes, sorry, absolutely, '09 it is on the 2nd edition.

Thanks for all your help. I checked out a few things on http://www.streaminglearningcenter.com/. Initial response is very positive. Good addition to my reference resources.


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