Learn how to compress video and audio with optimal quality and minimal hassles. Renowned expert Ben Waggoner teaches you to improve the quality of your final content and develop effective workflows. Understand the basic concepts of vision and hearing, apply that knowledge in the context of compression, then move onto practical, applicable information for creating, editing, and compressing the best video and audio, whether you're delivering for the web, DVD, Blu-ray, phones, or beyond.

Clear examples of how to make the best choices in real-world projects

Covers Mac and Windows products for a complete look at today's compression technologies: all the different tools, codecs, and formats for different kinds of deliverables are described, focusing on how to pick the right options for particular projects, players, and sources


Windows Media


Flash FLV and F4V

MPEG-4 and H.264


Ogg Vorbis and Theora

Silverlight and Smooth Streaming


iPod and iPhone

Zune HD

Playstation Portable

Playstation 3

Xbox 360

DVD and Blu-ray