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Video Compression Handbook, Second Edition by Aaron Owen, Andy Beach

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2Understanding the Language of Compression

All disciplines have their own specialized terminology and references for explaining various components and practices, and compression is certainly no different. It has its own specific language, and like most languages, it shares elements with other neighboring tongues, especially the video and IT network worlds.

But in some cases, the same terms have different meanings in the world of compression. Talk to a broadcaster or cable operator about video on demand, and they’ll immediately assume you are referring to the video content made available on demand through cable channels. Talk to a streaming services or content provider about the same terminology, and they will assume you mean any online content. ...

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