A Propeller-Head Visits Vegas, Part 2 My partner Mike Perkins and I traveled this week to Las Vegas to take in NAB, one of the big trade shows for the broadcast video market. We try to travel together once or twice a year because, in addition to whatever immediate objective we have in taking the trip, we’ve found that traveling together… View Article
A Propeller-Head Visits Vegas, Part 1 I spent the day yesterday in Las Vegas for ISC West, one of the largest shows for the CCTV and security industry. We have a couple of customers exhibiting at this show, and I haven’t attended the last couple of years, so it was interesting to see. CCTV / Security is a tough industry to… View Article
Yet More Patent Insanity Evidently the Justice Department is investigating MPEG LA on the grounds that they may be stifling innovation in the area of standards for web video. From today’s Wall St. Journal: The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online… View Article
Interlaced Video and Computer Monitors If you’ve ever had occasion to watch video on a computer, you might have noticed that it doesn’t look like it does on your TV. This is especially true when watching interlaced video. This post briefly describes some issues associated with using a computer as a video display device. Let’s start with interlaced video. What… View Article
The Two Ways to Get Video Across the Internet In all the internet video out there, there are basically two methods of delivery: Progressive download and adaptive bit rate streaming.
Transforms for Video Compression, Part 3: The DCT and Why Transforming Is Valuable The use of transforms in data compression algorithms is at least 40 years old. The goal of this three-part series of posts is to provide the mathematical background necessary for understanding transforms and to explain why they are a valuable part of many compression algorithms. I’m focusing on video since that’s my particular interest. Part… View Article
We Need VP8 Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle I’ve been waiting for a little to mull over Google’s announcement about dropping H.264 support in Chrome in favor of VP8. Although my partner Ben Mesander would take the other side of the argument, I think the world needs VP8 like a fish needs a bicycle.
Transforms for Video Compression, Part 2: Matrix Representation and 2D Transforms The use of transforms in data compression algorithms is at least 40 years old. The goal of this three-part series of posts is to provide the mathematical background necessary for understanding transforms and to explain why they are a valuable part of many compression algorithms. I’m focusing on video since that’s my particular interest. Part… View Article
Transforms for Video Compression, Part 1: Vectors, the Dot Product and Orthonormal Bases The use of transforms in data compression algorithms is at least 40 years old. The goal of this three-part series of posts is to provide the mathematical background necessary for understanding transforms and to explain why they are a valuable part of many compression algorithms. I’ll focus on video since that’s my particular interest. Part… View Article
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