Video compression or video coding is the process of compressing (encoding) and decompressing (decoding) video. The resources on this page will help you to understand the basic concepts.

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Books
The H.264 Advanced Video Compression Standard, 2nd Edition
The H.264 Advanced Video Compression Standard

John Wiley & Sons 2010

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H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression: Video Coding for Next-generation Multimedia
H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression

John Wiley & Sons 2003

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Video Codec Design: Developing Image and Video Compression Systems
Video Codec Design

John Wiley & Sons 2002

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Digital Video Communications (Telecommunications Library)
Digital Video Communications

Artech House 1997

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property, patents and licensing play an increasingly important part in the development of video coding technology and applications. Find out why video coding patents are important and what influence they have on video compression technology and products here:

Video Coding

Video compression is the technology behind moving digital images. It is essential to video on phones, cameras, laptops and TV. In fact, anything you can watch on a screen uses video compression. Digital video takes up a very large amount of storage space or bandwidth in its original, uncompressed form. Video compression makes it possible to send or store digital video in a smaller, compressed form. Source video is compressed or encoded before transmission or storage. Compressed video is decompressed or decoded before displaying it to the end user.

The resources below will help you to understand the basic concepts.

HEVC

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a new Standard for video compression developed by the ISO and ITU-T. The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) set up a Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) to create the new standard. HEVC is a joint publication of ISO/IEC and ITU-T, formally known as ISO/IEC 23008-2 and ITU-T Recommendation H.265. The new HEVC standard was first published in January 2013. 

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