Nine years ago I wrote a book called Real World Video Compression that was designed to help those who were suddenly saddled with making video as part of their job. I wanted to explain the concepts of digital video - all the crazy terms and concepts that go into making decisions around the settings you need to get your content ready to share with the world on whatever device or platform.
And luckily in the past decade, virtually nothing has changed in the way we transcode or encode video for delivery. *ahem*
Okay, okay, if you are done laughing, let me acknowledged that RWVC is painfully out of date. In fact for the last few years, if someone mentioned they'd read the book, I cringed slightly and spent a solid ten minutes or more apologizing for things that were missing.
I have had it in the back of my head for at least three years that I'd like to find time to update the book. However, as a full-time employee, it's tough to carve out time to take this on. This year, however, I got introduced to a guy named Aaron Owen who co-owns a digital video lab based in San Francisco called Cinematiq, that specializes in DCP services amongst other things. After a couple of conversations, he told me they use my book as a training tool for new employees. Rather than the usual embarrassing conversation, I asked him if he wanted to update the book with me. We discussed it more at NAB in April and I left with the task of talking to the publisher, Peachpit, about the update.
Many, many emails, phone calls, and patient waiting later, and I am pleased to say that Aaron and I have a deal in place to update the original book. As part of that, we are also changing the title (the Real World Series no longer really exists, so it made sense to change). The new book, Video Compression Handbook, will launch in time for NAB of 2018 (next April).
By signing up at Tiny Letter, you will get regular updates on the changes we are making to the book and sneak peeks at the content we are creating. We will also occasionally ask for feedback from those who work in video today because both Aaron and I firmly believe that we need guidance from the audience on topics they want to see covered. So, please do stay tuned and if you haven't already signed up to receive updates, please consider doing so here.Thanks!