Good resource for learning about video terminology?

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  1. SifJar
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    Does anyone know a good site where I can learn about video terminology? I mean things like bitrate, codecs, containers etc. I have become fed up with GUI front-ends for ffmpeg (which most video converters are seemingly), which I have found either slow and freeze-prone (SUPER), not easily allowing me to do what I want (Quick Media Converter), specific to one format (HandBrake) or simply not working at all (MediaCoder), and I want to start using ffmpeg manually myself (or write some .BAT scripts for conversions I do regularly), but its hard to understand what options I should use etc., so I would like to read about what the various terms really mean. The ffmpeg documentation doesn't really specify what each option does, just how to change it.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Wikipedia.

    No, I'm serious.
     
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    Thanks. Any specific pages, or should I just search for the various terms I want to learn more about? (e.g. is there a page with a load of the terms on it, or just individual pages for each term?)
     
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    I agree lol and it was what I was going to post...

    To add maybe a bit more search for video on wikipedia and it will have links to things in the article leading to other articles.... I find more information that way by "worming" my way through [​IMG]
     
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    That's what I did (and what I usually do on Wikipedia, whether I start out to or not [​IMG] ), and I think I've learnt a bit more than I knew before. Still, I'll need to spend a bit more time doing so, and if anyone has any more suggestions, please post them, always good to get a couple of angles on things.
     
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    I use Opera as my internet browser and one of the quick link things I use is Wikipedia, I know its not the end all and be all of information but when I need to check something quick and the answer is not life and death important..... It's "good enough" lol

    I remember one of the collages put all the courses online... I wonder if they put up the media stuff... (checks)

    Oh yeah here it is [​IMG] it was MIT they put a lot of the stuff they teach online for free.

    http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/

    I do not see any broadcasting or media courses though? Surely some of the engineering stuff has something on it though lol
     
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    What the fuck is a codec?
    *checks wikipedia*
    "A video codec is a device or software that enables video compression and/or decompression for digital video. The compression usually employs lossy data compression."
    Hey, "video compression" and "lossy data compression" are clickable... maybe I should open those pages in a new tab for a reference and further reading.
    *reads down a bit*
    Okay, so that's what a codec's job is. Now, let me look up what exactly video lossy data compression is...
    *checks the page*
    Okay, so there's lossy and lossless. Maybe I should check the intro of both pages to compare and contrast the two...
    Ah, so that's the difference between lossy and lossless! Now I know why RARing a video doesn't do shit to reduce it's size!
    I learned three things already! Let me click more links....


    Like that.
     
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    lol exactly like that.
     

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