Plus streaming explained and how to build a media PC
Our mobile devices are faster, the way we watch videos on our TVs has changed, and the way we buy and store content is completely different from 20 years ago. We’re in the middle of a home media revolution, where shelves of DVDs are being pushed into NAS boxes and discreetly hidden away.
We’re only in the infancy of this revolution, though. That means we’ve yet to find a definitive method, and there are as many good solutions as there are pitfalls.
Codecs are the best example. If you’ve had anything to do with digitised video over the last 10 years, you’ll know that video performance is dominated by the black art of manipulating these encoding and decoding programs. Finding the right one is a balancing act between the amount of processing that goes into creating the video file and the amount required to decode it.
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