OK, so it wasn't secret and it wasn't a ball either but I couldn't resist the reference. Ben Waggoner hosted a party for video compressionists at NAB this year and I dragged myself there. I was feeling worse for wear not because of over-indulgences in Vegas, but rather the effects of a nasty 76 hour bug I came down with while on the way to Vegas. Coming off 5 hours of booth duty didn't help either. So... not as many videos as I'd like to have had, but we've got a couple of nice little interviews.

Promoscape

First is Tony Houghton from Promoscape in Port Melbourne, Australia. They have over 25 years of experience in the television and video industry and produce DVDs, on-air network promos, programming and pay-per-view DRM downloads.

MainConcept

Next up is Bruce Lidl from MainConcept based in Aachen, Germany. Bruce, however, prefers the sunnier climate of San Diego, California. MainConcept provides codecs for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, VC-1 and many others. They provide VC-1 codecs that work across different platforms.

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