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Reverse Engineering Math Formulas

Even though I have been studying and working on multimedia technology since 2000 — reverse engineering, documenting, and reimplementing a variety of audio and video codecs — I didn’t actually begin to understand why various algorithms achieved their compression until about 2003. I’m just like that — I study the practice first, and then the underlying theory eventually becomes clear to me (maybe; it has been 9 years and I still couldn’t explain everything about the discrete cosine transform if you asked).

I happened to be looking back over the ZMBV (DOSBox) video codec today. Continue reading