It's getting to that time of the year again - my annual week-long video compression seminar at Stanford University. I've been doing compression training at Stanford since 1999, and I think this will be the 10th time I've taught it in the week-long format.
The class has long been a highlight of my year - as many have said, to really learn something you have to teach it, and I've learned more about compression teaching this class than anywhere else. When I was negotiating over joining Microsoft, permission to keep teaching the class and covering non-Microsoft formats in it was one of my requirements.
The basic format is a full week in a classroom with me and students coming from a variety of experiences and skill levels. We spend about half of the class doing lecture and Q&A, and half doing hands-on compression. Each student gets their own workstation preloaded with a variety of compression tools and sources. Students are welcome to bring in their own sources and projects which we use in the class.
Anyway, it's a great class. Check it out if you're interested.