This is a list of links (mostly external) to some useful information and articles about such things as audio/video compression, file formats, etc.
This is a Microsoft article that provides an overview of VC-1 and details its status as an established open standard. Comparative information is given to demonstrate how well VC-1 compares to two other codecs in use today, H.264 and MPEG-2.
This is a link to Wikipedia's entry about VC-1. This article gives a only brief overview of VC-1 and it's features.
A brief comparison of H.264 and VC-1. Unfortunately there are a few errors in the tables.
This is an 2006 EE Times article discussing the newer advanced video codecs.
This book, by Jae-Beom Lee and Hari Kalva, is a good reference book for those interested in the VC-1 and H.264 standards.