Video is a massive thing, even though Skype doesn’t have it yet. It’s no secret that we are working on it and keeping a close eye on many of the video add-ons already out there for Skype. So today’s Featured Skyper talk is with one of the Skype video developers, Andrei Jefremov, who spends his days tinkering in our Research Labs on core video and sound technologies.
Photo by Siim Teller
]]>**When did you first hear about Skype?**
Long before Skype was launched, I was contacted by Skype Team and asked if I could share my views on technical aspects of such interesting problem as transmitting high quality voice in real time over IP networks. We have kept in contact ever since.
**What do you do at Skype?**
Development of the Video Engine takes the bulk of my time now. I am happy to work (I should really say “privileged”) on all levels here: design, implementation and optimization. I also work with technology providers making sure that technology we buy/license fits perfectly into our solution. So I basically have to make sure that as the result of our hard work on this field we get results we can be proud of. Having my roots in speech signal processing I also work with speech related aspects of Skype. This involves brainstorming solutions to current problems, evaluation of current technology and keeping keen eye on up and coming solutions.
**What do you like most about working for Skype?**
I won’t be original on this page: The Team. Very professional team to work with. There’s this amazing sense that anything can be achieved and nothing is to big or complex to handle. This team doesn’t just apply standard solutions to standard problems, they solve problems that many didn’t and still wouldn’t dare to touch. And we do it in an elegant and innovative way. Working here one really does see the effect of his/her actions and gets immediate feedback on the results from all over the world.
(This interview also appears on our [Insider View](http://www.skype.com/company/jobs/insiderview/) page, where you can find brief stories with many more Skype people. We’ll occasionally re-publish and extend some of those here on blogs.skype.com.)