Video Compression Demystified

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9780071363242: Video Compression Demystified

The Complete Guide to Video Compression

Video compression is the magic behind digital TV, videoconferencing, DVDs, and Internet video. In Video Compression Demystified, specialist Peter Symes paints the full video compression picture in a friendly, not-too-big, not-too-technical introduction that explains what happens in compression, why compression works, and what will stop it from working.

You'll explore all the major compression standards--JPEG, MPEG-2, and more--starting with the basics and moving on to compression tools, performance considerations, transmission/storage quality, transport schemes, and audio considerations. You MUST read this guide if you're a Web site or multimedia developer...produce or sell video products, or are thinking of doing so...cover the entertainment, Internet, or technology beat as a reporter or financial analyst - 0r you simply want to be up to speed on this fascinating new technology of key importance to the entertainment and communications industries.

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"Symes's well-written explanations and heavily illustrated examples of video compression make this important topic accessible to readers at all levels. His book is recommended reading for all new members of my group."

TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF--


The core technology of digital TV ...
Digital HDTV ...
Movies on DVD ...
Videoconferencing, streaming video, video on the web ...
Delivering video on demand...
Scrunching vast image files through narrow bandwidths quickly...
The Complete Guide to Video Compression for Internet, Hobby, and Professional Use

Video compression is how enormous image data files get shrunk for fast transmission without significant loss of visual quality. It's the magic behind digital TV, videoconferencing, DVDs, and Internet video.

Now is the time to learn about video compression--how to do it and how to use it. Peter Symes, a video compression specialist, paints the full video compression picture in this friendly, not-too-big, not-too-technical introduction. This is not a detailed implementation book, but it does explain what happens in compression, why compression works, and what will stop it from working. You MUST read it if ...


*you want to understand the fundamental concepts of compression
*you read the MPEG Standard but didn't understand it
*you read books on MPEG and didn't understand them
*you're a Web site or multimedia developer
*you're in the audio/video business
*you're a video technology professional or IT consultant
*you produce or sell video products, or are thinking of doing so
*you cover the entertainment, Internet, or technology beat as a reporter or financial analyst
*you can't afford expensive compression courses
*you're a technovideophile
*you simply want to be up to speed on this fascinating new technology of key importance to the entertainment and communications industries


CD-ROM Included
Encoders and decoders for DCT, wavelet, and fractal
algorithms; video samples galore.

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Knows...subject very well...more detail than anyone could ask...how...going to manage...world of digital assets... -- Creative Cow, May 1, 2003

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