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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Author Peter Symes does as the title of his book "Video Compression Demystified suggests, "He takes the mystery out of video compression." The author knows his subject very well.
Video compression is, in part, about science and as with any science there is a lot of math. While not nuclear physics, the mathematical algorithms used in video compression tools are still quite daunting, at least to me. This is my shortcoming and not his book's.
What is much clearer to me after reading this book is the "black art" that is the other part of compressing video. While most sciences are very exacting, the human psychovisual system is not. Mr. Symes explains what makes one set of compression tools better than another; the tool maker's understanding of how we perceive what we see.
Peter covers MJPEG, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 and DV compression in more detail than anyone could ask for. Also demystified. is MPEG-4, which is much more than just another video compression scheme.
Peter then goes on to explain how we are going to manage the world of digital assets. MPEG-7 is about describing the components of an asset and MPEG-21 will someday be about the management and use of digital assets, including commerce and rights management....
"Video Compression Demystified is a book that bridges the science of compression and the peculiar way that the human brain interprets what the eye sees. All involved in any aspect of video production should read at least one book on compression and I give this one 4 cows..
"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
Encoders and decoders for DCT, wavelet, and fractal
algorithms; video samples galore.
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