A Practical Guide to Video and Audio Compression: From Sprockets and Rasters to Macro Blocks

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 28, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 800 pages
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Learn all about Codecs--how they work, as well as design and implementation with this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to compression. After reading this book, you will be able to prepare and distribute professional audio and video on any platform including streamed to the web, broadcast on-air, stored in PVRs, Burned onto CD-ROMs or DVDs, delivered by broadband, or viewed in Kiosk applications, PDA devices, and mobile phones.

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Introduction to Video Compression
Why Video Compression Is Needed
What Are We Trying to Compress? Chapter 4 Film
Digital Image Formats
Matters Concerning Audio
Real Networks Chapter 25 Other Player Alternatives
Digital Television
Digital Video on the Move
Building Your Encoding Hardware
Setting Up Your Encoding Software
Color Correction
Cutting Out the Noise
Preparing the Audio for Encoding

Choosing the Right Codec
How Encoders Work
The MPEG1 Codec
The MPEG2 Codec
The MPEG4 Part 2 Codec
The H 264 Codec
Encoded Output Delivered as a Bit Stream
Live Encoding Chapter 16 Files andStorage Formats Chapter 17 Tape Formats Chapter 18 Commercial Issues Digital Rights Management and Licensi...
Chapter Media
EncodingGo for
Appendix A Problem Solver
CSoftware Suppliers
Appendix H ISMA Profiles
Appendix IFileTypes Appendix JSourceVideo Formats
Appendix N Important Standards and Professional Associations

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Cliff Wootton was the technical systems architect in the BBC News Interactive TV group. This team pioneered the "News Loops" service, which was nominated for a BAFTA Technology award and has won a Royal Television Society Award for Technical Innovation. His current research projects are investigating new ways to build interactive content creation tools for the emerging IPTV platforms

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