The MPEG-4 Book

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The most complete, focused guide to MPEG-4--the breakthrough standard for interactive multimedia.

  • The comprehensive, focused, up-to-the-minute guide to MPEG-4
  • Practical solutions for next-generation multimedia applications
  • In-depth coverage of natural and synthetic audiovisual object coding, description, composition and synchronization
  • Binary and textual scene description
  • Transport and storage of MPEG-4 content
  • MPEG-4 profiles and levels; verification tests

MPEG-4 represents a breakthrough in multimedia, delivering not just outstanding compression but also a fully interactive user experience. In The MPEG-4 Book, two leaders of the MPEG-4 standards community offer a comprehensive, targeted guide to the MPEG-4 standard--and its use in cutting-edge applications. Fernando Pereira and Touradj Ebrahimi, together with a unique collection of key MPEG experts, demonstrate how MPEG-4 addresses tomorrow's multimedia applications more successfully than any previous standard. They review every element of the standard to offer you a book that covers:

  • Synthetic and natural audio and video object coding, description and synchronization
  • BIFS--the MPEG-4 language for scene description and interaction
  • The extensible MPEG-4 textual format XMT
  • Transport and delivery of MPEG-4 content
  • MPEG-J: using Java classes within MPEG-4 content
  • A complete overview of MPEG-4 Profiles and Levels
  • Verification tests

The authors also walk through the MPEG-4 Systems Reference Software ?offering powerful real-world insights for every product developer, software professional, engineer, and researcher involved with MPEG-4 and state-of-the-art multimedia delivery.

Part of the new IMSC Press Series from the Integrated Multimedia System Center at the University of Southern California, a federally funded center specializing in cutting-edge multimedia research.

 

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FERNANDO PEREIRA, Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa - Portugal, and researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações, is area editor of Signal Processing: Image Communication Journal and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. Pereira has chaired many ad hoc groups in the context of the MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 standards' development and received an ISO certificate for his contributions to the MPEG-4 standard. His current interests include video analysis, processing, coding, description, and interactive multimedia services for Internet and mobile environments.

TOURADJ EBRAHIMI, Professor of Image Processing at EPFL's Signal Processing Lab in Switzerland, has been nominated for two ISO certificates for his contributions to MPEG-4 and JPEG 2000 standards. He leads the Swiss delegation to MPEG and JPEG, and is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, area editor of Image Communication Journal of EURASIP, and associate editor of Optical Engineering. His interests include image processing, coding, and visual information security. He holds a dozen patents.