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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (13 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047112253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471122531
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Using computers and communication systems, it is easy to acquire, process, transmit, and display photographic–quality still color pictures. But the goals of smooth motion and accurate color reproduction are elusive. The technologies of digital video that are necessary to achieve these two important goals have remained inaccessible even to technical professionals–until now.

In this unique book, an internationally recognized expert addresses digital video from the perspective of computing and communications. A Technical Introduction to Digital Video is an approachable and definitive reference to the principles, algorithms, standards, and techniques of digital video.

If you are a computer system designer, engineer, programmer, or technician, you can use this book to help you learn how to apply digital video to computer systems.

If you are a television professional, this book will help you to apply digital video systems, equipment, and techniques to the emerging area of multimedia.

About the Author

CHARLES A. POYNTON is working to integrate video technology–particularly, high–definition television, digital compression, and accurate color reproduction–into computer workstations. He initiated Sun Microsystems′ HDTV workstation project and introduced color management technology to Sun. He is well known internationally as a researcher, writer, and teacher. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious David Sarnoff Gold Medal for his work in integrating video and computing technologies.

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Format: Hardcover
An excellent reference book. Covers a variety of computer graphics as well as analog and digital video topics. Includes a very good chapter on filtering and sampling, giving an in depth explanation of aliasing effects. I recommended this book in one of my recent JavaWorld "Media Programming" columns.
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This book is almost perfect! 10 Jun. 2000
By James Song - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book does a great job of explaining video concepts. You will love how Poynton starts with the basics, explains them, builds and then gets down to the nitty gritty (even down to the mathematical formulas). This book is complete & consistent.
It's perfect for technical folks who didn't know much about digital video (that was me) but needed a detailed understanding & explanation. I also think it's great for intermediate-advanced because they can always use this book as a reference. A co-worker of mine who is a video expert looked through it and was impressed. He wished there was a book like this back when he was learning.
It would have been nice if there was a section on digital video compression though.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
If you deal with computer graphics or video, this book is strongly recommended. 18 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent reference book. Covers a variety of computer graphics as well as analog and digital video topics. Includes a very good chapter on filtering and sampling, giving an in depth explanation of aliasing effects. I recommended this book in one of my recent JavaWorld "Media Programming" columns.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This should be THE digital video textbook 10 Jun. 2002
By DeDragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with technical information about the digital video format. Extremely detailed and thorough, it is a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in digital video. The chapters on digitized compression and image capture are priceless from the aspect of digital editing. However, because the information is so technical it is not a good book for a beginner who is still learning how to operate his or her camera.
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Over my head 30 Jan. 2013
By Bryan Edmondson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a beginning video editor. This book was so technical it was like an engineering graduate school textbook--in my scope of knowledge. If you want to know esoteric details this book is good, I would suggest this book only for professional editors.
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