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Digital Video and HDTV: Algorithms and Interfaces (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics) [Hardcover]

Charles A. Poynton
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31 Oct 2001 1558607927 978-1558607927 1
Rapidly evolving computer and communications technologies have achieved data transmission rates and data storage capacities high enough for digital video. But video involves much more than just pushing bits! Achieving the best possible image quality, accurate color, and smooth motion requires understanding many aspects of image acquisition, coding, processing, and display that are outside the usual realm of computer graphics. At the same time, video system designers are facing new demands to interface with film and computer system that require techniques outside conventional video engineering. Charles Poynton's 1996 book, "A Technical Introduction to Digital Video" became an industry favorite for its succinct, accurate, and accessible treatment of standard definition television (SDTV). In "Digital Video and HDTV", Poynton augments that book with coverage of high definition television (HDTV) and compression systems. With the help of hundreds of high quality technical illustrations, this book presents the following topics: basic concepts of digitization, sampling, quantization, gamma, and filtering; principles of color science as applied to image capture and display; scanning and coding of SDTV and HDTV; video color coding: luma, chroma (4:2:2 component video, 4fSC composite video); analog NTSC and PAL; studio systems and interfaces; compression technology, including M-JPEG and MPEG-2; and broadcast standards and consumer video equipment.

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In; 1 edition (31 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558607927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558607927
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charles Poynton is an independent contractor specializing in digital color imaging systems, including digital video, HDTV, and digital cinema. A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Poynton was awarded the Society's prestigious David Sarnoff Gold Medal for his work to integrate video technology with computing and communications. Poynton is the author of the widely respected book, A Technical Introduction to Digital Video, published in 1996. Engineers (SMPTE), and in 1994 was awarded the Society's David Sarnoff Gold Medal for his work to integrate video technology with computing and communications. He is also the author of A Technical Introduction to Digital Video.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poynton - a classic revised and updated 23 Jan 2003
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Never shy of adding his opinion, Poynton takes the reader through a history of video algorithms and interfaces in an accessible and informative style. Why a history as well as a technical treatise on the current state of the art? Backwards compatibility as well as the current limitations of technology at each stage of development have forged current video systems. Poynton summarises this history where relevant and arrives at a full and informative description of what's current.
The book is well organised to allow easy reference, although the breadth of material covered somewhat limits the depth of detail for the video interface practicioner. References to further sources of reading are included and should allow those who need deeper understanding and details to find them.
This book is an excellent introduction to video systems design and implementation for students, for those connected to the industry in non- or semi-technical roles (e.g. sales or management) and even for those who are involved in product development and need to understand a breadth of disciplines: from clamping to colorimetry, and from spatiotemporal domains to broadcast standards.
Best of all, Poynton's personal observations, deductions and opinions enliven the subject and make the book an interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although it is highly technical, it can be used to understand lots of concepts mostly misunderstood in the Video and Cinema Industry related with monitors, displaying images, coding, and more.
It is a must for DoPs, DITs, and postproducers.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all watchers of TV technology 20 Jan 2003
By Peter Glaskowsky - Published on
Charles Poynton is one of the world's leading experts on TV and video technology, and he's a great writer too. Poynton demonstrates good humor and tremendous attention to detail in this book. In fact, the price of the book is both funny and technically relevant-- it's the field rate of NTSC video, 59.94 Hertz!
Poynton details dozens of video standards in this book, which builds on his previous _A Technical Introduction to Digital Video_. That book has held a place of honor in my technical library since it was published, and Poynton's latest work will sit beside it.
_Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces_ is an even more substantial work than its predecessor, with 736 very readable pages covering essentially the whole world of digital video. Poynton starts the book with a comprehensive review of how images are composed, displayed and perceived, and brings in the relevant elements of specific video standards as he goes.
The second and third parts of the book cover all the other fundamental technologies that make digital video possible, including filtering algorithms, color science, and video compression.
Part 4 provides a detailed explanation of the key standards used for studio video production work, both analog and video, with a whole chapter to explain standard-definition test signals. Part 5 is a complementary discussion of broadcast and consumer standards. The book also includes two appendices explaining some important issues related to digital video, and a very thorough glossary.
I've been designing and writing about computer graphics and multimedia products for many years, and this is by far the best overview of digital video that I've seen. I highly recommend this book for everyone who is professionally involved in video engineering.
Peter N. Glaskowsky
Editor in Chief, Microprocessor Report
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!!! 28 Jan 2005
By Talha Uzun - Published on
This is an excellent book especially if you are an engineer like me who is working on Digital TV and HDTV products. It could also serve as an excellent textbook for college courses. I finished reading the book in about 5 days, and now I feel very confident about my HDTV knowledge. Make sure that you read the errata on the author's webpage before you start reading the book.
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By A. Bruce Jacobs - Published on
I spent the weekend with this book and find it as first skimming suggests- a reference of the highest order, packed from front to back with solid information for the video industry. It is unique among all similar books I've seen in that it is completely comprehensive. I'm buying more copies for my staff, and have recommended it to engineers at other PBS stations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for the algorithms and equations of digital video 24 Dec 2006
By calvinnme - Published on
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Poynton presents a comprehensive treatise on digital video and HDTV in 50 chapters and two appendices. Although this is a comprehensive work and some topics are presented in complete detail, other equally important topics are discussed in a few pages. The concepts of color, NTSC and PAL encoding, colorimetry, and other topics of image presentation are strongly emphasized. However, the topics of quantization, digital filtering, general signal processing, and methods of compression are treated more briefly. This is a very good resource for anyone interested in digital TV or the computer display of images. It is probably not a good choice for general engineering study by readers without a good background in digital signal processing. The differences between computer displays and commercial television displays are well presented, provided along with some history of both disciplines and how, with the decreasing restriction on bandwidth, these interests are merging.

Part one of the book stresses digital video basics. This is pretty similar to Poynton's previous book on digital video with the exception that he has added some introductory material on HDTV, but that chapter is only a few pages long.

Part two, "Principles", is a very nondescript title for this section. That is probably because it discusses such a large group of diverse topics as filtering, sampling, visual perception, color science for video, NTSC and PAL, videotape recording, 2-3 pulldown, and deinterlacing. This is the section that is the most mathematical, however, it is still not as complex as most signal processing books you'll encounter.

Part three, "Video Compression", consists of three very short chapters on JPEG, motion-JPEG, and MPEG-2. It's a good overview of the concepts, but don't expect to be able to build a codec based on the information in this section.

Part four, "Studio Standards", also has a very specific subject matter. The standards discussed are 480i, 576i, 1280x720 HDTV, and 1920x1080 HDTV. Scanning, timing, sync structure, and picture structures are discussed in each case.

Part five, the final section, discusses broadcast and studio standards. NTSC, PAL, and digital television broadcast standards are discussed.

If you are the type of person who is interested in the algorithms of digital video more than you are the hardware of digital video systems, you'll probably enjoy this book. The author makes frequent use of illustrations and block diagrams to illustrate what is being presented, and I have gotten a great deal of use from it over the years. If you are looking for a book on digital video systems hardware, might I recommend "Video Demystified" by Keith Jack.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, but ... 31 May 2008
By Santa - Published on
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This book is undoubtedly useful for any practicing video engineer and for anyone seeking to familiarize themselves with video standards and technology. It covers a broad range of topics under one cover. Depth is lacking in most parts, but then this book is not intended to be used for theoretical study. It is a handy guide to have at one's desk.

My biggest and only complaint is about the way the material is presented, which, in my opinion, is highly unstructured and makes the book much more difficult to read than it needs to be. In almost every chapter, the author asks the reader to refer to the material in both future as well past chapters for details. As an example, the section on nonlinear image coding, on p.12, refers to the material in different chapters on pages, 197, 198, 203 and 257!

Nonetheless, despite this writing flaw, the book is recommended.
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