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Digital Video: An Introduction to MPEG-2 (Digital Multimedia Standards Series)

Digital Video: An Introduction to MPEG-2 (Digital Multimedia Standards Series) [Kindle Edition]

Barry G. Haskell , Atul Puri , Arun N. Netravali

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Digital Video offers comprehensive coverage of the MPEG-2 audio/visual digital compression standard. The treatment includes the specifics needed to implement an MPEG-2 Decoder, including the syntax and semantics of the coded bitstreams. Since the MPEG-2 Encoders are not specified by the standard, and are actually closely held secrets of many vendors, the book only outlines the fundamentals of encoder design and algorithm optimization.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10705 KB
  • Print Length: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002 edition (31 Dec 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QZ8PB0
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect a Detailed Explanation of MPEG2 Video 14 July 1999
By J - Published on
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This book didn't live up to previous reviews. It's quite expensive at $95. The chapters compartmentalize subjects such as motion compensation modes and video coding which are not independent subjects, and they never tie these subjects together. I haven't found a block diagram of a video encoder anywhere in the book. The entire subject of MPEG2 video encoding is covered in one 25-page chapter (although there is a chapter on motion compensation as I mentioned, and there's a chapter on Video Stream Syntax and Semantics which is little more than a re-hash of the MPEG2 part 2 spec.). I've gotta believe there's something better out there. The "Techniques and Standards for Image Video and Audio Coding" by Rao/Hwang is a bit better.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wasting time book 11 July 2000
By John Furt - Published on
If you really want to learn MPEG2 or MPEG4, go directly to the standards. The authors try their best to confuse the reader. Even simple concepts cannot be explained clearly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is easier to understand 17 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I have been working on MPEG2 since last year. I read the spec and some other books for MPEG, it's difficult to understand them . The problem is that I need some basic knowledge of compression , audio, video. It was this book that helped me understand what MPEG is and how it works. This book is complete and easy to understand . There are a lot of background introductions to help you understand MPEG2. You can also find some new areas of video, e.g. 3D TV.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive ever! 6 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I've read many books about MPEG-2 in my project to developer a MPEG-2 player for HDTV and I'm glad to say that this is the best book in my collection. With its clear explanations and easy to understand writing, this book is a must have for anyone who is into MPEG or is planning to delve into MPEG. A definite must buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused and over-detailed 24 April 2002
By Peter W. Fraser - Published on
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Unfortunately I bought this book after reading the first three reviews. I think the later reviews are closer to the mark.
The book is confusing and overly detailed with no unifying thread. I bought the standard, and reading it after this book was like a breath of fresh air.
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