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Video Demystified: A Handbook for the Digital Engineer

Video Demystified: A Handbook for the Digital Engineer [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Keith Jack

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What doesn't have a video component nowadays? IPod, cell phone, computer, they all have video. And, of course, television which is a major source of our entertainment and information. Any engineer involved in designing, manufacturing, or testing video electronics needs this book!

Each edition of Video Demystified has sold thousands of copies and answered many questions for electrical engineers across the globe. This fifth edition will keep the engineer up-to-date with next-generation digital video formats - Blu-ray and HD-DVD, development of new audio and video codecs - Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, etc. - along with the all the latest information on HDTV, HDMI and IPTV(TV over the Internet). All broadcast, cable, and satellite standards will be updated to reflect these new codecs and specifications. The book will also aid in the design of devices and infrastructures from analog to digital television transmission - with analog transmission ceasing in early 2009 or before.

*The next generation of digital video - Blu-ray and HD-DVD thoroughly introduced
*All broadcast and satellite standards completely updated
*Essential information for the upcoming transition of television signals from analog to digital

About the Author

Keith Jack is Director of Product Marketing at Sigma Designs. Sigma Designs develops and markets high-performance, highly-integrated System-on-a-Chip (SoC) semiconductors for IPTV Set-top Boxes, Blu-ray and HD DVD Players/Recorders, HDTVs, Digital Media Adapters, and Portable Media Players. Prior to joining Sigma Designs, Mr. Jack held various marketing and chip design positions at Harris Semiconductor, Brooktree, and Rockwell International. He has been involved in over 40 multimedia chips for the consumer market.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13734 KB
  • Print Length: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 5 edition (8 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NVYIM
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 10 Jan 2008
By Leonardo Giordani - Published on
This is a fairly complete handbook about video signals: here you will find quite everything about analog and digital video, cables and connection standards.

From the first chapter, however, the written text disappoints the reader: it is a list of technical data, without any further explanation or with a poor one. This book is a sort of "data sheet compilation", and it is a very good one. But it is not a book about digital and analog video.

From this book you will not learn how and why PAL and NTSC have been designed and you will not be introduced into color theory in an effective way. You will learn how many pixels PAL and NTSC are made of at every possible resolution, and when you will read the same sentence for the 30th time, you will ask yourself why the book was not simply condensed in a list of tables and graphics. That way it could have been a must have.

In brief: an interesting and complete but pointlessy verbose reference.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped with my android project 24 Nov 2013
By Paul Gregoire - Published on
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Helped me immensely with my Android video project. The clear break down of PES packet structures was exactly what I needed.
4.0 out of 5 stars If your a video enginer geek, this book is for you. 11 July 2013
By Joe Frascella - Published on
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This is a big thick book on what makes up the video signal. A good companion for someone studying to be a video engineer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow technical manual 21 Jan 2013
By Keith Drozd - Published on
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I found the information contained within the book easy to follow and understand providing a vast knowledge in the area of video.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handbook for the digital engineer 7 Nov 2008
By J. Dowling - Published on
I have the second edition in print and the third in PDF as well as the fifth in print. Some of the other reviews of this book bash the fact that it isn't for hobbiests or those less technical but take a look at the full title, it IS intended for digital design engineers. The 2nd book is about 700 pages with about 100 more of appendix, the 3rd is about the same but the appendix have been encorporated into chapters. Both include the same CD of test images. The 5th edition is actually thinner by 1/4" and perhaps heavier with about 900 pages. It lacks the CD of images even though the same images are used throughout the book. If you really want the images you can probably find them somewhere. Additional subjects include MPEG4, digital TV standards and more coding formats. It saves you the time of finding and paying for the individual standards. It doesn't cover DVD or BlueRay standards and still includes NTSC / PAL / SECAM. It doesn't cover DisplayPort but that is still an unproven in the market standard. Does it cover absolutely everything, no, it can't it would be too big. It is my number one goto reference for video information though since everything I need is in there and then some (which is nice to have on hand anyway).
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