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Digital compression techniques have been known for a long time, but the onward march of LSI technology means that it can now be economically applied to video and audio systems on a wide scale. MPEG-2 has assisted in this process by providing interoperability standards for audio and video compression, storage and communication.
Given the wide applications, it would be wrong to assume a particular background for the reader. Instead, this book treats the subject of MPEG from first principles. This book replaces and greatly expands on the author's highly acclaimed Compression in Video and Audio, by concentrating on the form in which compression has emerged in the market place. An introductory chapter outlines the major applications of MPEG and explains how it works in a simplified form. A chapter on fundamentals contains all of the background necessary to follow the rest of the book.
MPEG is a complex blend of arcane processes such as motion estimation, transforms and information theory. This theory is complimented by practical examples of audio and video compression. MPEG is more than a compression technique; it also standardizes the way in which compressed data are transmitted. The creation of MPEG elementary streams and their multiplexing into transport streams is dealt with in detail, along with the problems involved in synchronizing all of the signals in a multiplex. The practical testing of MPEG transport streams is also considered.
MPEG is a remarkable technology but it is not without its pitfalls. The book includes useful practical tips for guidance when using compression and advice on how to minimize quality loss. The clarity of explanation and depth of technical detail combine to make this book an essential and definitive reference work on the subject.
John Watkinson is an international consultant in audio, video and data recording. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the British Computer Society and a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars, conference papers and training courses world-wide. He is the author of many other Focal Press books.
John Watkinson is an independent international consultant in advanced applications of electronics to audiovisual and avionics systems. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, and the British Computer Society and is a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars and training courses worldwide. He is the author of many other Elsevier books, including The Art of DigitalVideo, An Introduction to Digital Video, Convergence in Broadcast and Communications Media, Television Fundamentals and The Art of the Helicopter.
Review of the first edition:
'Any engineer with aspirations to a technical library will find that his shelf has become full of John Watkinson's many excellent books. This book provides everything you need to know about compression.'
'The book provides a thorough and very lucid introduction to audio and video compression. Through the use of simple, clear diagrams, and some of the clearest technical writing I have come across, Watkinson makes the whole process look remarkably straightforward...All in all, an absorbing read for the curious, and a useful source of hard information for those with a professional interest.'