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Digital Compression for Multimedia: Principles & Standards [Hardcover]

Jerry D. Gibson , Toby Berger , Tom Lookabaugh , Rich Baker , David Lindbergh
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Jan. 1 1998 1558603697 978-1558603691 1

Drawing on their experience in industry, research, and academia, this powerful author team combines their expertise to provide an accessible guide to data compression standards and techniques and their applications. The essential ideas and motivation behind the various compression methods are presented, and insight is provided into the evolution of the standards. Standards-compliant design alternatives are discussed, and some noncompliant designs also are treated.

Covering the fundamental underpinnings of the most widely used compression methods, this book is intended for engineers and computer scientists designing, manufacturing, and implementing compression systems, as well as system integrators, technical managers, and researchers. It provides, in a single source, an overview of the current standards for speech, audio, video, image, fax, and file compression.

* Authored by five experts from industry and academia who are heavily involved in research, development, and standards-setting activities

* Covers the full spectrum of multimedia compression standards including those for lossless data compression, speech coding, high-quality audio coding, still image compression, facsimile, and video compression

* Provides enough theory for you to understand the building blocks of the compression systems discussed, with appendices containing necessary algorithmic details and mathematical foundations


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Effective digital compression--whether image, voice, or video data--is an essential part of telecommunications and the Internet. Digital Compression for Multimedia: Principles & Standards is a one-volume guide to the theory and standards behind today's digital compression. Written as a textbook and including plenty of mathematical expertise, this book is appropriate for a college course or as a reference for expert designers who are using the latest in digital compression.

The authors define data compression and its mathematical foundations and include performance measures of how effective a given compression scheme is. Illustrations from the world of file compression (using Huffman coding, a popular compression scheme) escort readers through basic compression methods. The book also introduces other techniques, such as quantization and predictive coding, and explains today's voice-coding standards.

The latter half of the book does an excellent job of explaining popular standards for compressing data, such as the JPEG standard for images and the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 standards for video compression. (The authors are on top of new developments, such as emerging standards for multimedia video conferencing and video compression.) Useful appendices outline the important algorithms for compression, and an in-depth bibliography lists sources for research in compression. These features make this book a definitive guide for those who need to know the latest in digital compression technology. --Richard V. Dragan

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Drawing on their experience in industry, research, and academia, this powerful author team combines their expertise to provide an accessible guide to data compression standards and techniques and their applications. The essential ideas and motivation behind the various compression methods are presented, and insight is provided into the evolution of the standards. Standards-compliant design alternatives are discussed, and some noncompliant designs also are treated.

Covering the fundamental underpinnings of the most widely used compression methods, this book is intended for engineers and computer scientists designing, manufacturing, and implementing compression systems, as well as system integrators, technical managers, and researchers. It provides, in a single source, an overview of the current standards for speech, audio, video, image, fax, and file compression.


  • Authored by five experts from industry and academia who are heavily involved in research, development, and standards-setting activities

  • Covers the full spectrum of multimedia compression standards including those for lossless data compression, speech coding, high-quality audio coding, still image compression, facsimile, and video compression

  • Provides enough theory for you to understand the building blocks of the compression systems discussed, with appendices containing necessary algorithmic details and mathematical foundations

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Format:Hardcover
Digital Compression for Multimedia by Jerry D. Gibson, et al presents data compression types and techniques in eleven chapters. Each chapter describes in a simple way about different types of coding, including lossy and lossless. The material covered in this book ranges from the classical Huffman Coding to the most recent MPEG standards. It covers JPEG, multimedia/video conferencing, and MPEG. This book covers the basic principles and standards and their applications in great detail. Also presents mathematical foundation and algorithmic details in appendices/special sections. However, some mathematical background is required to understand the mathematical equations or the proofs. It includes a wealth of figures and tables as well as a list of acronyms with definitions. It's very easy to understand and follow the compression algorithms. This is a very informative book and can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate/graduate courses.
This book was very useful to me in my research. My research is in the area of data compression and its applications to communication networks. The title of my dissertation is Data Compression Techniques in Modern Communication Networks.
C.S. Rani, Ph.D.
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The authors for this book , i.e., Digital Compression for Multimedia : Principles & Standards by Jerry Gibson, et al cover the basic principles of data compression, namely, lossless coding, entropy reduction, redundancy removal, and quantization. They discuss current standards for speech, audio, video, image, fax, and file compression, and describe standards-compliant design alternatives, as well as some noncompliant designs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily a reference book. May 3 2003
Format:Hardcover
A book that is what it says it is. This is mostly a compilation of standards, in the format of a reference book. I was looking for specific implementation details for MPEG, and this was not the book for me. Still, I am keeping it as a reference and anyone looking for the same will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The need for compression in today's digital world! 7/8/2001 July 8 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Digital Compression for Multimedia by Jerry D. Gibson, et al presents data compression types and techniques in eleven chapters. Each chapter describes in a simple way about different types of coding, including lossy and lossless. The material covered in this book ranges from the classical Huffman Coding to the most recent MPEG standards. It covers JPEG, multimedia/video conferencing, and MPEG. This book covers the basic principles and standards and their applications in great detail. Also presents mathematical foundation and algorithmic details in appendices/special sections. However, some mathematical background is required to understand the mathematical equations or the proofs. It includes a wealth of figures and tables as well as a list of acronyms with definitions. It's very easy to understand and follow the compression algorithms. This is a very informative book and can be used as a textbook for advanced undergraduate/graduate courses.
This book was very useful to me in my research. My research is in the area of data compression and its applications to communication networks. The title of my dissertation is Data Compression Techniques in Modern Communication Networks.
C.S. Rani, Ph.D.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily a reference book. May 3 2003
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A book that is what it says it is. This is mostly a compilation of standards, in the format of a reference book. I was looking for specific implementation details for MPEG, and this was not the book for me. Still, I am keeping it as a reference and anyone looking for the same will not be disappointed.
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