Video Compression Techniques, Volume 1

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Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 126 pages

Compression techniques for digital video are a vital component of all multimedia systems. This book introduces the fundamentals of compression algorithms, including entropy and source encoding, run-length encoding, vector quantization, Huffman codes and DCT. It proceeds with state-of-the-art still image compression with an emphasis on the algorithms used in multimedia systems today, such as JPEG and fractal image compression. A real challenge in terms of runtime performance is digital video, and video compression algorithms including MPEG, Wavelets and H.261 are the topic of an in-depth discussion. The effect of compression algorithms and their parameters on image quality and runtime performance is analyzed, and a number of examples are presented on CD-ROM.

Software developers and hardware designers who are interested in digital video integration will greatly benefit from this book which expects from its reader some familiarity with basic mathematical and computing concepts.

The book presents the fundamentals of video compression for readers with an engineering or computing background.

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About the author (1998)

Wolfgang Effelsberg is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Mannheim. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and holds a PhD in Computer Science. He has held research positions at the U.S. and at the European Networking Centre of IBM. His research focuses on high-speed networks and distributed multimedia systems.

Ralph Steimetz is the head of the multimedia department a the IBM European Networking Centre in Heidelberg. Since 1988 he has been involved in a number of projects in connection with multimedia systems.

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