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20. The MPEG-4 Book

1. Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces
by Charles Poynton
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Asin: 1558607927
Catlog: Book (2003-01)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Rapidly evolving computer and communications technologies have achieved data transmission rates and data storage capacities high enough for digital video. But video involves much more than just pushing bits! Achieving the best possible image quality, accurate color, and smooth motion requires understanding many aspects of image acquisition, coding, processing, and display that are outside the usual realm of computer graphics. At the same time, video system designers are facing new demands to interface with film and computer system that require techniques outside conventional video engineering.


Charles Poynton's 1996 book A Technical Introduction to Digital Video became an industry favorite for its succinct, accurate, and accessible treatment of standard definition television (SDTV). In Digital Video and HDTV, Poynton augments that book with coverage of high definition television (HDTV) and compression systems.

With the help of hundreds of high quality technical illustrations, this book presents the following topics:

* Basic concepts of digitization, sampling, quantization, gamma, and filtering
* Principles of color science as applied to image capture and display
* Scanning and coding of SDTV and HDTV
* Video color coding: luma, chroma (4:2:2 component video, 4fSC composite video)
* Analog NTSC and PAL
* Studio systems and interfaces
* Compression technology, including M-JPEG and MPEG-2
* Broadcast standards and consumer video equipment ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Contains lots information but not easy to read
This is a technically good book about video engineering, but it has two flaws:

1. The writing is many times not very easy to understand, there are many sentences that don't make too much sense to me. I am not a native English speaker, but I have spent last twenty years reading and writing in English.

2. There are terminologies poped up in one place, and there is no explanation for those, many times the author asks you to read in later chapters, for a reader who is not familiar with the material, it is difficult to read and confusing.

Overall, it is a very good book, but you need an introductory book before you can read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for all watchers of TV technology
Charles Poynton is one of the world's leading experts on TV and video technology, and he's a great writer too. Poynton demonstrates good humor and tremendous attention to detail in this book. In fact, the price of the book is both funny and technically relevant-- it's the field rate of NTSC video, 59.94 Hertz!

Poynton details dozens of video standards in this book, which builds on his previous _A Technical Introduction to Digital Video_. That book has held a place of honor in my technical library since it was published, and Poynton's latest work will sit beside it.

_Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces_ is an even more substantial work than its predecessor, with 736 very readable pages covering essentially the whole world of digital video. Poynton starts the book with a comprehensive review of how images are composed, displayed and perceived, and brings in the relevant elements of specific video standards as he goes.

The second and third parts of the book cover all the other fundamental technologies that make digital video possible, including filtering algorithms, color science, and video compression.

Part 4 provides a detailed explanation of the key standards used for studio video production work, both analog and video, with a whole chapter to explain standard-definition test signals. Part 5 is a complementary discussion of broadcast and consumer standards. The book also includes two appendices explaining some important issues related to digital video, and a very thorough glossary.

I've been designing and writing about computer graphics and multimedia products for many years, and this is by far the best overview of digital video that I've seen. I highly recommend this book for everyone who is professionally involved in video engineering.

Peter N. Glaskowsky
Editor in Chief, Microprocessor Report
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2. H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression: Video Coding for Next Generation Multimedia
by Iain E. G.Richardson, Iain E. G. Richardson
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Asin: 0470848375
Catlog: Book (2003-08-12)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Following on from the successful MPEG-2 standard, MPEG-4 Visual is enabling a new wave of multimedia applications from Internet video streaming to mobile video conferencing. The new H.264 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ standard promises impressive compression performance and is gaining support from developers and manufacturers.  The first book to cover H.264 in technical detail, this unique resource takes an application-based approach to the two standards and the coding concepts that underpin them.

  • Presents a practical, step-by-step, guide to the MPEG-4 Visual and H.264 standards for video compression.
  • Introduces the basic concepts of digital video and covers essential background material required for an understanding of both standards.
  • Provides side-by-side performance comparisons of MPEG-4 Visual and H.264 and advice on how to approach and interpret them to ensure conformance.
  • Examines the way that the standards have been shaped and developed, discussing the composition and procedures of the VCEG and MPEG standardisation groups.

Focussing on compression tools and profiles for practical multimedia applications, this book ‘decodes’ the standards, enabling developers, researchers, engineers and students to rapidly get to grips with both H.264 and MPEG-4 Visual.


Dr Iain Richardson leads the Image Communication Technology research group at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland and is the author of over 40 research papers and two previous books on video compression technology.
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3-0 out of 5 stars First on the subject, rough around the edges
This is the first text book published on H.264. It has a nice overview of digital video compression techniques followed by chapters focusing on the specifics of each of the MPEG-4 and H.264 standards. Buying this book relays much of the same information but is more cost effective than buying each of the papers and articles on the subject from IEEE and others.

It appears that this book was rushed to publication in order to be first. Particularly in the chapter on H.264, there are many typos and incomplete figures. In some places, a new technical term is used without proper introduction. I look forward to a cleaner second edition in the future. ... Read more


3. Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis
by Steve Castle, Dean R. Koontz
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Asin: 0810946564
Catlog: Book (2003-10-15)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
Sales Rank: 29187
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"Theo is obsessed with his work and embarked upon a quest for an elusive ideal theater that can exist only in dreams. Each time that he makes a dream theater into a reality, no matter how stunning the creation, it never quite fulfills the ideal in his mind-and off he goes again in the enthusiastic pursuit of impossible perfection."-Dean Koontz

In the 21st century, more and more people "go out" to the movies at home. This lifestyle change has led to the biggest innovation in residential design today: the home theater, be it a custom-installed system or an elaborate private screening room. At the high end, Theo Kalomirakis reigns supreme as the leading designer of private theaters in the home.

Kalomirakis tailors each of his designs to fit the needs of a specific client, using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge. His theaters even have their own marquee names: The Moonlight, The First Run, The Miami Beach. Great Escapes showcases nine of these incredible spaces through superb color photographs and descriptions of the technology that make this revolution in entertainment and design possible. Although Kalomirakis's extravagant creations are for wealthy clients, they will also serve as inspiration for home owners who want to integrate cinema quality with home comfort on a more modest budget. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A unique source of enduring ideas
Lavishly illustrated with one hundred gorgeous color photographs by Phillip Ennis, Great Escapes: New Designs For Home Theaters By Theo Kalomirakis by Steven Castle presents extravagant designs for "media rooms" in private homes. These are specialized entertainment oriented rooms set aside to take full advantage of surround sound, acoustics, and visual appeal to bring forth the same quality experience as visiting a theater. Great Escapes showcases the work of interior designer Theo Kalomirakis as it artfully presents his work in creating home theaters of celebrities such as Dean Koontz, Eddie Murphy, Roger Ebert, and others in this unique source of enduring ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing
This is a book to die for. The photography is amazing, the architecture out of this world and what Theo Kalomirakis does for his lucky clients will blow you away. I am already wearing out my copy and I only have had it for two days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escapes
Whether your interest is home theater, or movie palaces from the 1920's and 30's, Great Escapes is sensational!
Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down and trust me with 204 pages loaded with 140 color photos of breathtaking architectural eye candy, this book will demand your focus.
Kalomirakis brings the elegance of yesteryears movie palaces home with the help of writers Steve Castle, Dean Koontz and photographer Phillip Ennis.
You can truly see Kalomirakis' love for the big screen in the architectural details he adorns his private cinemas with. No details are spared in Kalomirakis' work from neon marquees and ticket booths welcoming visitors to his theaters to opulent lobbies adorned with domed mural ceilings and snack bars and timeless columns.
A few times while reading this book, I had to remind myself that the featured theaters I was viewing were in someone's personal residence.
I have to say my personal favorite theater in this book was created for author Dean Koontz called "The Moonlight." Koontz also has an introduction in the book.
Even though most of the theaters in this book take up more square footage than the average persons home. And even though theaters designed by Kalomirakis are beyond the financial means of most people, this book can serve as inspiration for those that want to bring home the silver screen on a lesser budget and do it in style.
Theo Kalomirakis' newest book Great Escapes definitely brings home the look of the movie palaces of yesterday. ... Read more


4. DV 101 : A Hands-On Guide for Business, Government and Educators
by Jan Ozer
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Asin: 0321348974
Catlog: Book (2005-02-25)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 41487
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Corporations, government offices, and academic institutions have long used video to educate and inform. The only thing that's changed is the people who are producing them: With low-priced equipment and easy-to-use software flooding the market, now you're the person behind the camera, not some high-priced video specialist! This is the guide for you, then-and all of the other nonprofessionals who've been called upon to produce top-quality videos. Long on essentials-like where to place the camera, how to connect microphones, and which font to use in titles-and short on theory, this guide focuses instead on the simple steps and best practices needed to produce great videos. Veteran author Jan Ozer gives you the lowdown on shooting, audio, and lighting before describing the workflow and procedures involved in converting raw DV footage to streaming video and DVDs, and distributing the final product. For software-specific guidance, you can purchase downloadable PDF workbooks that use the book's projects to walk you through the production process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Hands on Guide for Volunteers too!
Libraries need to interview and archive footage from their interesting seniors, scouts need to capture their jamborees, and coaches need to focus on what is going right (and wrong) with their team. The list goes on forever, and all those volunteers out there doing the heavy lifting need to read this book, mark the pages and follow the steps! Jan Orzer's book is really saving me from a lot of errors, steering me in the right direction and giving me the confidence to try. If I follow the directions that he illustrates so well (and humorously) I expect to produce video that teaches, entertains and maybe even inspires the viewer. I have never taken a formal course and am finding my way as an amateur, but so far, with Jan's help, I am getting there with better results than I deserve to have, so this book is very good value, and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just the facts on DV...
DV 101 is an easy book to get your arms around, whether you're a video newbie, or someone looking for a refresher course. The downloadable supplementary workbooks carry on the tradition of feeding you just the information you need, and nothing more. Corporate budgets being what they are today, chances are your department will not have funding for a large production staffed with pro videographers. I think you will find DV 101 an indispensable guide to real-world techniques that work without breaking the bank. From a business user's perspective, I can say Jan Ozer's book provides the information you'll need to produce respectable results that will delight both your target audience and your CFO.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything in one place!
The amount of information, tips, tricks, and data in this one book is amazing! Most of the facts a beginning and intermediate user needs to learn about planning, audio, lighting, shooting, rendering, and producing DVDs is included.

With the number of DV players in schools and homes, this book is an excellent choice as the textbook in a high school digital video class and for that student, parent, or grandparent who is constantly producing his or her videos at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Through Your First Vido Production
This book is addressed to the absolute beginner who has to produce some kind of video. He generally assumes:

that the reader is in business, government or education, perhaps where the video department got shut down for cost savings.
that you are operating by yourself. You are the camera operator, the actor, the director, etc.
that you are using only one camera
that you are going to edit the production digitally
and of course you want professional looking results.

That's a fair number of assumptions, but with today's low cost but very good equipment and software, not unreasonable expectations. This book does not review cameras, or software, or DVD authoring programs. It is written pretty general in nature.

But then to accompany the book there are a series of workbooks that do discuss the use of the most common software packages: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD, Apple Final Cut Express, DVD Studio Pro, and Pinnacle Studio.

This book will not make you a professional ready to go compete with Industrial Light and Magic, but it'll get you through the process of your first video. ... Read more


5. Programming Microsoft DirectShow for Digital Video and Television
by Mark D. Pesce
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Asin: 0735618216
Catlog: Book (2003-02-12)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Sales Rank: 84032
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This book—written by a cocreator of the popular VRML 3-D graphics language—is ideal for any developer who wants to make the most of the DirectShow API. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly "just the SDK" but still not great
I bought this book several months ago but I've held off writing a review as I have been trying to learn DirectShow.

It is not exactly just the SDK documentation in a paper binding but it isn't a whole lot more either. Most people trying to how to use DirectShow will probably buy this book anyway and they probably should: it is at least better than nothing. But don't get your hopes up.

My biggest gripe is that at least one of the examples in this book which does not come directly from the SDK sample programs doesn't seem to actually work. It compiles, and it runs, but it just doesn't display anything.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too little on VMR
I wanted to read more about the new VMR9, but the book disappointed me with the thin coverage of VMR9 and videoplayback in general. I guess the book is all right on the topics filters, video editing and video caption.

2-0 out of 5 stars Needed to like it, but....
I wanted to like this book - mostly because I really needed a book covering some of the problems I was having with DirectShow. The company I work for has DirectShow as the core component of their customer-facing software. I wasn't brought in to work on that part of it, but it quickly fell under my umbrella. I had no DirectShow experience, so I turned to the SDK docs and looked for a few books.

Well I have to say that if it wasn't for the SDK docs I would have been sunk. Both this book and Programming Direct Show have been real losers. This is better than the other book, but that isn't saying much.

Like previous posters I was disappointed by the audio. I have to support file playback, streaming, and control of a tv card through my interface. Its not rocket science, but the dearth of material on controlling tv cards in this book made it all but useless to me. The same material exists in the same form on MS DirectShow docs - the author added next to nothing.

I did give it 2 stars because sometimes it is nice to have the SDK documentation - with a little extra - to read when you are away from the computer. The author however should be ashamed for putting out such a cut-n-paste effort, pathetic.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just the SDK Docs in Paperback
This is a pathetic book. I have very little respect for any author that would produce this kind of trash. This is just somebody trying to make money because there are essentially no books available for DirectX. Throw together some "stuff" from the SDK and call it a book. Real pathetic Microsoft Press, I expected you to care more about your reputation than this.

The DirectX SDK docs do a better job than this book except that it is not as convenient as a real book that you can flip through.

I do not understand how it got such good reviews, they must not have actually read the DirectX SDK docs. I was eagerly awaiting this books arrival hoping the examples would be substinative, but they were lame, incomplete, and no more helpful than the FREE samples and docs that came with the SDK.

To say this book covers "all the details of DirectShow" is just not accurate. Assuming this book was useful, it would take 3 or 4 books like this one to provide "all the details".

This book is very high level (general). Do not expect the examples to show you how to do anything complicated.

Also, this book was supposed to be about Digital Video and Television. Last time I watched a DVD movie or TV, the movie/show would have been worthless without the audio. Yet, this book only has 14 pages dedicated to audio out of its total 414 pages. There is also about 20 other pages sprinkled around (and that's being generous). Why is this important, because coding audio is different than coding video, and any other DirecShow task. Sure, it's COM, so it's just another set of interfaces, but it is just that, another set or at least it is using the same set of interfaces differently. Same goes for other DirectShow tasks. Even the treatment of Video is very general.

I remember when Windows 3.1 and OS/2 (both from Microsoft) first came out. Programming Windows and OS/2 was considered very difficult and specialized because the documentation/books were few and not in depth. Well, now programming Windows and even OS/2 is just expected from even the novice programmer. Why? Because there are many books from many people, and Microsoft provides tons of information and real examples, and where examples are lacking, 3rd parties fill the need. That is simply not the case with DirectShow. True enough the DirectX SDK is pretty good for an SDK, but this book does nothing more than provide an incomplete hard copy of part of the SDK.

For crying out loud, the following is all over his example code "This code is also stolen from the DirectX SDK". So, just read the SDK don't waste your money on this book.

It might be better than no book, but marginally.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excatly What I Was Looking For.
This is a great book. It covers all the specifics of DirectShow and helps you get going on some pretty complicated projects.

What it doesnt do is go into any media specific problems that you may want to do (like VBI or CC Decoding) but it will help you get your hand on the approrpiate stream.

It focuses mostly on capturing AVIs from various devices and provides more support than the MSDN site.

Some of the examples in the book don't work easily and take some convincing (even after i resolved the hard coded include & link paths problems in the example code on the included CD. FYI--install the DirectX SDK in its default directory to save you much time). Moreso, the provided 'Direct Show Filter Wizard' just didn't work at all.

I am running .NET 2003 and its obvious .NET 2002 was out during the writing of this book. Though I feel the samples shouldn't be outdated so quickly. At the least, there should some updated samples for download (which I could not find at the time of writing this review).

That said, the book did answer all my questions (regardless of the included sample problems) and is definatly the book to get for DirectShow programming and describes the mystery that is the MSDN documentation. ... Read more


6. Jpeg2000: Image Compression Fundamentals, Standards, and Practice (Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science, 642)
by David S. Taubman, Michael W. Marcellin
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Sales Rank: 180112
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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JPEG2000: Image Compression Fundamentals, Standards and Practice is an essential reference for professional engineers and academic researchers in the fields of communication, image processing, signal processing, information theory, and multimedia. It has specific applications for those involved in the development of software and hardware solutions for multimedia, internet, and medical imaging applications, and for those pursuing research in image and video compression.The book is suitable as a primary text for a course in image compression; it would also be helpful in the context of a more general class covering multimedia compression at an in-depth level. Final year engineering undergraduate students pursuing projects in multimedia compression and/or communication would also find the book a useful tool.JPEG2000: Image Compression Fundamentals, Standards and Practice is written in four parts, to serve the interests of a wide readership.

Representing about half the total text, Part I of the book provides a thorough and up-to-date background in the fundamentals of image compression, including topics not previously brought together in a single volume.Part 2 contains a complete description of the JPEG2000 standard. This description is written in such a way as to be completely self-contained from an implementation perspective, while it contains numerous references to the fundamental developments in Part 1. Together, Parts 1 and 2 serve the complementary roles of explanation and exposition in relation to both the JPEG2000 standard and modern image compression techniques.Part 3 of the book is devoted to the implementation and exploitation of the JPEG2000 standard, containing guidelines, suggestions, and analyses for both software and hardware oriented applications.Part 4 describes other key image compression standards, namely JPEG and JPEG-LS. The purpose of this material is to allow the reader to compare the capabilities and complexity associated with these standards with those of JPEG2000. This final part of the book also serves to provide a practical demonstration of some of the fundamental techniques introduced in Part 1 which are not demonstrated by the JPEG2000 standard.About the CD-ROM: Included with the book is a compact disc containing documentation, binaries, and all source code to the Kakadu software tools. This software provides a complete C++ implementation of JPEG2000 Part 1, demonstrating many of the principles described in the text itself. The software is frequently referenced from the text as an additional resource for understanding complex or subtle aspects of the standard. Conversely, the software makes frequent reference to the text and has been written to mesh with the terminology and notation employed therein. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars The book is one of the worst of books I have read
If one wants to learn jpeg2000, he can look for some papers and source codes which are better than this book.
If one wants to learn theory of image coding, he can read some other books much better than this book.

This book is only for fools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Work
The author of this book is a genius. His work should be required reading for all. Definatly one of the great minds in our time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Know why you're buying this book
This book is quite good but any potential buyer should know exactly why he would buy it and if it really matches his expectations. Indeed, this book is hardly a helper in implementing jpeg2000, but more a reference book for highly skilled image processing professionals/researchers. It is divided in two parts: the first part is about general image processing topics and provide some explanation about the choices made for jpeg2000. It is the "theorical" part. The second part is about jpeg2000 itself. The latter could have been much more practical and better directed to implementors. In fact, I was thinking of this book being able to clarify some aspects of the norm that are quite blur, but I find the way it is written, even for the second part, overly complicated and scientifically oriented, not "engineering" oriented. Most of the topics are better explained in the norm itself than in this book, even if the latter is much more detailed. Clearly there is room for another book on the topic but this time directed to implementors, with less theory, less scientific notations, are more, much more, real world examples working on real bit-streams. ... Read more


7. Video Demystified, 3rd Edition
by Keith Jack
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Asin: 1878707566
Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
Publisher: Newnes
Sales Rank: 72545
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Master video system design with the NEW THIRD EDITION of this essential reference! This book is the "bible" for digital video hardware engineers and programmers worldwide, as it contains detailed video information difficult to find elsewhere. The third edition has been completely updated with new chapters on analog and digital video interfaces, H.261 and H.263, consumer DV, and DTV. This is by far the most informative analog and digital video reference available. If you work with video, you need this reference on your shelf!

Keith Jack has designed more than 25 video and multimedia integrated circuits for such companies as Brooktree and Harris Corporation. He was the designer of the world's first single-chip NTSC/PAL digital encoder/decoder and holds two video processing patents. He is currently director of product marketing for Sigma Designs.

* Provides international coverage by including European, Asian, and North/South American video standards, methods, and techniques

* Contains expanded coverage of digital video processing technologies, video compression, digital video interfaces, and the MPEG1 and MPEG2 standards

* Includes two CDs which provide video test files for MPEG1, MPEG2, H261, and H263 and an electronic version of the book
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for learning, do not use as a reference
This book is a good introduction to NTSC / PAL / SECAM / digital video.The information on MPEG is superficial at best, but that is not what this book is about anyway.Expect a challenging read if you are new to this field.

This book is mainly aimed at the hardware developer.If this is you, do not base your design strictly on information in this book without reading the relevant standards documents: this contributed to the company I work for having had to spin a few chips.This book is NOT suitable as a reference.

If you're a software / driver developer, you're probably better off reading "Digital Video and HDTV" by Charles Poynton (ISBN: 1558607927).The information there will be a lot more relevant (and useful) to you.After that, you'll have a much easier time reading "Video Demystified" (if you really, really want to find out what planet the hardware designers you work with are from).

1-0 out of 5 stars a book with LOTS OF ERRORS
This is a book for people who do NOT work on designing video devices.If you want to build something based on this book, your design will most likely fail since there are many ERRORS in the book.BUT if you want to FOOL your boss on some paper design or FOOL some employers to get a JOB, this is a book for you since it is easy to read and you don't need any knowledge beyond high school.

3-0 out of 5 stars Everything you never wanted to know about video signals
If you ever wanted to be the guy in your neighborhood that knows the most about Analog and Digital video signals, then this is the book for you.I must have read the words RGB and YCrCb 100 times by page 500.And I now can tell you anything you want to know about how my VGA plug works, not to mention feeling very confident that I now understand my S-video cable on my Camcorder.If I ever travel overseas, I also have a very good grasp of the difference between "my TV signal" and "their TV signal".

Video Demystified is a good name for this text, because when you are done reading this book, you won't have any questions about anything relating to video.You'll clearly understand everything about your TV set also.How the contrast control works; how the picture is drawn on the screen; what the signals running through the cables look like, etc.And I don't just mean know them... I mean "know them".And if you feel like you need to suddenly need to build a TV set from spare parts at Radio Shack, you certainly will want to order this book and have it handy.

But I have to say, be prepared for a headache by page 300.This book isn't light reading and after a while it becomes rather redundant in areas.It's almost more of a reference manual in some ways actually.

Additionally, be warned that the author jumps right into things head first assuming you already know quite a bit about the basics of video signals already.There's no warm and fuzzy "get you up to speed" intro section in this book, so you better have a clear understanding of video signals and hardware (not to mention some background in bitmap images) before you start.When I first picked up this book to start reading it, I got a good idea of how my little sister must have felt when she realized she had accidently taken my HP 16C calculator (instead of a normal calculator) to school to help her on her math exam in 9th grade :-)

So when it comes to this book, either you are in or you are out.A lot of the text discusses specifics of different video standards - almost to the point of putting you into a coma.In other cases, when the book could have used very simple diagrams or analogies, things are diagramed out using hardware related logic diagrams.Great for someone that is use to dealing with A-to-D converters, but I pity the fool that tries to read this book for information on how to put streaming video on his website :-)

In my view, this book is best targeted to those who want to build video signal interpretation hardware devices and/or those who are working with hardware and need to understand the very root level signals involved in handling and representing video.The text also has some limited application in understanding lower level video conversion principles (such as a reference for writing RGB --> YCC algorithms) but not too much.Best for how Analog signals are turned into Digital signals really.But again, unless you are really looking to understand how chips in your CRT or Television are working, then I'd be a little careful with this book.

Not a book for the non-technical, hardware-faint-of-heart types nor for those on a quest to better understand how video compression on the internet or RealPlayer7 works.But outstanding if you suddenly need to understand what a video signal goes through to produce a video image.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good - but definitely "geeky"
If you are an experienced video person, this book is for you.It does a good job of explaining the difference between all of the different digital video standards.It's helpful if you have experience with analog video before reading this book.

Be advised that it's definitely NOT a dummies book.It's very academic.You have to read through things a couple of times to get them to click.If you've just started in the world of digital video, you need to find another book.

The best thing about this book is that all of your standards definitions are all together in one place.Wondering what the encoding format is for NTSC HDTV DVCam?It's in there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very strong combined introduction/reference work on video
For basic digital video (uncompressed), this is as near to the "bible" as you can get. Verygood descriptions of existing (NTSC/PAL/ SECAM) television systems and their various format standards.Covers progressive andinterlaced formats and conversion between verywell. Covers scaling very well. The book is weaker on MPEG compression,with mistakes and omissions. Go elsewhere for an explanation of thisstandard. Overall, a great text. ... Read more


8. Digital Video Compression (with CD-ROM)
by Peter Symes
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Buy Together" recommendation not appropriate
I am the author of "Digital Video Compression" and I have to caution you that Amazon's "Buy Together" recommendation is NOT appropriate. "Video Compression Demystified" is an earlier version of the same book, and everything in there (except for a few mistakes!) is in the 2003 "Digital Video Compression". You would waste your money buying both!
Enjoy!
Peter Symes, author ... Read more


9. Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide
by Stephen H. Lampen
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
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Cable Any Kind of Audio or Video Installation

Put complete performance specifications for analog and digital audio and video installations -- from professional recording studios to living room theatres -- in the palm of your hand! Audio/Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide packs over 200 illustrations that clarify all the methods, procedures, and tools you need to successfully tackle even the most complex installation job. Great for everyone from home enthusiasts to professional engineers and technicians, the convenient take-along size is as perfect for professionals working out in the field as it is for hobbyists tinkering in the basement. Author Stephen Lampen, an industry pro, anticipates and answers your every question on analog and digital audio, analog and digital video, including high definition video cabling; connectors; using Category 5, 5e, and 6 to carry audio and video; installation; and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Guide
Within its sphere of discussion, this is the best reference manual of its type. There is a lot not here concerning RF and power, but it's not an RF or power book. Steve Lampen is about the most knowledgeable 'wire man' around and this book should go with you each time you visit your local High End audio saloon or any other vendor of these products.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small package - HUGE resource of information!
It is easy to see why Steve Lampen is such an esteemed author and lecturer and one of the most respected cable engineers in the industry. Steve Lampen does an excellent job of describing cables and their applications. Starting with the basics of the construction of the wire, Steve describes everything from the conductor's base metal to the insulation and shielding to the applications most appropriate for each cable. He defines all of the important wire specifications and gives you a much better sense of which type of cables are most appropriate for you application. While the book is very technical in scope, Steve makes the complex topics interesting and readable. It is filled with helpful charts, graphs and tables - color codes, NEC fire codes, resistance tables, dielectric constants and more.

So much information is packed into this book that I consider it the best 400 pages of knowledge you can carry in your pocket! This is a must-have book for anyone interested in ANY aspect of cable installation or home-theater hookup. ... Read more


10. Master Handbook of Acoustics
by F. AltonEverest
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Catlog: Book (2000-09-22)
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Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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The goal of this book is to apply the principles of acoustics to the audio arts. This involves serving as an interpreter of major trends and the literature for students and practitioners in the audio field. Along with covering the more theoretical aspects of acoustics, the book applies the theory to the design of specialized audio spaces such as the home listening room, the control room, and the multi-track-recording studio. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!!!
To say that the Master Handbook of Acoustics is an 'incredibly comprehensive work' it's like saying that the Beatles were 'some band from Liverpool'. Without a doubt, a must-have. Better than that, buy two and enlighten a friend! :-)

Now really, this is the absolute definitive book on acoustics, covering topics ranging from sound propagation to room acoustics to absortion, diffusion, refraction, reflection, diffraction and everything else you can think of.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a Handbook of Acoustics
If you believe that the world of acoustics only consists of rooms and concert halls, this is the introductory book for you.

Otherwise, the treatment of contemporary topics is piecemeal. The introductory material is not sufficient to inform the more recent elements (the chapter on digital sound is laughable).

It is well worth the money for room acoustics. It should indicate that specific focus in the title. No where will you find psychoacoustics, instrument acoustics, microphone issues, and true recording issues.

4-0 out of 5 stars easy to read, easy to understand
I like this book: it's mainly about acoustic principles and room acoustics. It's easy to read (even for a beginner) and is not too superficial. One of the few audio books I still return to every now and then.
I would buy this book again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but...
Very good in relation to room acoustics, but almost useless out of America. The book does not acknowledge the metric system, and the chapters about construction apply to materials and construction methods used only in America.

Otherwise, a really good book at hammering the basics in your head! If only there were metric versions of the equations...

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an Outstanding Book
This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in room acoustics. My motivation as an Audiophile for purchasing this book was to answer the basic question: "Should my next audio investment be in room acoustic treatments, and if so what are the considerations involved?" This book methodically breaks down every aspect of the behavior of sound, and how that behavior affects and is percieved by the listener. Reverberation, reflection, dispersion, diffraction, absorption, spectral analyses, modal analyses, room topology, etc., etc... It's all there. An absolute must have for any Audiophile. ... Read more


11. DVD Demystified
by JimTaylor
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-22)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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"…without doubt the definitive reference book on DVD.”*

DVD is the all-in-one storage technology that is altering the landscape of home entertainment, professional video, business communications, and multimedia computing. Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. In DVD Demystified, Second Edition, industry insider Jim Taylor paints a full, up-to-date DVD picture with a friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if you’re a multimedia developer, work with educational technology or industrial training, if you’re a filmmaker or musician – or simply want to understand this fascinating technology with potentially huge worldwide impact.

"This is not merely ‘a’ good book to help you make sense of DVD, it is ‘the’ book that you will return to over and over as you explore and come to understand this exciting new optical media format." -- Geoffrey Tully, Multimedia Technology Consultant; former Senior VP of Production, Divx Entertainment

“As one of the DVD industry’s leading experts, Jim Taylor covers every aspect of DVD."-- Ralph LaBarge, Managing Partner, Alpha DVD

DVD contains: Hybrid DVD-Video/DVD-ROM has samples from Broadcast DVD, Dolby, THX, DTS, Joe Kane Productions, Widescreen Review, and others, plus test images, WebDVD HTML files, spreadsheets, and more ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The single best resource for DVD production...
For anyone who is a professional or serious about producing professional quality DVD, this book is an absolute "must have". Jim has managed to take a _very_ difficult subject and make the technical details of the specification understandable. I frequently train people in DVD production for feature films, and I use this book as my text. By most in the "business", this is considered to be "The Bible" and Jim is considered to be one of the most authoritative "voices" we have. And the accompanying DVD is a valuable addition, with excellent examples of what the spec is capable of.

My absolute highest recommendation!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is insane...
...it seems to have every minute detail about the DVD format. There is a history of photography through moving pictures to film and television into recording and finally DVDs. Full technical information on how DVD functions and was created, comparisons of the DVD format to every other popular format of recorded video, even examples of how to hook up a DVD player are included. DVD Demystified is a 700 page book, and obviously it will take a while to go through, but so far the 100 odd pages I've read are brilliant for defining DVD technology, and the rest of the book which I have flipped through appears to go in depth to an absolute degree. If you need a bible for the DVD format, get this book. I haven't stopped marveling at the anal ability of the author to compile this information.

4-0 out of 5 stars IN THE BATTLE FOR A BOOK VERSUS GOOD OLD GOOGLE...
..this book may not exactly be a shining victor. Don't mean to crash the party, the book indeed does its job remarkably well and for those who prefer their information packed and printed into one huggable volume, this is perhaps the best there is.

But the first question that people like me ask is "What can I find here that I cannot find for FREE on the net?" And the answer to that is, unfortunately, not much because a lot of this info is accessible elsewhere. Even if you search for the words "DVD demystified" it turns up a whole slew of immediately relevant websites (on almost all search engines).

That said, it is a fantastic book that doesn't gloat over the merits of DVD versus older discs, or the engineering nitty gritty of the whole format. If you are looking for practical advice for getting busy with your DVD-R/W, and are lazy (or busy) enough to want a book for it, then this is great bang for your buck. For the rest of us there is always a search engine.

5-0 out of 5 stars well written comprehensive, detailed
This book is well written, well edited, comprehensive, and as full of details as it can be without being a copy of the specifications. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars DVD Demystified - the industry insider's bible
DVD authoring pros and interested beginners as well use DVD Demystified as their handbook to the "DVD standard". True industry insiders pay ten thousand dollars to join the DVD Forum to get a copy of the "real" standard plus thousands more for each extension. In DVD Demystified, Jim Taylor not only reveals the important parts of the spec but also helps you to understand where it came from and, as best can be explained, why it is the way it is.

In addition to the valuable book, an included DVD has some very valuable examples of nearly every trick that can be done on a DVD-Video with ROM and web extensions. It is used as a standard in the industry to study some of the finer details. The author's website which carries the title's name-dot-com is a continually updated resource and is simply the most up-to-date available on the industry.

As a DVD author myself and full-time multimedia worker since before the word was coined, I still refer to sections of this work on a frequent basis. I'm willing to wager that almost every one of the members of the DVD Forum who have access to the multi-thousand dollar spec books also have a well-worn copy of DVD Demystified at their desk.

If you want to do anything beyond the most casual creation of DVD's for home, you should own a copy of this book. ... Read more


12. Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering
by Jerry C. Whitaker, K. Blair Benson
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Catlog: Book (2000-02-29)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Sales Rank: 244601
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Definitive video and TV engineering handbook.

If you're involved in designing, producing, installing, operating or maintaining video or broadcast facilities, Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, Third Edition, edited by Jerry Whitaker and Blair Benson, puts you in charge of all the latest principles, standards, and technologies -- from colorimetry to digital video effect to cable and satellite delivery systems. With contributions from nearly two dozen respected experts, this mammoth resource grounds you in the must-know working essentials of:

*Video technology applications *Optical components and systems *Monochrome and color information transmission *Waveforms and spectra of composite video signals *Image pickup devices and systems *Broadcast production equipment and services *Videotape recording *Video disc recording and reproduction *Film transmission systems and equipment *Serial digital video *Video and audio compression *Electronic editing *DTV technical details *Transmitters and transmitting antennas *Receivers *Standards and recommended practices *Much more

Bonus CD-ROM packs standards, links to organizations and companies, archived technical material, and broadcast engineering software. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New Technology in TV Systems requiered books like this
For TV Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians, this book is very important for updating all about concerning Technology and Systems. For Engineering Students is the way to learn more the future of the TV systems. Digital Tech on TV is spreading more and more from the broadcasting systems to the consumer equipments. ... Read more


13. Understanding Digital Cinema : A Professional Handbook
by Charles S. Swartz
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-28)
Publisher: Focal Press
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UNDERSTANDING DIGITAL CINEMA: A PROFESSIONAL HANDBOOK is a comprehensive resource on all aspects of finishing, distributing and displaying film digitally. For technical professionals as well as non-technical decision-makers, the book is a detailed exploration of every component of the process, from mastering to theater management.


* An overview of digital cinema system requirements
* Post production work flow
* Color in digital cinema
* The digital cinema mastering process
* Fundamentals of compression
* Security
* Basics of audio
* Digital distribution
* Digital projection technology
* Theater systems
* The international perspective: Views from Europe, Asia and Latin America
* A realistic assessment of the future of digital cinema

With contributions by:

Richard Crudo, President, American Society of Cinematographers
Leon Silverman, Executive Vice President, Laser Pacific Media Corporation
Charles Poynton, Color Scientist
Chris Carey, Senior Vice President,Studio New Technology,The Walt Disney Studios
Bob Lambert, Corporate Senior Vice President New Technology & New Media,
The Walt Disney Company
Bill Kinder, Pixar Animation Studios
Glenn Kennel, DLP Cinema
Peter Symes, Manager, Advanced Technology, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions
Robert Schumann, President, Cinea, Inc., A Subsidiary of Dolby Labs
David Gray, Vice President, Production Services, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Darcy Antonellis, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Technology Operations
Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Matt Cowan, Principal and Founder, Entertainment Technology Consultants
Loren Nielsen, Principal and Founder, Entertainment Technology Consultants
Michael Karagosian, Partner,Karagosian MacCalla Partners (KMP)
Peter Wilson, Vice President, Display Technologies, Snell and Wilcox Ltd.
Patrick Von Sychowski, Senior Analyst, Screen Digest
Wendy Aylsworth, Vice President of Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc.

* Learn how to manage the change and control costs, from a "who's who" list of the leaders in this ground-breaking field
*Walk away from reading this book with an essential understanding of digital cinema today
* Understand the benefits of the transition to digital cinema
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14. Adobe Encore DVD Classroom in a Book
by Adobe Creative Team, Adobe Creative Team
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Sales Rank: 116882
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Adobe Encore DVD Classroom in a Book is the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive ways to master Adobe Encore DVD. The project-based lessons show you how to use Encore DVD in real-life, everyday tasks. It combines focused learning materials and practical lessons developed by Adobe instructional designers. This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Encore DVD, this book is ideal for beginning users who want to master the key features of this newest Adobe program. You will learn how to use this fully integrated software with Adobe Premier and After Effects to create DVDs with advanced features such as interactive menus, multiple audio tracks, and subtitle tracks. You will get up to speed quickly with step-by-step project based lessons and as each chapter contains a project that builds upon each reader's growing knowledge of the Adobe Encore DVD. Review questions at the end of each chapter wrap up each lesson and readers will learn everything they need to get up and running Adobe Encore DVD. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but don't make my mistakes
I tried making a DVD from scratch using Encore by reading a few online tutorials but when I burned the DVD half the buttons didn't work on my DVD player, so I figured I'd get this book and learn how to do things right. I'm running a fancy Dell Workstation so I didn't anticipate many problems.

Rule #1. Get the Encore 1.01 update from Adobe's site. I didn't and I wasted a lot of time trying to figure out why certain features didn't work.

Rule #2. The files on the accompanying DVD must be copied to your hard drive to work! Don't waste your time scratching your head wondering why they won't open off the DVD drive.

Conclusion: Afte getting through these lessons I was able to fix all my mistakes and produce a pretty impressive DVD for my client. Of key interest to me was creating my own menus from scratch in Photoshop and these lessons made it clear enough so that I could do that.

This, like all the 'classroom in a book' series are somewhat confusing to follow, but you can muddle through and figure out what they are trying to convey, even if it means you skip a few steps.

Tip: Use hungarian naming i.e. mnu_Main, btn_Start (instead of Main, Start) so you can tell what items are menus and what are buttons, it gets confusing when you have a lot of items in your project folder. ... Read more


15. Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications: MPEG Enabled Service
by Donald C. Mead
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Asin: 0201695820
Catlog: Book (1999-09-20)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 642226
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A good reference describing Direct Broadcast Satellite
For those who want to understand the main principles of the satellite communications system construction. The author provides a comprehensive explanation of error correction, MPEG compression and even RF issues important in a context of the modern DBS system. The book is very easy to read and is NOT intended for the developers! ... Read more


16. This Business of Television
by Howard J. Blumenthal, Oliver R. Goodenough
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Asin: 0823077047
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Sales Rank: 25535
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Broad in scope and rich in detail, This Business of Television is an invaluable sourcebook for producers, writers, broadcasters, network executives, and other television professionals. The essential reference for anyone working in the television or video industries, it is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the business, examining how television programming is financed, produced, and distributed; how FCC regulations and federal law shape the form and content of broadcast, cable, and satellite television; and how producers, networks, cable companies, and local stations work together to create or acquire programming.

This Business of Television includes 50 chapters and three useful appendices: legal documents and forms; concise boilerplate contract forms for the most common business transactions in television; and a list of useful industry contacts and addresses. The legal documents and the ready-to-use contract forms are included on an enclosed disc, so they can be easily accessed for home use.

Part 1 covers distribution; Parts 2 and 3 explain FCC and federal regulations, as well as legal concepts such as copyright, the right of privacy, libel and slander, and the protection of society; Part 4 discusses program production and financing; Part 5 examines audience measurement and advertising; Part 6 explains contract basis, legal entities, and tax issues; and Part 7 offers an overview of the television industries in countries around the world.

All of the chapters have been revised and completely updated in this second edition, in addition to brand new chapters on religious television, home shopping, satellite TV, and the every more important international marketplace. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars On the whole, I was disappointed.
I was looking for an introductory book on the business of television. This book assumes that you know a few things already. It explains beginners concepts but it doesn't go out of its way to clearly explain them. I didn't understand the relationship between affiliates and networks. This book claims to explain it clearly, but it doesn't. Right now I don't even know where the affiliates get their money from. I was a bit disappointed because the other reviews showed promise, and the title too.

The best words to describe it are, as used above, a 'resource', a 'comprehensive' and 'practical' guide. The book really doesn't go out of its way to explain concepts to you. If you are looking for an introduction to the business of television, this is probably not the best place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stolen 3 times... This book is hot!!!
This book is so hot that it's been stolen from my office library 3 times. I'm on my 4th purchase of this book. I felt like I could have an intellegent conversation about any aspect of the television business after using this book. It is my main resource for getting quick answers that are easy to understand. This is required reading for those getting started and a great resource for those that have been in the industry a while. It also includes a computer disk containing forms such as U.S. Copyright registration and others found in the book that you can import to your word processor.

Ron Hebert
Producer
2002 Emmy Awards - Pacific Southwest Chapter

5-0 out of 5 stars Imagine the Future, Study the Past
This Business of Television is a landmark volume in our practice (entertainment industry economic forecasting) for three reasons.

Reason # 3: it is incredible that guys of this stature would take the time to compile such an essential and complete perspective of the television business. Goodenough, a seasoned entertainment lawyer, law professor, and a scholar pioneering the study of law and evolutionary biology, brings the structure and rigor, while Blumenthal, a prolific TV, multimedia, and online entertainment producer and businessman brings the been-there-done-that street savvy.

Reason # 2: it is, after all, the business that pays for the content (the subscriber, pay-per-view, advertising, syndication, and the latest, e-commerce revenue models) and the content that drives the migration to new technology (streaming media webcasting and video-on-demand, interactive TV, and wireless). The clear understanding of the financial systems supporting television and video entertainment offered by Oliver and Howard in this book facilitates the modeling of future monetary transactions.

Reason # 1: video programming spread from broadcast to cable and then to satellite in one generation. The last decade found it spreading to the PC via CD-ROM, DVD, and broadband Internet. In the future it will be found on our cell phones, wristwatches, car seat backs, and refrigerators. There will be innovations in business arrangements along the way, but those who cannot converse in the basic economics will be doomed.

This segues into a jacket quote by Morty Morton, former producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, who remarked, "This Business of Television has gotten me through years of moderate success in the TV business. I'm now ready to burn the damn thing and open a restaurant."

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is gold!
Our start-up entertainment company has used the first edition as our essential reference book. We have not found anything else like it. We are excited about ordering the second edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and comprehensive.
The first edition was handy, detailed, and filled with suggestions on where to find further information. I'm glad the revised edition includes a disk. Highly recommended for anyone in the television, video, or CD-ROM production business. And not a bad price, considering the cost of other texts. ... Read more


17. Digital Cinema : The Revolution in Cinematography, Post-Production, and Distribution
by Brian McKernan
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 172020
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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With its huge cost-saving potential, digital cinema is the biggest thing to happen to the movies since sound -- this book details how each phase of the digital movie-making process, shooting, postproduction, delivery, and exhibition -- differs from film and provides clear answers to the cost vs. quality controversy.

* Nonlinear editing -- software, basic technique, cost savings
* Digital video color correction
* CGI -- changing the shot after the shoot
* Digital composition for film
* Universal mastering (film, DVD, TV, Internet)
* Digital distribution and exhibition
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent and informative book on digital cinema!
This book is excellent in describing the new revolution in digital cinema. I found it to be extremely helpful, descriptive, and informative. It is wonderfully worded and written with knowledge. I believe this book to be one of the best out there when it comes to this topic. A must-read for directors, producers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Digital MovieMakers!
This is a good introduction to all the big changes happening in moviemaking and movie projection.
Those changes all involve the move from film to digital that's allowing people who don't have millions of
dollars to make movies anyway with "prosumer" cameras-provided they know what they're doing and have
a good script.

I especially like Chapter Five, which explains all the latest digital cinema cameras-both the expensive ones and the ones indy filmmakers are using to break into the industry.

The book also has interviews with different filmmakers that gives a varied picture of how digital is enabling indys to make inexpensive movies while also enabling big studio filmmakers to make even more amazing big, expensive movies.

If you ever wanted to make a movie, now is the time. Anyone who's into filmmaking and digital media should read this book.

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18. Broadcast Engineer's Reference Book
by EPJ Tozer
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-19)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 124581
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The current and definitive reference broadcast engineers need!

Compiled by leading international experts, this authoritative reference work covers every aspect of broadcast technology from camera to transmitter - encompassing subjects from analogue techniques to the latest digital compression and interactive technologies in a single source.

Written with a minimum of maths, the book provides detailed coverage and quick access to key technologies, standards and practices. This global work will become your number one resource whether you are from an audio, video, communications or computing background. Composed for the industry professional, practicing engineer, technician or sales person looking for a guide that covers the broad landscape of television technology in one handy source, the Broadcast Engineer's Reference Book offers comprehensive and accurate technical information.

Get this wealth of information at your fingertips!

· Utilize extensive illustrationsmore than 1200 tables, charts and photographs.
· Find easy access to essential technical and standards data.
· Discover information on every aspect of television technology.
· Learn the concepts and terms every broadcaster needs to know.

Learn from the experts on the following technologies:

Quantities and Units; Error Correction; Network Technologies; Telco Technologies; Displays; Colourimetry; Audio Systems; Television Standards; Colour encoding; Time code; VBI data carriage; Broadcast Interconnect formats; File storage formats; HDTV; MPEG 2; DVB; Data Broadcast; ATSC Interactive TV; encryption systems; Optical systems; Studio Cameras and camcorders; VTRs and Tape Storage; Standards Convertors; TV Studios and Studio Equipment; Studio Lighting and Control; post production systems; Telecines; HDTV production systems; Media Asset Management systems; Electronic News Production Systems; OB vehicles and Mobile Control Rooms;ENG and EFP; Power and Battery Systems; R.F. propagation; Service Area Planning; Masts Towers and Antennas; Test and measurement; Systems management; and many more!


Related Focal Press titles:
Watkinson: Convergence In Broadcast and Communications Media (2001, £59.99 (GBP)/ $75.95 (USD), ISBN: 0240515099)
Watkinson: MPEG Handbook (2001, £35 (GBP)/$54.99 (USD) ISBN: 0240516567)

- A wealth of information at your fingertips, offering easy access to essential technical and standards data
- Provides information on every aspect of television technology
- Explains concepts and terms every broadcaster needs to know
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19. Home Theaters and Electronic Houses
by Tina Skinner, Cedia
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Asin: 0764319574
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Sales Rank: 87123
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20. The MPEG-4 Book
by Touradj Ebrahimi, Fernando Pereira
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Asin: 0130616214
Catlog: Book (2002-07-10)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 349841
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A "good" book for who wants to be a "rich" marketing boy
This is the best book for me. As an iVast adviser, the book helped me to guide the company to rape $20M from suckers... Cheers ! Great professors and great works, my friends! At least, MPEG-4 made somebody some money.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview of the MPEG4 standard
This is a comprehensive overview of (almost) everything you might need to know about MPEG-4. It is a multi-author book, edited by Pereira and Ebrahimi. It does a good job of introducing a very complex standard in a single volume. ... Read more


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