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A Technical Introduction to Digital Video 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471122531
ISBN-10: 047112253X
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From the Publisher

Poynton, who has won awards for his work integrating video and computing, has written an interesting and enlightening reference on the basic concepts and processes essential for successful design and development of digital video projects. Featuring 200 line drawings and photographs as well as 12 pages of four-color artwork, this book will prove indispensable for technical people who are not video experts.

From the Back Cover

Using computers and communication systems, it is easy to acquire, process, transmit, and display photographic-quality still color pictures. But the goals of smooth motion and accurate color reproduction are elusive. The technologies of digital video that are necessary to achieve these two important goals have remained inaccessible even to technical professionals-until now.

In this unique book, an internationally recognized expert addresses digital video from the perspective of computing and communications. A Technical Introduction to Digital Video is an approachable and definitive reference to the principles, algorithms, standards, and techniques of digital video.

If you are a computer system designer, engineer, programmer, or technician, you can use this book to help you learn how to apply digital video to computer systems.

If you are a television professional, this book will help you to apply digital video systems, equipment, and techniques to the emerging area of multimedia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047112253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471122531
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Song on June 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book does a great job of explaining video concepts. You will love how Poynton starts with the basics, explains them, builds and then gets down to the nitty gritty (even down to the mathematical formulas). This book is complete & consistent.
It's perfect for technical folks who didn't know much about digital video (that was me) but needed a detailed understanding & explanation. I also think it's great for intermediate-advanced because they can always use this book as a reference. A co-worker of mine who is a video expert looked through it and was impressed. He wished there was a book like this back when he was learning.
It would have been nice if there was a section on digital video compression though.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
An excellent reference book. Covers a variety of computer graphics as well as analog and digital video topics. Includes a very good chapter on filtering and sampling, giving an in depth explanation of aliasing effects. I recommended this book in one of my recent JavaWorld "Media Programming" columns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DeDragon on June 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is packed with technical information about the digital video format. Extremely detailed and thorough, it is a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in digital video. The chapters on digitized compression and image capture are priceless from the aspect of digital editing. However, because the information is so technical it is not a good book for a beginner who is still learning how to operate his or her camera.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Edmondson on January 30, 2013
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I am a beginning video editor. This book was so technical it was like an engineering graduate school textbook--in my scope of knowledge. If you want to know esoteric details this book is good, I would suggest this book only for professional editors.
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