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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (Tx) (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071424946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071424943
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,073,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Symes on April 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
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
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Magee on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Richardson book (H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression) is the best book on h.264 -- by virtue of being the only one.

The cover of Symes' book proclaims "Featuring: JVT/H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10". However, there's one chapter on JVT, and it is somewhat sketchy. The only level of real detail is on the transform. The rest of the AVC/h.264 standard receives brief and superficial coverage. The coverage of WMV-9, an analogous next gen codec, is even sketchier. It doesn't mention the SMPTE VC-9 standardization effort, based on WMV-9.

Next gen codecs aside, it's not a bad book as a general overview of compression. It has a breezy style that's easy to read. While some sections are quite thorough, it doesn't consistently dig past the surface.

Here's an example:

"Context-based adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) is a development of arithmetic coding mentioned in Chapter 3."

-- page 243, Chapter 12, JVT

"Explanation of the arithmetic coding process is beyond the scope of this book."

-- page 47, Chapter 3, Entropy Coding

In a nut shell, this book is a good addition to the video processing bookshelf, but it won't stand as a definitive reference to this new protocol. Maybe next edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on August 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best overall book on video compression on Amazon. I gave it five stars because of that. The only down side is that it is now a bit dated, with the creation of newer and better MPEG4 compression schemes (like H264) since the book was written (2003). If the author came out with a 2nd edition of the book that would be great and I would buy it immediately. Still, this book gave me a very good understanding of the fundamentals of video compression and was well worth it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Szabolcs Horai on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I liked this book very much. I graduated at a technical university and I wish I had had such good books there! The basics, the chapters on JPEG, MPEG-1, -2 and DV are extremely good and the other chapters give a good overview on the corresponding subjects. I do recommend this book to anyone interested in general video compression, or, e.g. how DVD works...

If I lost this book somehow I would definitely buy it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Martin Fallenstedt on July 11, 2009
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Great in-depth review of code compression. This book should not be read like a novel as each page needs to be digested and carefully reviewed so it takes time to go through this book.
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