Video Over IP: IPTV, Internet Video, H.264, P2P, Web TV, and Streaming: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Technology (Focal Press Media Technology Professional Series) 2nd Edition

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"I find this book among the better ones, for its systematic approach and clarity of the text...The "Video over IP" book is highly recommended for all practising broadcast engineers."- EBU Technical Review

"...here is a guide that gives you everything you need to know to find the best solution for your application."- SCTE

About the Author

Wes Simpson is President of Telecom Product Consulting, an independent consulting firm that focuses on video and telecommunications products. He has more than 25 years experience in the design, development and marketing of products for telecommunication applications. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as IBC, NAB and VidTrans and is author of the book Video Over IP. Wes was a founding member of the Video Services Forum.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focal Press Media Technology Professional Series
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240810848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810843
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wes Simpson has been acting as an interpreter between technical experts and typical users for his entire career. He began as an engineer who needed to understand what customers wanted, and then moved into product management and marketing consulting to help guide new product development. He has developed and presented a number of training classes for organizations such as the IEEE, SMPTE, the VSF, and Brandman University. Wes was a founder of the Video Services Forum, an influential trade group. He is also a columnist for TV Technology magazine. In addition to his books and courses, Wes has created whitepapers for many companies in the television industry. and has truly enjoyed developing and delivering presentations to audiences around the globe.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Franco Arda on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
A well written book and great introduction into digital/audio broadcast incl. Video Conference and compression techniques (incl. H.264). Level: beginner / intermediate. The writing styled is clear and non-technical readers should understand it quickly.

But what's being technical? Some would argue that understanding the different levels of H.264 is technical (not covered in detail). Or understanding 'calculating network bandwidth' (covered on 2 pages). It's certainly not a book for techies in the field. I would consider a hard-core technical book like 'Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming'.

The only topic that to me was not properly covered is P2P. It was expecting more on this especially since P2P is mentioned on the subtitle. But that's a small detail of an otherwise great book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moore Paul Patrick on April 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is very well written book. For an beginner in the digital video/audio broadcast field like me, the book provides a good overview of the various video and audio standards as used by broadcasters and telecomms and internet service providers. The writing style used is very clear and the diagrams used also support the text.

The downside of the book is that it is not detailed enough me (my background is in computers/telecomms). For example, RTP, the protocol used at the hard of digital media streaming, merits only three pages. I have the impression that the book's audience is too broad - the book attempts to address users, broadcasters, and telecomms engineers. There is no detailed explanation of how the networking protocols work. The video/audio protocols are explained in some detail, but in the case of the network protocol already mentioned, RTP, no details are given, and no reference for further study is given.

In summary, the book is good as an easy introductory read, computer professionals especially will be want to look elswewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Nagarajan on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
If someone wants to get a good introduction of the Video Over IP,
this is the book. It does not overwhelm the readers with
details and at the end of reading this book, a reader
gets a high level understanding of various aspects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jachetta on April 16, 2010
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I highly recommend this book. Wes Simpson's book is very well written where both experts and beginners can understand the complex subject of video over IP. There are chapters that cover the basics and others that cover advanced concepts. This book is a MUST READ for anyone in the Video Over IP business. There is a whole series of Engineering books edited by Merrill Weiss from Focal Press. Wes Simpson and Merrill Weiss are both valued resources and technology advocates in the Broadcast Television Industry.
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By ACE on January 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. It provides a good introduction to Video over IP as well as the broadcast industry as a whole. There are other books that delve heavily into general material that this book covers. For example, if you want an intro to SIP and/or H.323, then this book is for you. If you want an in-depth packet and frame level text, then look else where.

I didn't find anything wrong with this book. It was very helpful for me and my purposes.
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