Overview

The most complete, focused guide to MPEG-4—the breakthrough standard for interactive multimedia.

  • The comprehensive, focused, up-to-the-minute guide to MPEG-4

  • Practical solutions for next-generation multimedia applications

  • In-depth coverage of natural and synthetic audiovisual object coding, description, composition and synchronization

  • Binary and textual scene description

  • Transport and storage of MPEG-4 content

  • MPEG-4 profiles and levels; verification tests

MPEG-4 represents a breakthrough in multimedia, delivering not just outstanding compression but also a fully interactive user experience. In The MPEG-4 Book, two leaders of the MPEG-4 standards community offer a comprehensive, targeted guide to the MPEG-4 standard—and its use in cutting-edge applications. Fernando Pereira and Touradj Ebrahimi, together with a unique collection of key MPEG experts, demonstrate how MPEG-4 addresses tomorrow's multimedia applications more successfully than any previous standard. They review every element of the standard to offer you a book that covers:

  • Synthetic and natural audio and video object coding, description and synchronization

  • BIFS—the MPEG-4 language for scene description and interaction

  • The extensible MPEG-4 textual format XMT

  • Transport and delivery of MPEG-4 content

  • MPEG-J: using Java classes within MPEG-4 content

  • A complete overview of MPEG-4 Profiles and Levels

  • Verification tests

The authors also walk through the MPEG-4 Systems Reference Software ?offering powerful real-world insights for every product developer, software professional, engineer, and researcher involved with MPEG-4 and state-of-the-art multimedia delivery.

Part of the new IMSC Press Series from the Integrated Multimedia System Center at the University of Southern California, a federally funded center specializing in cutting-edge multimedia research.

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