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2.7. Summary

This chapter provided a brief overview of the MPEG-4 standard, starting with the design goals that have driven the development of the standard. Next, it described an end-to-end MPEG-4 creation, delivery, and consumption walkthrough using MPEG-4 player anatomy and tools. The chapter positioned the MPEG-4 standard in the marketplace with regard to its predecessors', competitors', and partners' technology. This overview concluded by describing three example applications that can benefit from the MPEG-4 technology.

MPEG-4 is designed to provide an integrated multimedia framework allowing for rich, interactive experiences in many different environments. MPEG-4's core concept is the audiovisual scene: a composition of audiovisual objects according to a scene description.


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