Video Demystified - A Handbook for the Digital Engineer, 4th Edition

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Book Description Publication Date: September 21, 2004 | ISBN-10: 0750678224 | ISBN-13: 978-0750678223 | Edition: 4th This international bestseller and essential reference is the "bible" for digital video engineers and progra...
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Book Description

Publication Date: September 21, 2004 | ISBN-10: 0750678224 | ISBN-13: 978-0750678223 | Edition: 4th
This international bestseller and essential reference is the "bible" for digital video engineers and programmers worldwide. This is by far the most informative analog and digital video reference available, includes the hottest new trends and cutting-edge developments in the field.

Video Demystified, Fourth Edition is a "one stop" reference guide for the various digital video technologies. The fourth edition is completely updated with all new chapters on MPEG-4, H.264, SDTV/HDTV, ATSC/DVB, and Streaming Video (Video over DSL, Ethernet, etc.), as well as discussions of the latest standards throughout. The accompanying CD-ROM is updated to include a unique set of video test files in the newest formats. 

*This essential reference is the "bible" for digital video engineers and programmers worldwide 
*Contains all new chapters on MPEG-4, H.264, SDTV/HDTV, ATSC/DVB, and Streaming Video 
*Completely revised with all the latest and most up-to-date industry standards


Editorial Reviews


"The book is a strong combination of introductory text and reference work on video. The contents are very academic and technical. It should be useful for practicing hardware developers and engineers and college students in related fields. It is recommended for academic libraries and special libraries serving these audiences."
- Xu Peng, Business Librarian, Michigan State University Gast Business Library 

"I have never seen such a wealth of useful information about video signals as the author provides in this book. And with today's emphasis on multimedia computers, video-processing devices, and graphic add-in boards, the book in invaluable, whether you're a test engineering or a designer."
- Test and Measurement World

"Since there's so much to know about video - techniques, coding, formats, protocols, signal shapes, connectors, pinouts and more - I recommend an excellent, comprehensive book that I have seen on this topic. It is Video Demystified . this 900-page book is great to have handy."
- Bill Schweber, Editor, Planet Analog

Book Description


Product Details

  • Series: Demystifying Technology
  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 4th edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750678224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750678223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for video electronics engineers June 3, 2006
To begin with, the 4th edition of this book was released in autumn 2004, so all reviews earlier than that are referring to previous editions. I think that too many people buy this book and are expecting either "Video Algorithms Demystified" or "Video Processing Demystified". That is entirely understandable since "Video Demystified" could be talking about one or several areas of video and until you purchase the book you don't really know which one. This book should probably be relabeled as "Video Systems Demystified" to cause a minimum of confusion.

This book is most suitable for electrical engineers that are interested in video signals and their diagrams, video interfaces, connectors and their pin-outs, voltage levels, and digital data and video formats. There are many diagrams showing, for example, typical scrambler and descrambler circuits. The chapters on the video standards (MPEG-1,2,4) do a pretty good job of detailing the format of the video data as it is encoded, including all of the possible header fields, but there is virtually no discussion on any of the compression and motion estimation algorithms that do the actual encoding. There is one chapter on video signal processing, and it is very superficial.

The CD-ROM contains a large variety of color test images useful to video engineers trying to determine if their video system has any problems, and if so, produce a diagnosis. The one item in this book of particular interest to people with more of a computer science/algorithm interest in video would be the source code for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.261, and H.263 video encoders and decoders present on the CD. However, I have not tried out these decoders myself, so I cannot speak to their functionality.

In summary, if you are an electrical/electronics engineer involved in video electronics I highly recommend this book. If you are a programmer or someone interested in the algorithms of video processing, this book will probably be only moderately (3 stars) helpful. Thus, I split the difference for a 4 star rating. I notice that Amazon only shows the content for the 3rd edition, so I show the table of contents for the 4th edition next:
Introduction 1
Introduction to Video 6
Color Spaces 15
Video Signals Overview 35
Analog Video Interfaces 66
Digital Video Interfaces 100
Digital Video Processing 202
NTSC/PAL/SECAM Overview 265
NTSC and PAL Digital Encoding and Decoding 394
H.261 and H.263 472
Consumer DV 519
MPEG-1 Video Compression 543
MPEG-2 Video Compression 581
MPEG-4 and H.264 736
ATSC Digital Television 760
OpenCable Digital Television 778
DVB Digital Television 796
ISDB Digital Television 816
IPTV 831
Glossary 841


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