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Communicating Pictures: A course in image and video coding

David R Bull

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Communicating Pictures: A course in image and video coding

Written by the Head of Visual Information Laboratory at the University of Bristol, UK, and Director of the Bristol Vision Institute, this book, Communicating Pictures, details all aspects of image and video coding.

With images and video being used far more widely these days on everything from cameras to mobile phones, image data is being transferred ever more frequently and it is forming a much greater proportion of the data transferred on mobile networks.

As such the techniques required for transporting these images has grown in importance. Many more people need to know the technologies and techniques used. This book provides good reference for anyone associated with these areas.

The book, Communicating Pictures starts with a historical perspective of how images were transferred and uses this to describe the applications and requirements of a modern video coding system.

The text provides an algorithmically rigorous, yet accessible approach to describing the relevant modem standards

It offers a thorough grounding in visual perception, and demonstrates how modern image and video compression methods can be designed in order to meet the rate-quality performance levels demanded by today's applications, networks and users.

The book has many key features:

  • It describes the practical issues when implementing a codec, such as picture boundary extension and complexity reduction, with particular emphasis on efficient algorithms for transforms, motion estimators and error resilience.

  • The book details the conflicts between conventional video compression, based on variable length coding and spatiotemporal prediction, and the requirements for error resilient transmission

  • It describes how to assess the quality of coded images and video content, both through subjective trials and by using perceptually optimised objective metrics.

  • The book covers the operation and performance of the state-of-the-art High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard which is becoming more widespread in its use.

  • It details the basics of video communications and includes a strong grounding in how people perceive images and video, and as a result how redundancy can be exploited to reduce the amount of data that needs to be transferred.

  • Very usefully the book, Communicating Pictures, covers many of the pitfalls associated with the transmission of real-time video over networks (wireless and fixed).

There are few other similar books and as this one is completely up to date and written by an acknowledged expert in the filed it will be of great value as a reference or text book for many involved in this area of communications.

Book details:

Cover: Hardcover 560 pages
Publisher: Academic Press
Publication: 27 June 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0124059066
ISBN-13: 978-0124059061
Book Dimensions: 24.1 x 20.1 x 3.8 cm

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