Digital Video and HD, Second Edition

Algorithms and Interfaces
Book Type: Embedded Books

Digital Video and HD: Algorithms and Interfaces provides a one-stop shop for the theory and engineering of digital video systems. Equally accessible to video engineers and those working in computer graphics, Charles Poynton's revision to his classic text covers emergent compression systems, including H.264 and VP8/WebM, and augments detailed information on JPEG, DVC, and MPEG-2 systems. This edition also introduces the technical aspects of file-based workflows and outlines the emerging domain of metadata, placing it in the context of digital video processing.

With the help of hundreds of high quality technical illustrations, this book presents the following topics:

* Basic concepts of digitization, sampling, quantization, gamma, and filtering
* Principles of color science as applied to image capture and display
* Scanning and coding of SDTV and HDTV
* Video color coding: luma, chroma (4:2:2 component video, 4fSC composite video)
* Analog NTSC and PAL
* Studio systems and interfaces
* Compression technology, including M-JPEG and MPEG-2
* Broadcast standards and consumer video equipment

"This is the "Gamma Sutra" - a guide to the pleasures of understanding electronic pictures. It's like having the world's best teacher giving you a private seminar on whatever you need to know."

Mark Schubin, multiple Emmy Award-winning Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

"We are all looking forward to the benefits that will result from the convergence/collision between digital television and computers. This book is an invaluable reference in how digital video is done, both for TV people and for computer graphics people, and it will go a long way toward accelerating the convergence and in minimizing the damage it may cause to either party."

From the Foreword by Jim Blinn, Microsoft Research

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About the Author(s)

Charles Poynton

Charles Poynton is an independent contractor specializing in the physics, mathematics, and engineering of digital colour imaging systems, including digital video, HD, and digital cinema. Apart from his professional work, he is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University.

In the early 1980s, Charles designed and built the digital video equipment used by NASA to convert video from the Space Shuttle into NTSC. In 1990, he initiated Sun Microsystems’ HD research project, and introduced color management technology to Sun. He was Sun’s founding member in what a few years later became the International Color Consortium (ICC).