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A technical introduction to digital video
Poynton, Charles A., 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1996]

Physical Description:
xxx, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library TK6680.5 .P67 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Using computers and communication systems, it is easy to acquire, process, transmit, and display photographic-quality still color pictures. But the goals of smooth motion and accurate color reproduction are elusive. The technologies of digital video that are necessary to achieve these two important goals have remained inaccessible even to technical professionals-until now.

In this unique book, an internationally recognized expert addresses digital video from the perspective of computing and communications. A Technical Introduction to Digital Video is an approachable and definitive reference to the principles, algorithms, standards, and techniques of digital video.

If you are a computer system designer, engineer, programmer, or technician, you can use this book to help you learn how to apply digital video to computer systems.

If you are a television professional, this book will help you to apply digital video systems, equipment, and techniques to the emerging area of multimedia.

Author Notes

CHARLES A. POYNTON is working to integrate video technology-particularly, high-definition television, digital compression, and accurate color reproduction-into computer workstations. He initiated Sun Microsystems' HDTV workstation project and introduced color management technology to Sun. He is well known internationally as a researcher, writer, and teacher. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious David Sarnoff Gold Medal for his work in integrating video and computing technologies.

Table of Contents

Basic Principles
Raster Images in Computing
Filtering and Sampling
Image Digitization and Reconstruction
Luminance and Lightness
Color Science for Video
Luma and Color Differences
Component Video Color Coding
Composite NTSC and PAL
Field, Frame, Line, and Sample Rates
525/59.94 Scanning and Sync
525/59.94 Component Video
525/59.94 NTSC Composite Video
625/50 Scanning and Sync
625/50 Component Video
625/50 PAL Composite Video
Electrical and Mechanical Interfaces
Broadcast Standards
Test Signals

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