Video Demystified

Video Demystified

A Handbook for the Digital Engineer

5th Edition - April 30, 2007

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  • Author: Keith Jack
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750683951
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080553955

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What doesn't have a video component nowadays? IPod, cell phone, computer, they all have video. And, of course, television which is a major source of our entertainment and information. Any engineer involved in designing, manufacturing, or testing video electronics needs this book! Each edition of Video Demystified has sold thousands of copies and answered many questions for electrical engineers across the globe. This fifth edition will keep the engineer up-to-date with next-generation digital video formats - Blu-ray and HD-DVD, development of new audio and video codecs - Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, etc. - along with the all the latest information on HDTV, HDMI and IPTV(TV over the Internet). All broadcast, cable, and satellite standards will be updated to reflect these new codecs and specifications. The book will also aid in the design of devices and infrastructures from analog to digital television transmission - with analog transmission ceasing in early 2009 or before.

Key Features

  • The next generation of digital video - Blu-ray and HD-DVD thoroughly introduced
  • All broadcast and satellite standards completely updated
  • Essential information for the upcoming transition of television signals from analog to digital


Hardware and software engineers and programmers working with the capture, storage, processing, manipulation, and/or transmission of video in digital form; multimedia designers; students; product managers; video content producers and distributors

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Introduction to Video
    Chapter 3: Color Spaces
    Chapter 4: Video Signals Overview
    Chapter 5: Analog Video Interfaces
    Chapter 6: Digital Video Interfaces
    Chapter 7: Digital Video Processing
    Chapter 8: NTSC, PAL, and SECAM Overview
    Chapter 9: NTSC and PAL Digital Encoding and Decoding
    Chapter 10: H.261 and H.263
    Chapter 11: Consumer DV
    Chapter 12: MPEG-1
    Chapter 13: MPEG-2
    Chapter 14: MPEG-4 and H.264
    Chapter 15: ATSC Digital Television
    Chapter 16 OpenCable Digital Television
    Chapter 17: DVB Digital Television
    Chapter 18: ISDB Digital Television
    Chapter 19: IPTV
    Chapter 20: Glossary

Product details

  • No. of pages: 944
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2007
  • Published: April 30, 2007
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750683951
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080553955

About the Author

Keith Jack

Keith Jack is Director of Product Marketing at Sigma Designs. Sigma Designs develops and markets high-performance, highly-integrated System-on-a-Chip (SoC) semiconductors for IPTV Set-top Boxes, Blu-ray and HD DVD Players/Recorders, HDTVs, Digital Media Adapters, and Portable Media Players. Prior to joining Sigma Designs, Mr. Jack held various marketing and chip design positions at Harris Semiconductor, Brooktree, and Rockwell International. He has been involved in over 40 multimedia chips for the consumer market.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Product Marketing, Sigma Designs, Fremont, CA, USA

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