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Without doubt, this book deserves a "thumbs up!," delivering a most erudite presentation of the MPEG-4 standard. The book is comprehensive in nature -- focusing on all video coding standards and technology -- but clearly explains the MPEG-4 standard in a precise and concise manner, without confusing the reader with too many unnecessary details.
The authors begin by discussing the merits of the MPEG working group (Moving Picture Experts Group) within in the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (whose job is to produce international standards for moving picture and audiovisual applications). They then cover each part of the MPEG-4 standard. Next, the related technologies associated with the standard are addressed, such as the management and synchronization of an MPEG-4 presentation. The book also does an excellent job of covering the MPEG-4 scene description format (which supports MPEG-4's object-based data representation model), revealing how to use the Java language to control features of an MPEG-4 player, discussing the Extensible MPEG-4 Textual Format (XMT) framework, and presenting a general approach to the delivery of MPEG-4 presentations.
The next several chapters do an outstanding job of discussing media representation technologies. The last few chapters wrap up the book by focusing on profiling and conformance; reference software in MPEG-4; and validation testing of the MPEG-4 video and audio technology. Finally, the appendices are chock-full of information on levels for visual, audio, graphics, and scene graph profiles, as well as MPEG-J code samples.
If you work in the interactive multimedia "field of dreams," this book is the most complete and outstanding reference to have on your shelf -- it's the bible of MPEG-4. Read it, and consume the content. John Vacca
John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security and aerospace technology.