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Video coding standards

AVS China, H.264/MPEG-4 PART 10, HEVC, VP6, DIRAC and VC-1

  • Consolidates all the major video coding standards

  • Updated book reflecting various developments in video / audio codecs and their applications

  • References to books and review papers and, lists of applications, hardware/software, and useful websites

  • Includes block diagrams, figures, tables, and graphs, this book helps the reader understand the concepts, key techniques and performances of AVS China and other video coding standards readily and intuitively


Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 1-36
  3. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 37-50
  4. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 51-98
  5. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 99-124
  6. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 125-158
  7. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 159-197
  8. K. R. Rao, Do Nyeon Kim, Jae Jeong Hwang
    Pages 221-269
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 271-499

About this book


Review by Ashraf A. Kassim, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Associate Dean, School of Engineering, National University of Singapore.



The book consists of eight chapters of which the first two provide an overview of various video & image coding standards, and video formats. The next four chapters present in detail the Audio & video standard (AVS) of China, the H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced video coding (AVC) standard, High efficiency video coding (HEVC) standard and the VP6 video coding standard (now VP10) respectively. The performance of the wavelet based Dirac video codec is compared with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC in chapter 7. Finally in chapter 8, the VC-1 video coding standard is presented together with VC-2 which is based on the intra frame coding of Dirac and an outline of a H.264/AVC to VC-1 transcoder.


The authors also present and discuss relevant research literature such as those which document improved methods & techniques, and also point to other related resources including standards documents, open source software, review papers, and keynote speeches. The numerous projects presented in the later chapters are particularly thought provoking and challenging. These would be useful for readers, especially graduate students, helping them develop a deeper understanding of the standards and also direct them to further research. True to its name, “Video Coding Standards” would serve as a unique resource for researchers, developers and graduate students in the video coding field, enabling them to achieve a good understanding of these current standards including the differences in performance and limitations, as well as keep abreast of latest developments.


AVS China Audio Visual Coding Standard DIRAC H.264 Image Processing MPEG MPEG-4 PART 10 Multimedia Design Telecommunications VC-1 VP6

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Neddermann HallUniv. of Texas at Arlington Electr. EngineeringArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Barun Technologies CorporationSeoulKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  3. 3.Radiocommun. Engrg.Kunsan National Univ.KunsanKorea, Republic of (South Korea)

About the authors

Prof. K. R. Rao received the Ph. D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1966. Since 1966, he has been with the University of Texas at Arlington where he is currently a professor of electrical engineering. He, along with two other researchers, introduced the Discrete Cosine Transform in 1975 which has since become very popular in digital signal processing. He is the co-author of the books "Orthogonal Transforms for Digital Signal Processing" (Springer-Verlag, 1975), "Fast Transforms: Analyses and Applications" (Academic Press, 1982), "Discrete Cosine Transform-Algorithms, Advantages, Applications" (Academic Press, 1990). He has edited a benchmark volume, "Discrete Transforms and Their Applications" (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985). He has coedited a benchmark volume, "Teleconferencing" (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985). He is co-author of the books, "Techniques and standards for Image/Video/Audio Coding" (Prentice Hall, 1996), "Packet video communications over ATM networks"(Prentice Hall, 2000) and "Multimedia communication Systems" (Prentice Hall, 2002). He is coeditor of the handbooks, "The transform and data compression handbook" (CRC Press, 2001), and "Digital video image quality and perceptual coding" (Marcel Dekker, 2004). He is co-author of the book, "Fast Fourier Transform and Its Applications" (Springer, 2009). Some of his books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. He has conducted workshops/tutorials on video/audio coding/standards worldwide. He has published extensively in refereed journals and has been a consultant to industry, research institutes and academia. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Do Nyeon Kim received the B.E. degree from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea, in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, both from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1988 and 2004, respectively. From 1989 to 1994, he was a senior researcher at ETRI, Daejeon, Korea. He was a lecturer at Yonsei University in 2004. From 2005, he is a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a recipient of IT scholarship for 2005 and 2006 for post-doctoral program from the Institute for Information Technology Advancement and the Ministry of Information and Communication, Republic of Korea. He is co-author of the book, "Fast Fourier Transform and Its Applications" (Springer, 2010).  

Prof. J.J. Hwang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the Chonbuk National University in 1983, 1986, and 1992, respectively. He is currently full-professor at the Kunsan National University, Korea, and adjunct professor of RMIT University, Sydney,  Australia. His research interests are digital image/video coding & processing, information theory, object segmentation and tracking, and 2D/3D visual quality assessment and evaluation. He is the co-author of Techniques and standards for image, video and audio coding (Prentice Hall, 1996) and Fast Fourier transform – Algorithms and applications (Springer, 2010).

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