Multimedia has a virtually unlimited number of applications that can significantly affect the lives of people. Applications such as world-wide-web (WWW) browsers (along with the web-servers they access) allow people to share information in a multimedia format that includes text, audio, still images, and to an extent, video. Live-video conferencing and computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) applications allow physically separated people to interactively discuss and share ideas through the exchange of multimedia information. Applications such as digital libraries and video-on-demand services promise the retrieval of video for virtually any topic the user desires. A common thread throughout all these applications is the need for high quality video within limited resource budgets.


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