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MPEG-4 Book, The by Touradj Ebrahimi, Fernando Pereira

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Chapter 2. MPEG-4 Overview

by Olivier Avaro, Rob Koenen, and Fernando Pereira

Keywords: MPEG-4 design goals, multimedia architecture, audiovisual object representation, MPEG-4 tools, multimedia standards, MPEG-4 applications

The MPEG-4 project started in 1992 with the goal of setting a standard for Very Low Bit Rate Audiovisual Coding [N271]. The initial participants were companies from the consumer electronics, computer, and telecom industries, as well as academia. There was the promise of great new coding methodologies that would greatly improve (video) compression efficiency over the existing hybrid DCT-based coding schemes. The participants discussed whether MPEG-4 should be centered on Very Low Bit Rates or on Very High Compression Efficiency ...

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