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

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4.4. A Peek Ahead on BIFS

The following BIFS tools were being finalized at the time this book was written. They are specified in Amendments 1 and 2 to the second edition of the MPEG-4 Systems standard [MPEG4-1]. Their importance in terms of enabling applications justifies this anticipation.

4.4.1. Media Nodes

It was found quite early in the design of BIFS that the control features of some nodes inherited from VRML were impossible to use in the same way across all delivery scenarios. Rather than making the viewing experience for the same content different for different delivery scenarios, it was decided to restrict the semantics of the fields startTime and stopTime of the MovieTexture and Sound nodes and to design new, more complex nodes that ...

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