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

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8.7. Summary

In this chapter, a general overview of the basic MPEG-4 natural video coding approach and its respective tools was presented. First, the wide scope of the MPEG-4 object-based video coding approach was highlighted. Video is no longer restricted to rectangular images; now it is possible to code images and image sequences of arbitrary shape. This provides a number of new functionalities, going beyond pure video compression. The remainder of the chapter was subdivided into two parts: The first dealt with the coding of video sequences, and the second concentrated on the coding of still images, also referred to as visual texture coding.

The first part started with a description of the MPEG-4 video tools for the coding of rectangular video ...

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