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The MPEG Handbook, 2nd Edition by John Watkinson

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7

MPEG applications

7.1 Introduction

It should be borne in mind that however exciting it may be, MPEG is only a technology. Technology per se is not useful and only becomes useful when it is incorporated into an appropriate and affordable product or service. If the use is not appropriate or affordable, there is no point in blaming the technology.

In this chapter a number of useful applications of MPEG are outlined. In most cases designers have followed the rules of high technology to design systems which maximize the potential of the technology whilst protecting against its weaknesses.

MPEG is an information technology. It cannot deliver anything physical: you get the movie but no popcorn. The strength of MPEG is that it delivers audio-visual ...

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