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Understanding MPEG 4 by Klaus Diepold, Sebastian Moeritz

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CHAPTER 3

The Technology in the Standard

In this chapter, we provide an overview of the technology that has finally been standardized in MPEG-4. Let’s start with a description of the underlying trends that have initiated and shaped the technical content of the standard. These trends have induced a number of new application scenarios and service proposals dictating technical requirements that were subsequently transformed into an overall technical framework for MPEG-4. We will discuss the resulting overall architecture on a conceptual level to highlight how it is fundamentally different from existing coding standards in terms of the basic approach. Subsequently, we will give a comprehensive description of the individual technical constituents ...

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