Now that we have looked at video, video compression, and the basics of IP, we are ready to look at the process of creating IP packets out of a digital video stream. This chapter will begin by covering the process of chopping up the video stream so that it will fit into IP packets, known as encapsulation. Then, we will discuss the ways that MPEG formats data for transport. We’ll examine the different protocols that run on top of IP to control the flow of packets, and we’ll look at a few techniques that are used to make video transport more reliable.

By the end of this chapter, readers should have a good understanding of the different forms of MPEG video streams and have developed a solid foundation in the UDP, TCP, and ...

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