- Title Pages
- Series Foreword
- Introduction, the Stuff of Software
- Class Library
- Code (or, How You Can Write Something Differently)
- Computing Power
- Concurrent Versions System
- Data Visualization
- Object Orientation
- Preferences/settings/options/control panels
- Sonic Algorithm
- Source Code
- System Event Sounds
- Text Virus
- Timeline (sonic)
- About the Contributors
This chapter discusses the codec (coder-decoder or compressor-decompressor), a device or software that performs encoding or decoding of digital signals like video, audio, and speech. The next parts of the chapter highlight various patent pools and video codecs: MPEG- 1, MPEG- 2, MPEG- 4, H.261, H.263, DivX, XviD, MJPEG, WMV, RealVideo. The chapter focuses on the Fourier Transform and the Discrete Cosine Transform along with the other important transforms. Exploration of several digital signal processing, compression, data streaming techniques, and complications involved with codecs concludes the chapter.
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