The most complete, focused guide to MPEG-4--the breakthrough standard for interactive multimedia. * The comprehensive, focused, up-to-the-minute guide to MPEG-4 * Practical solutions for next-generation multimedia applications * In-depth coverage of natural and synthetic audiovisual object coding, description, composition and synchronization * Binary and textual scene description * Transport and storage of MPEG-4 content * MPEG-4 profiles and levels; verification tests MPEG-4 represents a breakthrough in multimedia, delivering not just outstanding compression but also a fully interactive user experience. In The MPEG-4 Book, two leaders of the MPEG-4 standards community offer a comprehensive, targeted guide to the MPEG-4 standard--and its use in cutting-edge applications. Fernando Pereira and Touradj Ebrahimi, together with a unique collection of key MPEG experts, demonstrate how MPEG-4 addresses tomorrow's multimedia applications more successfully than any previous standard.They review every element of the standard to offer you a book that covers: * Synthetic and natural audio and video object coding, description and synchronization * BIFS--the MPEG-4 language for scene description and interaction * The extensible MPEG-4 textual format XMT * Transport and delivery of MPEG-4 content * MPEG-J: using Java classes within MPEG-4 content * A complete overview of MPEG-4 Profiles and Levels * Verification tests The authors also walk through the MPEG-4 Systems Reference Software ?offering powerful real-world insights for every product developer, software professional, engineer, and researcher involved with MPEG-4 and state-of-the-art multimedia delivery. Part of the new IMSC Press Series from the Integrated Multimedia System Center at the University of Southern California, a federally funded center specializing in cutting-edge multimedia research.