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Einführung in die Multimediatechnik
University of Luebeck
Summer 2010



The recommended readings are not mandatory, but will make life much easier in the examination. Nevertheless, the questions will only cover topics that have been presented in the slide set during the lecture. The additional readings are for those, who are interested to dive deeper into some of the fields.
Please also consider the references given in the lecture slides for the specific topics.

Last Update: April 9, 2010


Randall Packer and Ken Jordan
multiMEDIA - From Wagner to Virtual Reality
Norton, New York, 2001.

This great book gives you a flavour of Multimedia Technology usage in the last 100 years!

Francois Fluckiger
Understanding Networked Multimedia - Applications and Technology
Prentice Hall, London, 1995.

This book is one of the two major books covering the multimedia area as an overview (beside Steinmetz - see below). Unfortunately it is getting older now, but the general sections about fundamental issues are still important and easy to understand.
Important: Chapter 1 - What is multimedia? (pp. 3-16), Chapter 2 - Integrating digital information (pp. 17-30), Chapter 3 - Text, graphics, images, video, animation, sound (pp. 31-49).

Ralf Steinmetz, Klara Nahrstedt
Media Coding and Content Processing
Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002.

This book is part of a series, created as a new edition of an older book. This first volume gives an introduction into media coding and processing in general. Ralf Steinmetz is a professor for Multimedia Technology at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
Klara Nahrstedt is professor of computer science at the University of Illinois. Important: Chapter 1 - Introduction (pp. 1-6), Chapter 2 - Media and Data Streams (pp. 7-20).
Also interesting: Chapter 7 - Data Compression (pp. 105-168), Chapter 8 - Optical Storage Media (pp. 169-204).

Ken C. Pohlmann
Principles of Digital Audio
McGrawHill, New York, 5th Edition, 2005.
McLuhan ISNM 309

This is a great book about audio with very introductional sections which can also go deep into the stuff, but are always nice to read. Really recommendable.
Important: Chapter 1 - Sound and Numbers (pp. 1-20), Chapter 2 - Fundamentals of Digital Audio (pp. 21-48), Chapter 3 - Digital Audio Recording (pp. 49-78), Chapter 4 - Digital Audio Reproduction (pp. 79-128), Chapter 10 - Perceptual Coding (pp. 303-362).
Also interesting for further reading: Chapter 8 - Optical Disc Storage (pp. 219-242), Chapter 9 - Compact Disc (pp. 243-302), Chapter 11 - DVD (pp. 363-416), Chapter 14 - PC Audio (pp. 473-508).

Friedemann Mattern
Die Informatisierung des Alltags
Springer, 2007.

Interesting book about the implications of Ubiquitous Computing. Chapter by Mattern about Multimedia Visions.

Roy S. Berns
Billmeyer and Saltzman's Principles of Color Technology
Wiley-Interscience; 3 edition (March 31, 2000) .

Great Introduction into Color Technology.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Computer Networks
Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 4th Edition, 2003.

The standard book about networking. It's really worth reading it completely. But it's huge, and therefore I recommend Chapter 1 - Introduction (pp. 1-84), Section 7.4 - Multimedia (pp. 674-711).


Information Technology, Coded Representation of Multimedia and Hypermedia Information (MHEG),,
Part 1: Base Notation (ASN.1) Committee draft ISO/IEC CD 13522-1, June 1993. ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG12
University of Wien
Institute of Physiology
Reference Collection
Charles Poynton
A guided Tour of Color Spaces,
New Foundations for Video Technology (Proceedings of the SMPTE Advanced Television and Electronic Imaging Conference, San Francisco, Feb. 1995), 167-180.
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K.K. Bosse, How the ear works, McCrory Studios (1940),  Internet Archive
K.K. Bosse, How the eye functions, McCrory Studios (1941),  Internet Archive
Microsoft Corp., Healthcare Vision,  HealthBlog
Digital Media City Seoul,  DMC, Ubiquitous City Korea,  Youtube


 ISOC Internet Society
 ITU - International Telecommunication Union
 Aroma Jet
 Shortcourses.com: Sensors
 Color Pages at handprint.com (Very instructive!)
 Charles Poynton's color web site
 CIE - Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage
 Recording Technology History
 Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

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