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Television Compression Algorithms And Transmission On Packet Networks
Author(s): R. C. Brainard; J. H. Othmer
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Paper Abstract

Wide-band packet transmission is a subject of strong current interest. The transmission of compressed TV signals over such networks is possible with any quality level. There are some specific advantages in using packet networks for TV transmission. Namely, any fixed data rate can be chosen, or a variable data rate can be utilized. However, on the negative side packet loss must be considered and differential delay in packet arrival must be compensated. The possibility of packet loss has a strong influence on compression algorithm choice. Differential delay of packet arrival is a new problem in codec design. Some issues relevant to mutual design of the transmission networks and compression algorithms will be presented. An assumption is that the packet network will maintain packet sequence integrity. For variable-rate transmission, a reasonable definition of peak data rate is necessary. Rate constraints may be necessary to encourage instituting a variable-rate service on the networks. The charging algorithm for network use will have an effect on selection of compression algorithm. Some values of and procedures for implementing packet priorities are discussed. Packet length has only a second-order effect on packet-TV considerations. Some examples of a range of codecs for differing data rates and picture quality are given. These serve to illustrate sensitivities to the various characteristics of packet networks. Perhaps more important, we talk about what we do not know about the design of such systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1001, Visual Communications and Image Processing '88: Third in a Series, (25 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.969049
Show Author Affiliations
R. C. Brainard, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
J. H. Othmer, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1001:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '88: Third in a Series
T. Russell Hsing, Editor(s)

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