1st Edition

3D Television (3DTV) Technology, Systems, and Deployment Rolling Out the Infrastructure for Next-Generation Entertainment

By Daniel Minoli Copyright 2010
    340 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    340 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Going beyond the technological building blocks of 3DTV, 3D Television (3DTV) Technology, Systems, and Deployment: Rolling Out the Infrastructure for Next-Generation Entertainment offers an early view of the deployment and rollout strategies of this emerging technology. It covers cutting-edge advances, theories, and techniques in end-to-end 3DTV systems to provide a system-level view of the topic and what it takes to make this concept a commercial reality.

    The book reflects the full-range of questions being posed about post-production 3D mastering, delivery options, and home screens. It reviews fundamental visual concepts supporting stereographic perception of 3DTV and considers the various stages of a 3DTV system including capture, representation, coding, transmission, and display.

    • Presents new advances in 3DTV and display techniques
    • Includes a 24-page color insert
    • Identifies standardization activities critical to broad deployment
    • Examines a different stage of an end-to-end 3DTV system in each chapter
    • Considers the technical details related to 3DTV—including compression and transmission technologies

    Discussing theory and application, the text covers both stereoscopic and autostereoscopic techniques—the latter eliminating the need for special glasses and allowing for viewer movement. It also examines emerging holographic approaches, which have the potential to provide the truest three-dimensional images. The book contains the results of a survey of a number of advocacy groups to provide a clear picture of the current state of the industry, research trends, future directions, and underlying topics.

    Some Basic Fundamentals of Visual Science
    Stereo Vision Concepts
    Parallax Concepts
    Other Concepts
    Appendix 2A: Analytical 3D Aspects of the Human Visual System

    Application of Visual Science Fundamental s to 3DTV
    Application of the Science to 3D Projection/3DTV
    Autostereoscopic Viewing
    Other Longer-Term Systems
    Viewer Physiological Issues with 3D Content
    Conclusion and Requirements of Future 3DTV

    Basic 3DTV Approaches for Content Capture and Mastering
    General Capture, Mastering, and Distribution Process
    3D Capture, Mastering, and Distribution Process
    Overview of Network Transport Approaches
    MPEG Standardization Efforts
    Appendix 4A: Additional Details on 3D Video Formats 

    3D Basic 3DTV Approaches and Technologies for In-Home Display of Content
    Connecting the In-Home Source to the Display
    3DTV Display Technology
    Other Display Technologies
    Appendix 5A: Primer on Cables/Connectivity for High-End Video

    3DTV Advocacy and System-Level Research Initiatives
    3D Consortium (3DC)
    3D@Home Consortium
    3D Media Cluster
    3DTV 210
    Challenges and Players in the 3DTV Universe




    Mr. Minoli has done extensive work in video engineering, design and implementation over the years. The results presented in this book are based on work done while at Bellcore/Telcordia, Stevens Institute of technology, AT&T, and other engineering firms, starting in the early 1990s and continuing to the present. Some of his video work has been documented in books he has authored such as IP Multicast with Applications to IPTV and Mobile DVB-H (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2008); Video Dialtone Technology: Digital Video over ADSL, HFC, FTTC, and ATM (McGraw-Hill, 1995); Distributed Multimedia Through Broadband Communication Services (co-authored) (Artech House, 1994); Digital Video (4 chapters) in The Telecommunications Handbook , K. Terplan & P. Morreale Editors, IEEE Press, 2000; and, Distance Learning: Technology and Applications (Artech House, 1996). Mr. Minoli has many years of technical-hands-on and managerial experience in planning, designing, deploying, and operating IP/IPv6-, telecom-, wireless-, and video networks, and Data Center systems and subsystems for global Best-In-Class carriers and financial companies. He has worked at financial firms such as AIG, Prudential Securities, Capital One Financial, and service provider firms such as Network Analysis Corporation, Bell Telephone Laboratories, ITT, Bell Communications Research (now Telcordia), AT&T, Leading Edge Networks Inc., and SES Engineering, where he is Director of Terrestrial Systems Engineering (SES is the largest satellite services company in the world). At SES, in addition to other duties, Mr. Minoli has been responsible for the development and deployment of IPTV systems, terrestrial and mobile IP-based networking services, and IPv6 services over satellite links. He also played a founding role in the launching of two companies through the high-tech incubator Leading Edge Networks Inc., which he ran in the ear