1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781439840665
Published November 17, 2010 by CRC Press
340 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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)
[email protected] Consortium
3D Media Cluster
3DTV 210
Challenges and Players in the 3DTV Universe



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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 early 2000s: Global Wireless Services, a provider of secure broadband hotspot mobile Internet and hotspot VoIP services; and, InfoPort Communications Group, an optical and Gigabit Ethernet metropolitan carrier supporting Data Center/SAN/channel extension and Grid Computing network access services. For several years he has been Session-, Tutorial-, and now overall Technical Program Chair for the IEEE ENTNET (Enterprise Networking) conference; ENTNET focuses on enterprise networking requirements for large financial firms and other corporate institutions.

Mr. Minoli has also written columns for ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, and Network Computing (1985-2006). He has taught at New York University (Information Technology Institute), Rutgers University, and Stevens Institute of Technology (1984-2006). Also, he was a Technology Analyst At-Large, for Gartner/DataPro (1985-2001); based on extensive hand-on work at financial firms and carriers, he tracked technologies and wrote CTO/CIO-level technical scans in the area of telephony and data systems, including topics on security, disaster recovery, network management, LANs, WANs (ATM and MPLS), wireless (LAN and public hotspot), VoIP, network design/economics, carrier networks (such as metro Ethernet and CWDM/DWDM), and e-commerce. Over the years he has advised Venture Capitals for investments of $150M in a dozen high-tech companies. He has acted as Expert Witness in a (won) $11B lawsuit regarding a VoIP-based wireless Air-to-Ground communication system, and has been involved as a technical expert in a number of patent infringement proceedings.