John McGowan's AVI Overview: Information Sources

Sources of Information on AVI and Related Topics:

TECHNICAL How to Digitize Video by Nels Johnson with Fred Gault and Mark Florence John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1994 ISBN 0-471-01440-0 Article "Digital Video File Formats" by Mark Florence Dr. Dobbs Sourcebook of Multimedia Programming, Winter 1994 Microsoft Software Development Kits (SDK) and Device Driver Kits (DDK) Microsoft's SDK's and DDK's are included with various products such as Visual C/C++ and in a subscription to the Microsoft Developer Network. The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is a service where Microsoft sends CD-ROM's with Microsoft Operating Systems, Software Development Kits, Device Driver Kits, and miscellaneous other Microsoft products to the developer. A subscription is usually for one year and usually includes several full releases of sets of CD's. The Microsoft Developer Network CD's usually include Beta releases of various API's and new products that Microsoft is developing. See the Microsoft Web site for more information on the Microsoft Developer Network. Windows 3.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) Win32 Software Development Kit (SDK) Video for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) Windows 3.1 Device Driver Kit (DDK) Windows NT Device Driver Kit (DDK) specifically, Windows Multimedia Programmer's Guide - includes overview of RIFF Video for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) Programmer's Guide - includes overview of AVI RIFF Specification is available on World Wide Web at (11/7/96): DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK) - DirectX 3 SDK Contents - ActiveMovie 1.0 SDK Contents included with Visual C++ 5.0 Professional Edition and other Microsoft products. Practical Digital Video with Programming Examples in C Phillip E. Mattison John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York, (c) 1994 ISBN: 0-471-31016-6 A Technical Introduction to Digital Video Charles A. Poynton John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York, (c) 1996 ISBN: 0-471-12253-X Multimedia Developer's Guide Paul Perry SAMS Publishing: A Division of Macmillan Computer Publishing Indianapolis, IN 1994 ISBN: 0-672-30160-1 Library of Congress Catalog Number: 93-86963 Information on Windows Multimedia using MCI, AVI, and Video for Windows. Dumps of Windows SDK references. Video Demystified: A Handbook for the Digital Engineer by Keith Jack HighText Publications Solana Beach, CA 1ed (C) 1993 by Brooktree Corporation ISBN: 1-878707 Library of Congress Catalog No.: 93-14705 A popular highly technical book on analog and digital video technology. Not much on AVI, Video for Windows, or PC Video but plenty of details on NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and other video topics. Now in a 2nd edition with new information on MPEG and H.26x Publishing Digital Video, 2nd. Edition by Jan Ozer Academic Press, 1997 Price: $34.95 Covers video capture on PC/Windows, video editing, windows video compression, and MPEG-1 compression for digital video and multimedia authors. Includes chapters on streaming audio and streaming video. The Windows NT Device Driver Book A Guide for Programmers by Art Baker (Cydonix Corporation) Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1997 Price: $44.95 An introduction to Windows NT Device Drivers with simple examples and source code. Does not use video display adapter drivers or video capture drivers as examples. Sticks with simple examples. Microsoft provides a number of detailed documents for the Microsoft NetShow product in Microsoft Word format. Microsoft NetShow Content Creation Authoring Guide (CCAG) Microsoft NetShow Tools Guide Microsoft NetShow System Administration Guide See the Microsoft NetShow Web Site: BUSINESS and POP COMPUTING "The 800-Pound Gorilla's New Toy: Microsoft's new video software is coming on strong" Business Week, May 11, 1998, p. 60 - article on NetShow 3.0 "Set-top boxing" by Edward W. Desmond, Fortune, November 10, 1997, p. 91 - Microsoft and WebTV (pretty thin) "Real Revolution" by Robert H. Reid, Wired, October, 1997, p. 122 - All about Progressive Networks (now renamed RealNetworks) and its CEO Rob Glaser, the purveyors of RealAudio streaming audio and RealVideo streaming video. Return to Top

Internet Newsgroups with Information on AVI and Video

Internet or USENET Newsgroups are a good source of current information on AVI and video. Some useful newsgroups are: VIDEO SPECIFIC NEWSGROUPS comp.dcom.videoconf Videoconferencing OTHER USEFUL NEWSGROUPS comp.multimedia Broad coverage of multimedia including video. comp.compression Both technical discussions of compression algorithms and codecs, as well as end user issues such as utilities and configuration issues. alt.binaries.multimedia.utilities Utilities for handling multimedia. Return to Top

Where to Find Information on Audio and Video Standards Other Than AVI

Apple QuickTime

Apple maintains a Web site on its QuickTime multimedia file format and family of products.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) MPEG

The International Organization for Standardization, usually called ISO, produces a family of digital audio, video, and multimedia standards known as MPEG, Motion Pictures Expert Groups. The MPEG standards include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MPEG-7. The official ISO MPEG Web site is: Tristan Savatier's comprehensive MPEG Web site is: Return to Top

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