Multimedia (2016-17, 2014-15)

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The course of Multimedia is taught by Prof. F.Stanco. The course is part of the MSc Course in Computer Science of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Catania, Italy.

Within this course, I taught the module “Video media and Motion Estimation” and several single-topic lectures in the A.Ys. 2017\18, 2016\17, and 2014\15.

The official page of this course is hosted in Prof. F.Stanco’s website.


  1. Video module “Video media and Motion Estimation”
    • Part I - Fundamentals of the video media
      • Introduction
      • Aspect Ratio e Resolution
      • Transmission (broadcasting) and recording video formats
      • Interlacing
      • Analog-Digital Conversion
    • Part II - Analog and Digital Restoration
      • Recording artefacts
      • Common Drops
    • Part III - Motion Estimation
      • 3D-2D reference spaces and Projections
      • Movement Vectors and Models
      • Motion Estimation Techniques
      • Block e Feature Matching Algorithms
    • Part IV - Video formats
      • (a) Stabilisation
      • (b) Compression and Coding
      • MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4
      • H.264
  2. Image Formats (BMP, GIF, PNG)
  3. Data Compression Coding (Huffman, Golomb, Arithmetic, LZ77, LZW, RLE, symbol-based, bit-planes)
  4. Decimal-Binary System Conversion
  5. 3D Scanning

Teaching Material

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Last updated on 13 October, 2017. Teaching material is available in English, under request.


Suggested Readings:

  • Wang, Y., Ostermann, J., & Zhang, Y. Q. (2002). Video processing and communications (Vol. 5). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. ISO 690
    • Chapter 5 - Video Modeling
      • Camera Model
      • Two-Dimensional Motion Models
    • Chapter 6 - Two-Dimensional Motion Estimation
    • Chapter 8 - Foundations of Video Coding
    • Chapter 13 - Video Compression Standards