Recently, MediaSync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization edited by DIS members Pablo Cesar and Jack Jansen has been published by Springer. The book is “a unique reference and perfect companion book about the fascinating media synchronization (mediasync) research area. It provides a comprehensive overview of the mediasync research area from complementary perspectives, such as theoretical foundations, available technologies, use cases, standardization efforts and experimental studies.”
Cesar: “I thought that it was the right time, and the right publisher, to edit such a book. A scholar or practitioner interested in media synchronization needed to find their way from a set of scattered works. Given the number of disciplines considering this research area (from human factors to networking and from multimedia systems to document engineering), not all the works were consistent in terms of concepts, definitions and assumptions. I believed an approachable overview was needed, covering the broad media synchronization area from different angles and perspectives.”
This book provides an approachable overview of the most recent advances in the fascinating field of media synchronization (mediasync), gathering contributions from the most representative and influential experts. Understanding the challenges of this field in the current multi-sensory, multi-device, and multi-protocol world is not an easy task. The book revisits the foundations of mediasync, including theoretical frameworks and models, highlights ongoing research efforts, like hybrid broadband broadcast (HBB) delivery and users’ perception modeling (i.e., Quality of Experience or QoE), and paves the way for the future (e.g., towards the deployment of multi-sensory and ultra-realistic experiences).
Mediasync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization is the perfect companion for scholars and practitioners that want to acquire strong knowledge about this research area, and also approach the challenges behind ensuring the best mediated experiences, by providing the adequate synchronization between the media elements that constitute these experiences.
MediaSync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization, Editors: Montagud, M., Cesar, P., Boronat, F., Jansen, J. (Eds.), Springer, 2018
Pablo Cesar is group leader of the Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at CWI.