Course detail

Multimedial Data Processing

FEKT-MPA-MUMAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course focuses in detail on the description of modern compression algorithms and methods used in image and video processing, description of security of multimedia content by means of watermarking techniques, description of principles of multimedia data transmission in IP networks, and description of the principles of indexing and retrieval in large multimedia databases.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge on the Bachelor degree level and basic knowledge of image/video compression are required. Basic JAVA programming language knowledge is required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Evaluation of study results follows the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and the Dean's Regulation complementing the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Up to 20 points are given for programming during semester. Up to 20 points are given for work on projects. Up to 60 points are awarded for the final examination.
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


The aim of the course is to give students enough information to orient themselves in the field of image and video processing, security, transmission of multimedia data in IP networks, indexing and retrieval of multimedia data in multimedia databases.
Students who will complete this course will be able to:
- describe and explain the basic parameters of digital image and video,
- describe and explain the procedure for measuring the quality of digital image and video,
- explain the transformations used to image/video compression,
- explain the entropic coding used to image/video compression,
- explain the principles of motion estimation and compensation used in video compression standards,
- describe and implement individual parts of JPEG and MPEG compression,
- describe current compression formats, define their advantages and disadvantages,
- to orientate in the environment of the transmission of multimedia data over the Internet,
- Explain the principles of multimedial content security,
- describe the principles of multimedia databases.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

SALOMON, D. Data compression. New York: Springer, c2004. ISBN 0-387-40697-2. (EN)
BING, Benny. Next-generation video coding and streaming. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, 2015. ISBN 978-1-118-89130-8. (EN)
SALOMON, David, Giovanni MOTTA a David BRYANT, Handbook of data compression. 5th ed. ISBN 978-1848829022 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAD-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. General information, basic concepts related to image data distribution and compression
2. Multimedia data quality measurement, differential coding and quantization
3. Transform coding (DCT, DWT, DWHT)
4. Entropic coding (Huffman, arithmetic, dictionary)
5. Standards for compression of static images JPEG, PNG, HEIC
6. Entropic encoding (SPIHT, EZW - suitable for use with DWT)
7. Watermarking of still images
8. Motion estimation and compensation in video compression
9. Video compression standards AVC, HEVC, AV1, VVC
10.Streaming techniques, protection of streamed data  

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1st half of the semester
Assignments demonstrating the steps of image compression according to JPEG compression
2nd half of the semester
Individual applications