Book Review: Jeff Boccaccio’s HDMI Uncensored

HDMI expert and CE Pro columnist Jeff Boccaccio writes a book HDMI Uncensored aimed at enabling integrators to better understand and handle just about any HDMI challenge faced in the field.

Book Review: Jeff Boccaccio’s HDMI Uncensored
Jason Knott · August 1, 2012

Ever since the introduction of HDMI, there have been plenty of integrators wanting to swear about the technology. “F#*% HDMI” might have been overheard on a few jobsites.

Maybe that’s why noted HDMI expert and CE Pro’s HDMI Corner columnist Jeff Boccaccio has named his new book “HDMI Uncensored” is a no-holds-barred dive into the technology that is broken into three main sections:

  • Inside HDMI
  • Extending the HDMI Platform
  • Troubleshooting HDMI
Here’s a quick rundown of the chapters for just the first section:
  • Chapter 1: “Why the Hell Can’t we Just Stick with Analog?”
  • Chapter 2: “So, How Does This Damn Thing Work?” - Includes the Start Engine Process
  • Chapter 3: “Taking a Byte out of Digital Video and Audio” - Includes TMDS Functionality
  • Chapter 4: “Our Friend, the HDMI Cable - Are All Cables Created Equal” ( The real facts)
  • Chapter 5: “EDID It” - How and why?
  • Chapter 6: “HDCP”
  • Chapter 7: “Another One Bytes the Dust - CEC and Who is in Control?”
  • Chapter 8: “What the Heck is all of this HEAC About Anyhow?” - Critical attributes
  • Chapter 9: “Let’s Look at a Little Bit of 3D” - A look at ALL the formats
  • Chapter 10: “The Leftovers (2K, 4K, and Color Spaces, Oh My!)” - Stop the Revision Confusion
  • Chapter 11: “It’s a Wrap - With More to Come…”

For the book, Boccaccio is working with veteran integrator Derek R. Flickinger from Interactive Homes, Inc. based in Drexel Hill, Pa. Flickinger is contributing not only his intense skills with home integration and HDMI, but also his vast knowledge on the system and functions of the interface.

“We did not leave any stone unturned. We drill down into every aspect of the interface in an easy to read style that just about anyone can understand,” says Boccaccio. “After you read your copy, you will understand and be able to handle just about any discussion or challenge you may encounter when working in the field.

“Throughout the entire series, we pay special attention to targeting quite a large demographic from engineers, to integrators, and all the way out to consumers while still providing a tremendous understanding of the interface for all levels,” he notes.

The book is written in a plain easy-to-read manner, even though the subject matter is sometimes complex.

HDMI Uncensored is available in paperback, hard cover, and as an eBook. You can purchase the book via the CE Pro Store for a special discounted rate of $34.99. Pre-orders are now being taken and books will ship in early September.

  About the Author

Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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