About the Book

HDMI® has frequently been described as a “plug and play” system.  So why do professional integrators get down on their knees to “plug and pray” instead?  The underlying technology within the HDMI system is impressive, but when there’s a problem the system’s complexity can make troubleshooting a daunting task.  How do you know where to begin?  The answer starts with education.

HDMI® Uncensored – Inside HDMI is the first of a series of books designed to take the reader on a journey of HDMI discovery and education.  The journey begins with the basics, taking a look Inside HDMI to understand the different components, what makes them tick and identify some of the problem areas.  Future books will cover the more practical application of HDMI in real world installations (especially over long distances) as well as a guide to system troubleshooting.

Written in an easy to understand, conversational style supported by numerous full color diagrams, Jeff and Derek convey their knowledge and experience while ensuring you enjoy the journey.  Embrace HDMI through education.  Begin by taking a look under the hood with HDMI® Uncensored – Inside HDMI.


Chapter Headings

  • HDMI Uncensored: Foreword
  • Chapter 1:  Why the Hell Can’t we Just Stick with Analog?
  • Chapter 2:  So, How Does This Damn Thing Work?
  • Chapter 3:  Taking a Byte out of Digital Video and Audio
      • Optional Reading: A Closer Look at TMDS and LVDS
      • Optional Reading: DC Balancing
      • Optional Reading: TMDS and LVDS Comparison
      • Optional Reading: TMDS Timing
      • Optional Reading: Crosstalk
  • Chapter 4:  Our Old Friend the HDMI Cable – Are They all Created Equal?
  • Chapter 5:  EDID, E-EDID, and InfoFrames, Oh, My
      • Optional Reading: The Auxiliary Video Information (AVI) InfoFrames
      • Optional Reading: EIA/CEA-861
  • Chapter 6:  Locking Onto HDCP
  • Chapter 7:  CEC and Who is in Control?
      • Optional Reading: CEC Physical Address Discovery
      • Optional Reading: CEC Protocol Extensions
  • Chapter 8:  What the Heck is all of this HEAC About Anyhow?
  • Chapter 9:  Let’s Look at a Little Bit of 3D
      • Optional Reading: 3D Video Timing
  • Chapter 10:  The Leftovers: 2K, 4K, and Color Spaces
      • Optional Reading: Calculating the Bandwidth Requirements
  • Chapter 11:  It’s a Wrap – With More to Come…