M U L T I M E D I A

 

DEFINITION

         The term multimedia describes a number of diverse technologies that allow visual and audio media to be combined in new ways for the purpose of communication.

         Multimedia involves any combination two or more of the following elements: text, image, sound, speech, video, Internet and computer programming.

         Any combination of text, graphic art, digital stills, sound, animation and video.

         Systems that support the interactive use of text, audio, still images, video, and graphics.

         Human-computer interaction involving text, graphics, audio and video.

         The combination and integration of more than one media format into a presentation or program.

         Writing and filmmaking encompassing more than one medium at a time.

         Applications and technologies that manipulate text, data, images, voice and full motion video objects.

         Communication that uses any combination of different media; it may or may not involve computers.

         Multimedia may include text, spoken audio, music, images, animation, and video.

         Containing information in more than one medium, including text, graphics, video, and sound.

         The combination of various tools to communicate information and teach.

 

PURPOSE

         The term multimedia describes a number of diverse technologies that allow visual and audio media to be combined in new ways for the purpose of communication.

         The combination of various tools to communicate information and teach.

         The use of various forms of media to teach, display or give information.

         Multimedia can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from creating presentations, training, education, creating digital publications, simulations and kiosks.

         Multimedia can be either non-interactive or interactive.

         Enhances communication and understanding.

 

DELIVERY

         The large amounts of data required for computer multimedia files makes CD-ROMs a good option for storage.

         There are other ways of receiving multimedia communications, such as the Web.

         Multimedia programs are often interactive and include games, sales presentations, encyclopedias, and more.

         Multimedia can be accessed via videotape, hard-disk, CD-ROM or over a distributed network such as the World Wide Web.

         Applications are available that combine text, graphics, video and sound into an integrated package.