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Introduction to Multimedia Systems

Introduction to Multimedia Systems is designed to be a general introduction to the broad field of multimedia... more specifically digital interactive multimedia. The editors have included topics such as the principles of "multiple" and "media," including sound, two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics, animation, and text. All of these elements are stitched together by the programmer, or multimedia designer, based on the conceptualization of the designer.In order to take full advantage of the potential for a wide array of multimedia applications it is important to have a broad understanding of the principles of various media. The person preparing a multimedia "package," which may include such media as sound, computer graphics, and software, will most likely have a strong background in only one or perhaps none of the media to be used. Introduction to Multimedia Systems has been developed to be the first place to turn, both as an introductory textbook or as a professional reference for anyone diving into multimedia preparation. Multimedia is first and foremost a medium of communication. In order to take advantage of the nearly unlimited potential provided by digital environments a full survey of multimedia capabilities is covered in this book.Website Feature: Learning by doing! The editors currently use the book in combination with a wide array of sample software and weblinks for students to learn how to build by example. Each part of the book will have a direct link to a publicly accessible website that will maintain these available software tools. The weblinks will be updated as software versions advance, and most of the software involves demo or scaled down versions of commercially available multimedia design software/editing tools.

Audience
Computer science and information technology professionals and students in colleges, universities, vocational technical schools, and high schools.

Hardbound, 207 Pages

Published: October 2001

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-500452-7

Contents

  • Prelude to Multimedia1. Overview of Multimedia SystemsPrelude to Audio2. The Nature of Sound3. Introduction to Digital Audio4. Audio Editing5. Music and SpeechAn Interlude: Free for All6. Audio: From CD to the Web7. The WAV File FormatPrelude to Graphics8. The Paint Shop Pro Interface9. ColorsAn Interlude: The Properties of Light10. File Formats and Web Graphics11. Layers and FiltersAn Interlude: Vision12. Process of Animation13. VideoAn Interlude: The Term Dimension14. 3-D Graphics15. Text in Multimedia and the InternetAn Interlude: Meaning in Binary Strings16. Art and Design17. Cognitive User InterfacesAn Interlude: Development of Cognitive Systems18. Authoring Multimedia in Visual BasicIndex

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