Introduction To Multimedia Systems / Edition 1

Introduction To Multimedia Systems / Edition 1

by Sugata Mitra, Shikha Mehta, Shikha Mehta
     
 

The first decade of the new milennium can easily be labeled the "age of multimedia." Advances in computer hardware and software, coupled with advances in communication systems and devices from the Internet to wireless personal assistants, are becoming part of the everyday lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Central to these rapid advances is the use

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The first decade of the new milennium can easily be labeled the "age of multimedia." Advances in computer hardware and software, coupled with advances in communication systems and devices from the Internet to wireless personal assistants, are becoming part of the everyday lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Central to these rapid advances is the use of "multiple media," more specifically digital interactive multimedia, such as sound, computer graphics, animation, text, and video, as tools for communication.

Multimedia are first and foremost a means of communication between humans. In the past 15 years the development of user-friendly software has been aimed specifically at eliminating the need for computer users to know how to write computer code and programs. However, it is clear that a fundamental understanding of how a computer functions is a great advantage in maximizing its potential as a tool. This is also true for multimedia communications. 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.

Introduction to Multimedia Systems has been developed to be the first place to turn, as an introductory textbook or as a professional reference, for anyone diving into multimedia preparation. A full survey of multimedia capabilities is covered in this book.

Website Feature: Learning by doing! The editors have developed this book in combination with a wide array of sample software and Web links for the reader to learn how to build by example. Each part of the book has a direct link to a publicly accessibly Web site that maintains these available software tools. The Web links 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. The Web site can be accessed at http://www.academicpress.com/multimedia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780125004527
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Communications, Networking and Multimedia Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude to Multimedia
1. Overview of Multimedia Systems
Prelude to Audio
2. The Nature of Sound
3. Introduction to Digital Audio
4. Audio Editing
5. Music and Speech
An Interlude: Free for All
6. Audio: From CD to the Web
7. The WAV File Format
Prelude to Graphics
8. The Paint Shop Pro Interface
9. Colors
An Interlude: The Properties of Light
10. File Formats and Web Graphics
11. Layers and Filters
An Interlude: Vision
12. Process of Animation
13. Video
An Interlude: The Term Dimension
14. 3-D Graphics
15. Text in Multimedia and the Internet
An Interlude: Meaning in Binary Strings
16. Art and Design
17. Cognitive User Interfaces
An Interlude: Development of Cognitive Systems
18. Authoring Multimedia in Visual Basic
Index

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