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chap20 - All-In-One CompTIA Network All-in-One Exam Guide...

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CHAPTER 889 Multimedia In this chapter, you will learn how to • Describe how to implement sound in a PC • Install and configure video capture hardware and software • Set up a PC to view television signals The PC long ago went well beyond a simple device used to create office documents and crunch numbers efficiently. With modern PCs, you can experience content on many levels, from realistic video to scintillating three-dimensional sound. Plus, you can add the hardware and software to turn the computer into a multimedia creation machine, making movies and more. This chapter looks at the many aspects of multimedia available in a modern PC. First, the chapter discusses how sound works in a PC, both to record and play it back. Second, you’ll dive into video capture concepts, hardware, and software. Finally, the chapter rolls through the essentials of setting up the computer to bridge the gap into the entertainment world fully by installing and configuring TV tuner hardware and software. Rolling…and…action! Sound Racing down the virtual track, pixels flying across the screen, hearing the engine roar as you take another turn and press down the accelerator—or surfing the Web for lovely scenic nature photos with the sweet, mellifluous music of Mozart filling the room— sound has become an integral component of the computing experience. Setting up and optimizing sound for the PC has become an integral skill for all computer techs. Correctly setting up sound for a PC requires that you know about quite a few things, because the sound process has many components. You need a properly installed sound card with the correct drivers loaded, reasonably high-quality speakers, support software such as the API for a particular game correctly configured in Windows, and a properly set up application that can use the features of the sound card. And every great tech needs to know troubleshooting to handle both routine and uncommon problems with sound. 20
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CompTIA A+Certification All-in-One Exam Guide 890 Historical/Conceptual How Sound Works in a PC Like the ripples that roll across a pond when you drop a rock in the center, sound flows from a source in invisible but measurable waves that cause the membranes in your ears to vibrate and create sound. The sophistication of the human ear enables most people to differentiate the melodious from the raucous, the loud from the soft. Computers aren’t nearly as sophisticated as the human ear and brain, so clear standards are a must for converting music into a format that a PC can use to record and play sound. Com- puter folks use the terms capture and output instead of record and play. Sound-Capture Basics Virtually every PC today comes with four critical components for capturing and out- putting sound: a sound card, speakers, microphone, and recording/playback software.
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