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CM0340 SOLUTIONS 1 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION PAPER SOLUTIONS Academic Year: 2005-2006 Examination Period: Spring 2006 Examination Paper Number: CM0340 Examination Paper Title: Multimedia Duration: 2 hours Do not turn this page over until instructed to do so by the Senior Invigilator. Structure of Examination Paper: There are THREE pages. There are FOUR questions in total. There are no appendices. The maximum mark for the examination paper is 81 marks, and the mark obtainable for each part of a question is shown in brackets alongside the question. Full marks can be obtained by correctly answering 3 questions. Students to be provided with: The following items of stationery are to be provided: One answer book. Instructions to Students: Answer THREE questions. The use of translation dictionaries between English or Welsh and a foreign language bearing an appropriate departmental stamp is permitted in this examination.
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CM0340 SOLUTIONS 2 1. (a) Give a definition of a Multimedia System. A Multimedia System is a system capable of processing multimedia data and applications. 2 Marks Bookwork (b) Briefly describe five Multimedia Authoring Paradigms. Any 5 from: Scripting Language -- the Scripting paradigm is the authoring method closest in form to traditional programming. A powerful, object-oriented scripting language is usually the centerpiece of such a system e.g. Lingo. Iconic/Flow Control -- This tends to be the speediest (in development time) authoring style; it is best suited for rapid prototyping and short-development time projects. Style is much like a schematics where icons represent key media objects or collections of objects and also control over the media. Linkage between media indicated by connections that control to flow of the data. Frame -- The Frame paradigm is similar to the Iconic/Flow Control paradigm but distinct groupings of media are via a Frame layout. Card/Scripting --- The Card/Scripting paradigm provides a great deal of power (via the incorporated scripting language) and an index-card style flow structure, similar to a frame Cast/Score/Scripting --- The Cast/Score/Scripting paradigm uses a music score as its primary authoring metaphor; the synchronous elements are shown in various horizontal tracks with simultaneity shown via the vertical columns. Hierarchical Object -- The Hierarchical Object paradigm uses a object metaphor (like OOP) which is visually represented by embedded objects and iconic properties. Although the learning curve is non-trivial, the visual representation of objects can make very complicated constructions possible. Hypermedia Linkage -- The Hypermedia Linkage paradigm is similar to the Frame paradigm in that it shows conceptual links between elements; however, it lacks the Frame paradigm's visual linkage metaphor. Tagging
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