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WHAT IS MULTIMEDIA?
A "media" is something, which can be used for presentation of information. There
are two basic ways to present some information:
Unimedia presentation. In this case a single media is used to present
information. For example, stereo system is a unimedia device because it presents
information by using only sound media. Similarly, a book having only text (no
diagrams) is also a unimedia device because it presen information by using only
2. Multimedia presentation. In this case more than one media is used to present
information. F example, a TV system is a multimedia device because it presents
information by using sound and video media. Similarly, a book having both text
and diagrams is also a multimedia device because it presents information by using
text, graphics and images.
Obviously, multimedia presentation of any information greatly enhances the
comprehension capability of the user of the information because it involves the use
of more of our senses. For example, students in a class can understand a lecture
better if the lecturer draws illustrative diagrams on the board while delivering
his/her lecture (multimedia presentation) instead of using only voice explanation
(unimedia presentation). In case of computer systems, the commonly used media for the purpose of storage,
access and transmission of information are:
1. Text (alphanumeric characters)
2. Graphics (line drawings and images)
3. Animation (moving images)
4. Audio (sound)
5. Video (Videographed real-life events)
Hence, in the computer world, multimedia refers to the use of more than one of the
above listed media for information presentation to the computer users - such as
text and sound.
WHAT IS A MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER SYSTEM?
A multimedia computer system is a computer system that has the capability to
integrate two or more types of media (text, graphics, image, audio, and video) for
the purpose of generati...
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