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Introduction to
Professor: Jim Habermas
Definition of Multimedia
From etymology
“Multi” = “numerous”
“media” = “medium” = “intermediary”
In information field
Multimedia means “multiple means” by which
information is
stored, transmitted, presented and perceived.
CD-Roms / DVDs / WWW
In the past, the word "multimedia" made many users think of
CD-ROMs and later DVDs, not Web sites. But now true
multimedia has come to the Web with the increased online use
of the rich media and interactivity once reserved for CDs.
The Web is just one way to present multimedia along with
CDs, DVDs, and other platforms.
Programs such as Director and Flash have tremendously
enhanced the ability to use the WWW for multimedia
Digital multimedia
Digital multimedia is the field concerned with the computercontrolled integration of text, graphics, still and moving images,
animation, sounds, and any other medium where every type of
information can be represented, stored, transmitted, and
processed digitally.
Challenges of multimedia system design
Host computing power requirement
Data storage and management requirements.
Cross platforms - different hardware and operating systems.
Human interface - Interactivity - the user can control the
presentation of information being presented.
Application of hypertext concept to multimedia documents
Linking or embedding of multimedia objects
System components (e.g. Word-Wide Web)
makeup language
e.g. HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
directory service
e.g. Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
communication protocols
HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP),
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
OS & Hardware support for multimedia
The viewer's equipment has to be powerful enough to support
the multimedia presentation.
Real-time services required; e.g., to satisfy the continuous
playback requirements of media data such as digitized audio
and video.
Web surfers who still use a modem, the slow download speed
can make the online multimedia experience sometimes
Key Figure in the www
“Tim Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web
Consortium, a Senior Research Scientist and the 3COM
Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of
Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science MIT's CSAIL
where he leads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG),
and Professor of Computer Science at Southampton ECS.”
This presentation was created using Keynote version 1.1.1 (software created by the Apple Computer, Inc.)
Work Cited
Berners-Lee, Tim. "Tim Berners-Lee." 29 Aug. 2008. World Wide
Web Consortium. 2 Sept. 2008 <>.
Multimedia course offered by Prof. Xie. Ken Fritzsche. 1997. 11 August 2004
Work Consulted List
(sources I have read but did not specifically use)
Garrand, Timothy. Writing for Multimedia and the Web.
Second Edition. Boston: Focal
Press, 27 December 2000. 11 August 2004
Professional Web Site
MLA Style Crib Sheet. Dr. Abel Scribe PhD. September 2003. 11 August 2004