You will be able to:
What is multimedia?
Multimedia is made possible today because of the increases in computer speed, bandwidth and storage space. Consider that storing a few seconds of full screen video can take up as much space as thousands of pages of text! Also, the relatively low cost of computers and connecting to the Internet or World Wide Web (WWW) brings multimedia technology into everyone's reach.
What is it used for?
Here are some examples of the uses of multimedia:
Due to recent increases in bandwidth, multimedia applications on the Internet are becoming very popular and wide-spread. Currently there is a shortage of good multimedia content, and the communication technology industry needs professionals that can contribute to the design and production of multimedia.
What Types of Multimedia programs are there?
A Powerpoint presentation can be considered a multimedia presentation, however, to really excite the five senses and make our presentation more effective, we can give the program interactivity. This refers to the amount of control that the user has over the presentation. How the user navigates through a multimedia program determines the amount of interactivity involved. Imagine watching a computer game instead of playing one. Interactive multimedia engages the user and gets them involved with the content.
There are basically three types of interactive
As you can see, the above hypermedia structure would be much more interesting to navigate through than a linear or branched one. You can appreciate the importance of planning ahead, as this type of structure can become quite complex rather quickly.
What are Multimedia Elements?
Most students are already familiar with the elements of multimedia:
What do we need to create it?
We can already easily understand that we require creative skill and technology, but we also need organizational skills and business talent! You may have to hire or manage additional people and make important decisions.
Before we do anything, we need a plan.
"He who fails to plan, plans to fail". Many of the same planning
principles you learned for video production (including the storyboard)
can be applied to multimedia. You can study a good example of the steps
involved in creating a large, full-scale multimedia project by visiting
1151 website at the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI),
Maricopa Community College.
Sometimes the best way to learn about multimedia is to stop talking about it and do it! We do however have to realize that can be much to learn, and that there are proper procedures to follow. We will plan, design and produce a small project to become more familiar with how multimedia works, then return to a more detailed approach later.
The authoring program we have chosen for this introduction to multimedia is Hyperstudio. This program is so intuitive and flexible that it is being used around the world by millions of students from Kindergarten to University level, as well as professional developers.
Before we "jump right-in", we will look at several different examples of multimedia programs, and discuss various design concepts. Your instructor will show you a variety of multimedia programs. Perhaps you have a few favourites that you would like to share with the class.
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