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9IPT: Intro to Multimedia

posted Nov 29, 2012, 2:23 PM by Eddie Woo
Before we get started, a few things to get out of the way... 
  • Videos from Tuesday's lesson: Database Normalisation and Hypermedia Systems (which is a little blurry, sorry). 
  • Yesterday I read this article, "Microsoft: Don't get 'Scroogled' By Google Search Results". We are finished with databases as a topic but this is so timely and relevant that I think you all should really read it. It exemplifies the kinds of article that you ought to be writing (though admittedly, in a much longer form) - engaging, insightful, well-written and deeply related to the course. Go have a look during today's double period.
Okay, with that out of the way... now onto our new topic, multimedia!
  1. What is the basic definition of a medium? Therefore, define the term multimedia.
  2. What are the 5 basic kinds of media?
  3. For each of the media types:
    • List out its peculiar features and strengths.
    • Describe some of its limitations and drawbacks.
    • What particular purpose is it suited to, and why?
  4. Watch this video about cel animation. Explain how the illusion of movement was created in the pre-computer age, and contrast it with the methods used today in animated feature films.
  5. Identify the main processes whose hardware has progressed most due to multimedia. 
  6. For each of these processes, outline the following: 
    • Specific ways that the hardware has advanced 
    • Actual reasons that have necessitated these hardware advances
    • Concrete example of a contemporary standard (along with their associated price, if appropriate)
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