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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Definition of Multimedia?

Whether you realize it or not, you use or insert multimedia on your webpage or blog. Multimedia consist of text, graphic, audio, video or animation. Multimedia is easily defined if it is written multi-media. Multi means many and media comes from the plural medium.

So, basically multimedia is a combination of many medias. Multimedia is used as communication to make a better understanding of the message delivered. It is created using computer using applications and hardwares. In this era, it is cheaper to create multimedia compared to the 80s and 90s where computer hardwares are very expensive. Now, every computer have multimedia applications.

Text - Text is words. It can be written or printed. What you read here is text and it is a part of multimedia. A short messaging service is also text. Text can be changed by using fonts and font size. Fonts and font size are used to decorate text.

Types of font and size

Graphic - Graphics are pictures, charts, comics, illustrations, drawings and so on. It is usually related to the written presentation to make a clear understanding. Graphic acts as an aid to text. Example of graphic can be  seen in lectures where the speaker uses pictorial images in class. 

Powerpoint Presentation

Audio - Audio are sounds. Everything that is heard is audio. In computers, audio comes with many formats such as mp3, wma, wav and so on. Audio can be music, speech, conversation and many other. It is quite rare to see any audio format in websites except the websites are about music or movies.

Video - Video are moving images or graphics. Videos are recorded, copied and broadcasted electronically and they can be found in wmv, mov, 3gp, mpeg and so many other formats in computers. In doing tutorials online, video is a great media to use when demonstrating.

Illustration - Illustration are related to graphic. It is used to explain or clarify something for example feelings. Illustrator sometimes use their illustration to say something to the viewer. Illustrations are usually drawn whether by hand or computer.

Illustration of the planets in the solar system
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