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What is Multi-media?

Module by: Christopher Chikalimba-Gama. E-mail the author

Summary: This module gives a brief overview and detailed description of what Multimedia is. Also explains what role it plays in broadband network.

Multimedia is the use of several different media to convey information (text, audio, graphics, animation, video, and interactivity). Multimedia also refers to computer data storage devices, especially those used to store multimedia content.

Presenting information in various formats is nothing new, but multimedia generally implies presenting information in various digital formats. Multimedia finds its application in various areas including, but not limited to, art, education, entertainment, engineering, medicine, mathematics,business, and scientific research.

In education, multimedia is used to produce computer-based training courses (popularly called CBTs) and reference books like encyclopaedia and almanacs. A CBT lets the user go through a series of presentations, text about a particular topic, and associated illustrations in various information formats.

The Multimedia Messaging System, or MMS, is an application that allows one to send and receive messages containing Multimedia - related content. MMS is a common feature of most cell phones.

An electronic multimedia encyclopedia can present information in better ways than traditional encyclopaedia, so the user has more fun and learns more quickly. For instance, an article on World War II can include hyperlinks to articles on countries involved in the war. When users click on a hyperlink, they are redirected to a detailed article about that country. In addition, it can include a video on the Pacific Campaign. It can also present maps pertinent to World War II.

It is then to the effect of all that has been explained about multimedia that future Telecommunication should put multimedia into consideration because it requires transmision of large volumes of data from one end to the other, hence the requisite of broadband networking


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