Digital Multimedia

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9780470858905: Digital Multimedia

Designed as the foundation text in multimedia, this book covers basic principles of each media type - text, graphics, audio, animation and video - describing their digitization and progressing onto issues that arise when media are combined; interaction provided by scripting and multimedia distributed over networks - principally the web.
This edition completely updates content to address the XHTML standard and to add appropriate weight to XML content. There will be a web/Flash emphasis and proper coverage of MPEG4 and DVD in line with current technology trends.
* New edition of a best-selling resource - now in FULL COLOUR throughout
* Covers the basic principles of each media type-- text, graphics, audio, animation, and video
* Updated content addresses the XHTML standard and adds appropriate weight to XML coverage
* Includes a Web/Flash emphasis and thorough coverage of MPEG4 and DVD in line with current technology trends

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Text, images, sound, video and animation can all be represented in digital form. When two or more of these digital media are combined into an integrated whole, with the added element of interactivity provided by computer systems, we have multimedia.

Digital Multimedia is a core text for undergraduate and masters courses in multimedia. It combines a broad and deep account of technology with an inside understanding of multimedia content and its practical applications. Coverage begins with the nature of multimedia, including the cultural and social context, before examining hardware and software requirements for its creation and delivery. There are chapters devoted to each media type, detailing how it is represented in digital form and what demands are placed on computer systems. Later chapters cover design principles and accessibility, XML, SMIL and SVG, creating interaction through scripting and networking media. There are end-of-chapter exercises as well as suggestions for substantial projects and a detailed glossary of terms.

A prologue by Professor Brent MacGregor of Edinburgh College of Art examines the creative challenge presented by these new media.

Visit the booksite at: www.digitalmultimedia.org for examples, product reviews, a collection of multimedia related Web links, and more.

About the Author:

Nigel Chapman is a writer and technical consultant, for MacAvon Media Productions, Highlands, Scotland.

Jenny Chapman is an artist-filmmaker, at the Edinburgh College of Art and MacAvon Media Productions, Highlands, Scotland.

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