20 credits at level HE7
Since the first crop of “multimedia” CD-ROMs in the early 90’s Multimedia has grown from the step beyond the basic slide show into a respected form of information transfer. Digital Interactive Multimedia has developed from the basic application of using a computer for the control of a projector/video player to a complex and widely established medium for the presentation of ideas. This module covers the technology behind Multimedia creation and assumes no more than a casual prior acquaintance with the topic as an end user.
Who can benefit?
Students who wish to understand the means and mechanisms for creation of Multimedia.
To develop students’ understanding of the nature of the components constituting multimedia and their creation
To develop students’ understanding of the inter-relationships between the components constituting multimedia and their manipulation and management in multimedia systems
To address multimedia project design issues, development organisation, and the question of choice of delivery mechanism.
To provide students with a framework of understanding of the activities involved in planning of multimedia systems and multimedia project specification.
Representation in computers of the various forms of digital media.
Human perception, reproduction by computers of colour, sound and
Digital media storage formats.
Compression techniques for digital media files.
Importing Media into the Authoring package
Using Media in the Authoring package
Adding interactivity in the Authoring package
Multimedia titles: quality, structure, interface, content.
Multimedia authoring software: types, metaphors, methodology, resource usage, usability, effectiveness, costs, benefits and drawbacks.
Product development strategies: developer needs, user needs, and future trends.
Production specification documents: storyboards, style sheets, flowcharts, digital media specifications and descriptions.
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM technology
The module will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials/seminars, practical work, and directed reading. The students will be expected to develop the media items for the multimedia project that uses them as the module proceeds. Technological aspects will be covered in outline during the lectures and tutorials/seminars and the students will be expected to supply background research and analysis. Assessment will be a practical case study with a report on related aspects, and an examimation based on advanced concepts.
The assignment will ask the students to research the requirments for an application of multimedia. The students will be expected to create the specification of an application of multimedia and implement a part of their specification. This activity will explicitly develop the student's research and study skills.
Formal Lectures 10 hours
Tutorials/seminars 10 hours
Supervised Practicals 10 hours
Unsupervised Practicals 30 hours
Coursework 30 hours
Directed Reading 30 hours
Examination Preparation 30 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Critically assess the use and the limitations of the various constituent media in the context of multimedia in relation to various delivery systems.||Research the use and the limitations of the various constituent multimedia media relative to their use with current delivery systems. Present the findings in writing together with a critical assessment of the limitations imposed on multimedia applications by their delivery on CD-ROM, DVD-ROM.|
|2.||Demonstrate an understanding of the needs and requirements for construction of effective interactive multimedia.||Give an overview of the software needed for construction of effective interactive multimedia. Describe the strengths and weakness of alternative software. Relate the characteristics of the software selected to the specific multimedia requirement.|
|3.||Analyse what makes a particular multimedia authoring package appropriate with respect to an intended usage.||Investigate the strengths and weaknesses of particular authoring packages. Discuss the underlying metaphors used by a range of multimedia authoring software and relate the appropriate metaphor to the intended usage.|
|4.||Create a specification for a multimedia application.||
Specify particular instances of the each type of digital media as required for a particular application.
Specify the on-screen layout and appearance of the digital media items, the temporal relationships of the digital media items and the interactivity required for a particular application.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Digital Multimedia Nigel and Jenny Chapman Wiley 2003
Digital Media Tools Nigel and Jenny Chapman Wiley 2001
The Digital Designer Heller & Drennan, Watson-Guptill 1997
Designing Interactive Digital Media Nicolas V. Iuppa Focal Press 1998
Designing Multimedia Lopuck, L. Peachpit Press 1998
Multimedia and Communications Technology Steve Heath Focal Press 1996
Multimedia and Hypertext Jakob Nielsen AP Professional 1995
Director in a Nutshell Epstein, B O’Reilly 1999
MM Making It Work, 5th Ed. Tay Vaughan Osborne 2001
A Standard Default Colour Space for the Internet - sRGB http://www.w3.org/Graphics/Color/sRGB
Adobe Photoshop: Adobe’s Site http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/photoshop/main.html
Macmillan’s Ultimate Photoshop Resource http://www.mcp.com/resources/design/frame_ultphoto.html
Adobe Premiere: Adobe’s Site http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/premiere/main.html
JPEG Compression Official Site http://www.jpeg.org
Macromedia Director: Macromedia’s Site http://www.macromedia.com/director
Macromedia Flash: Macromedia’s Site http://www.macromedia.com/flash
MacromediaShockwave: Macromedia’s Site http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave
Microsoft Windows Media Pages http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.asp
MPEG Official MPEG Site http://drogo.cselt.stet.it/mpeg/
The Bandwidth Conservation Society http://www.bcs.org
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
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