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An Introduction to Digital Multimedia, 2nd Edition

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A Textbook on the Cutting Edge of the Digital Revolution Digital multimedia has created a revolution in communications, commerce, and entertainment. A powerful and accessible tool of creative expression, digital multimedia requires a broad platform of practical skills in the use of specific software and hardware, including operating systems, media editing programs, authoring applications, and software utilities. An Introduction to Digital Multimedia is a comprehensive and approachable text that is both an invaluable resource and an excellent introduction to computing, computer hardware, software, and digital data. The second edition has been revised to reflect the continuing evolution of multimedia technologies with updated discussions of hardware and software including developments in mobile platforms and user interfaces. Full-color plates assist students in understanding key concepts presented throughout the text. Discussions of the multimedia development process and the issues faced by media professionals prepare students for careers in this rapidly-expanding and creative field. This comprehensive and highly accessible text is ideal for introductory courses in two- and four-year institutions, and is also an excellent reference for more advanced students. Key Features include: •Reading objectives, summaries of major concepts, and a listing of key terms for each chapter •Review and discussion questions designed to assess student comprehension of chapter contents •A comprehensive glossary providing concise explanations of main concepts •Graphics and screen captures that provide visual reinforcement for key topics •A timeline summarizing significant events in the evolution of multimedia •Full-color plate illustrations of key concepts •An overview of the positions and responsibilities of multimedia development teams and a discussion of professional issues in multimedia development •Discussion of the historical origins of multimedia, the nature of digital data, and fundamentals of computer hardware and software

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Preface
  5. Contents
  6. Digital Multimedia Timeline
  7. 1 The Multimedia Revolution
    1. 1.1 Multimedia Defined
    2. 1.2 Origins of Multimedia
    3. 1.3 Second-Generation Innovators
    4. 1.4 Legacy of the Multimedia Pioneers
    5. 1.5 Multimedia Today
  8. 2 Digital Data
    1. 2.1 Symbols, Data, and Information
    2. 2.2 Digital Data: Bits, Bytes, and Codes
    3. 2.3 Digital Files
    4. 2.4 Digitization
    5. 2.5 Digital Encoding of Media
    6. 2.6 File Compression
    7. 2.7 Error Detection and Correction
    8. 2.8 Advantages of Digital Data
    9. 2.9 Digital Challenges
    10. 2.10 Summary
  9. 3 Computer Hardware
    1. 3.1 Computer Systems
    2. 3.2 Computer Platforms
    3. 3.3 Computer Hardware Basics
    4. 3.4 Networks
    5. 3.5 Summary
  10. 4 Computer Software
    1. 4.1 Categories of Software
    2. 4.2 Operating Systems
    3. 4.3 Programming Languages
    4. 4.4 Application Software
    5. 4.5 Summary
  11. 5 Text
    1. 5.1 The Text Tradition
    2. 5.2 Computer Text
    3. 5.3 Font Technologies
    4. 5.4 Multimedia Text
    5. 5.5 Adding Text to A Multimedia Application
    6. 5.6 Guidelines for The Use of Text
    7. 5.7 Summary
  12. 6 Graphics
    1. 6.1 Traditional Graphics
    2. 6.2 2-D Computer Graphics
    3. 6.3 Vector-Drawn Graphics
    4. 6.4 Bitmapped and Vector Graphics Compared
    5. 6.5 3-D Computer Graphics
    6. 6.6 Guidelines for The Use of Graphics
    7. 6.7 Summary
  13. 7 Sound
    1. 7.1 The Nature of Sound
    2. 7.2 Traditional Sound Reproduction
    3. 7.3 Digital Sound
    4. 7.4 Sampled and Synthesized Sound Compared
    5. 7.5 Combining Sampled and Synthesized Sound
    6. 7.6 Advantages of Digital Sound
    7. 7.7 Sound and The Internet
    8. 7.8 Guidelines for The Use of Sound
    9. 7.9 Summary
  14. 8 Video
    1. 8.1 Moving Pictures
    2. 8.2 Digital Video
    3. 8.3 Sources of Digital Video
    4. 8.4 Guidelines for Video
    5. 8.5 Summary
  15. 9 Animation
    1. 9.1 The Brave New World of Digital Animation
    2. 9.2 Animation Basics
    3. 9.3 Traditional Animation
    4. 9.4 Cel Animation
    5. 9.5 Digital Animation
    6. 9.6 Animation Tips and Guidelines
    7. 9.7 Summary
  16. 10 Authoring
    1. 10.1 Authoring Applications
    2. 10.2 The Authoring Process
    3. 10.3 Choosing An Authoring Application
    4. 10.4 Summary
  17. 11 Multimedia Development
    1. 11.1 The Development Team
    2. 11.2 Team Members
    3. 11.3 The Development Plan
    4. 11.4 Summary
  18. 12 Professional Issues In Multimedia Development
    1. 12.1 Professions and Professional Responsibility
    2. 12.2 The Copyright Tradition: Rights, Remedies, and Exceptions
    3. 12.3 Copyright in The Age of Digital Media
    4. 12.4 Digital Rights Management
    5. 12.5 Conclusion
  19. Appendices
    1. A. Cd Data Format and Disc Standards
    2. B. The Scanning Process
    3. C. Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice
    4. D. Digital Multimedia and Analog Video
  20. Glossary
  21. Index