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What is Multimedia?

Multimedia is a computer based presentation technique that incorporates text, graphics, sound, animations and video elements. A combination of these elements grabs the viewers attention and retains it. The Multi- sensory inputs address the different learning needs and styles of different users and enhance the entire experience for the user.

Multimedia Applications

Multimedia applications are being used in a variety of different fields. some fields where multimedia is commonly used include entertainment, education, research and business communications. In the field of entertainment, multimedia widely used to add special effect to movies. It is also used to create animated films and cartoon strips. animated films such as Findings, polar express, Ice age, Sindbad, Pandas, Hangman are  popular with both adults and children. High end graphics and animations are frequently used to make computer games thrilling and realistic. such games were very popular and are found in most home and game arcades. A high-end extension of these games is the flight simulator that is used to train pilots. The Multimedia Messaging system or MAMS is an application that allows you to send and receive messages over cell phones. These are popularly being used to send and receive jokes music ringtones pictures and sometimes even videos.

Multimedia also has an enormous impact on education. With the growing popularity of multimedia, sophisticated e learning  packages are used to train and educate people world over. The most common version of such packages are the Computer Based and Web Based Tutorials (CBT\WBT). These are self- paced learning aids that are either available on CD-ROMs or on the Internet. As mentioned, these tutorials are self- paced. So, the learner can learn by himself, at a pace and time that he is comfortable with. Plus there is no instructor; the learner does not have to travel to a location to attend the class. This eliminates the logistical problems of getting together people from different parts of the world. Such training's are also cost effective when the same training has to be imparted over and over again. CBT\WBTs today are used to cover a wide range of topics including orienting new employees joining an organization, training employees on new software applications and systems used in an organization.

Multimedia based training is also being extensively used to train and educate children in schools and colleges. For example, a physics student can use an interactive multimedia presentation to learn the basics of electronics and actually create and test a circuit board. Similarly, multimedia simulations are very effective in explaining difficult concepts and facts. Such media make learning more fun and effective.

The impact of information presented in a multimedia encyclopedia is several times greater than the same information presented in the printed version. For example, a video of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon with a sound recording of his first words has a much greater impact than anything that can be written in a printed book. The use of hyperlinks in such material makes it easier to search for and view related content. Such non - linear access to information definitely speeds-up the learning process and makes it more rewarding.

Multimedia is heavily used in the entertainment industry, especially to develop special effects in movies and animation for cartoon characters. Multimedia games are a popular pastime and these are software programs available either as CD-ROMs or online. Some video games also use multimedia features.

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