Features of Multimedia
Multimedia consists of two words. One is "multi", and another is "media". Multi means more than one, and media means medium.
So, we can say that Multimedia is a type of technology by which data can be transmitted from one place to another place in different means.
What is Multimedia?
Multimedia is known as the medium of communication by which a single presentation is created by combining different forms of data, such as images, videos, and animations. Here audio, video, text and graphics are known as the object of Multimedia.
Let's understand this by taking an example.
Let’s create a presentation. This presentation is known as a multimedia presentation.
We can add objects like text, pictures, and video animations to the presentation by software. This software is known as multimedia software. Now, Multimedia is becoming a general term that anyone uses.
Features of Multimedia Elements
A Multimedia system has so many characteristics or features. These features are as follows:
1. Very High Processing Power
There is a need for the high processor to deal with the large amount of data that is used in Multimedia.
2. File System
There is a need for an efficient file system that can able to run the media continuously. To run these media files, we need very high-disk bandwidth rates. Usually, the disks have a high latency rate and lower transfer speed. So to overcome this, the file system has a disk scheduler that can speed up the data transfer rate of the disk.
3. File formats that support Multimedia
There are so many file formats that are supported by multimedia. These file extensions are - JPEG, MPEG, AVI, MID, WAV, DOC, GIF, and PNG. A file format known as AVI contains both audio and video files. It allows the play of audio and video simultaneously. But there is a restriction on the conversion of one format to another format.
4. Input or Output
There is a need for an input and output system in Multimedia, and that input or output system should be very fast in nature. The information or output should be efficient to play both the playback and recording simultaneously.
5. Operating system
There is a need for a high-speed operating system that responds very fast.
6. Storage and memory
A Multimedia system needs a large amount of storage space in which all the audio, video, animation and text should be saved. Depending on the compression scheme and reliability video and audio require large amount of memory.
7. Network support
Multimedia supports network systems like Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), internet, intranet, mobile telephony, and so on. These multimedia networking applications are referred as continuous-media applications and require high communication latency. Communication Latency is the time it takes for a data packet to be received by the remote computer.
8. Software tools
There is a need for various software tools that are used to prepare a multimedia presentation. The tools like multimedia editing software, programming language and graphics software have a prominent role in the preparation of the multimedia presentation. And also, the drivers of the above packages are required to interact with the peripheral of these multimedia systems.
Elements of Multimedia
There are different types of elements that are used in Multimedia. These elements are as follows.
Text is the primary method of transmitting information in Multimedia. Now, the element that is used in multimedia in a large quantity is text.
2. Audio files
These are the collection of sounds that are used in multimedia presentations. It is used in the musical background of any picture, animation or text.
3. Video presentation
To make a multimedia presentation attractive and exciting, we should use video files. We can also add any text to any video file.
4. Images and photographs
Images and photographs are the oldest forms of multimedia presentation. Icons or small photographs and pictures are currently being used with text and other media to create interesting and powerful visual elements.
5. Animations and GIF
These are very important and popular in the multimedia presentation. It takes the place of images and photos.