Introduction to Topic: Multimedia Basics

I spent a lot of time on the graphic and animation section of this topic. I enjoyed learning about animations and added to my knowledge of clip arts. I use the Microsoft Office 2007 and it has a good clip art section. I need to learn more about the following terms:
  • linked and embedded
  • sampling and
  • compression (lossless and lossy).

Linked and Embedded information

The following article was obtained from a site that explained how to share information between Microsoft documents specifically discussing linked and embedded. It was found on the helpanswer.com (Knowledge Now) site. Retrieved June 25, 2008, from http://www.helpanswers.com/tutorials/2/page2.html

  • An article on the web helped to explain that the difference between linked objects and embedded objects are where the data are stored and how they are updated. The document was titled Tutor Tips from the Computer Tutor. Retrieved June 25, 2008, from http://www.computer-2tr.com/tips/02/20020304.html
  • In the article it referred to linked objects as: "With a linked object, information is updated only if you modify the source file. Linked data are stored in the source file. The destination file stores only the location of the source file and displays a representation of the linked data. Use linked objects if file size is a consideration." It also referred to embedded objects as: "With an embedded object, information in the destination file does not change if you modify the source file. Embedded objects become part of the destination file and, after being inserted are no longer a part of the source file."

  • The following site explains the difference between linked objects and embedded objects. Easy to read and follow.
  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/76993
  • This site reviews embedded and linked sound files in powerpoint. It also clarifies how to use the Microsoft Powerpoint 2003 version.
  • http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA010348231033.aspx
  • This site helped me when using the Microsoft Office 2007 version. It discusses the link or embed in Powerpoint. It will be useful when I try to use this version of Microsoft.
  • http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA010348231033.aspx
  • The following site is an article that reviews inserting linked and embedded objects. It might be useful to revert to when and if I have link or embed objects. The document is from UHD (UH-Downtown) an IT training and User Development. Retrieved on June 25, 2008, from http://www.uhd.edu/computing/ttlc/training/Training_Materials/InsertingOLEObj_HO.pdf

Compression

Definition of Compression "is the reduction in size of data in order to save space or transmission time. For data transmission, compression can be performed on just the data content or on the entire transmission unit (including header data) depending on a number of factors." This definition was founnd at SearchStorage.com. Retrieved June 25, 2008, from http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid5_gci211828,00.html This is helpful because it helps me to begin to understand what compression is.

The following site is titled "FAQ" about compressions. This is useful because it is one place to quickly go to and find an answer to your question about compression. http://www.faqs.org/faqs/compression-faq/

This site explains how compressions work and I found it useful and wanted to include it on this page so that I can quickly access it when I need assistance. http://www.howstuffworks.com/file-compression.htm

This site compares different compression archives for people who need more information about various programs. This is somewhat useful because I may need to look into this more and purchase a program that can help me compress my files.
http://www.davesite.com/computers/compress.shtml

This site allows you to download a program that you can zip and unzip files.
http://uberdownloads.com/7-zipe.html

This is a good site explaining lossless and lossy compression. It was very helpful explaining the two terms.
http://www.webreference.com/dev/graphics/compress.html


Introduction to Topic: Graphic Images and Animations

This is probably the most useful time spent on all of the sections in this class so far for me. I do use clip art and enjoyed learning more about what is available.

A site that I found interesting about graphic images was: http://www.case.edu/help/introHTML/TCh7.html It is a good starting point.

Another site that is an introduction to graphic images is listed below. I liked this site and learned a little more about this topic from this site.
http://gographicimages.com/

The following site was great. It is a what is site. It reviews images, image file, web image, compression, gif and jpeg.
http://face2interface.com/MYD/Developer_Tips/Web_Images.shtml

Listed below is a site that describes digital images. It was very easy to understand and helped me relate to Pixels.
http://www.scantips.com/basics1b.html

The following site might be useful when trying to add graphics to your web page. I reviewed it quickly and looked at some of the links that helped with terminology that I need more information on.
http://www.w3.org/Graphics/

This site discusses graphic image resoultion. A simple explanation of pixels.
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/pubs/magazines/imageres.htm


Animation


Definition from Wikipedia. "Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement." It was Retrieved June 25, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animation

This site is free and has good animations. I liked it.
http://www.bestanimations.com/

Good site that describes what animation is. Useful and a good source when I have questions.
http://www.infed.org/animate/b-animat.htm

Great site that tells what animation is, types of animations, implementing animations, etc.. Very useful.
http://docs.rinet.ru/JaTricks/ch13.htm

The following site review information about graphic software in depth and will be useful if I need to purchase the software to create graphics.
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/findsoftware/a/intrographicssw.htm

This site allows you to create 20 animation free. I used it for our unit activity. It was easy to use and I would consider purchasing it. The program is Easy Gif Animator and is available at Blumentals Software.
http://www.blumentals.net/


Introduction to Topic: Audio

This is an area that I need to learn more about. I was very frustrated trying to complete the assignment. I would like to know more about the three types of audio: voice, sound effects, and music. I have a little knowledge about the music section. I have downloaded music from the internet to my daughter's Ipod. Each time it is a learning experience. I am going to investigate these types of audio and need to learn more about microphones to determine if it is something that I need to invest in. I haven't in the past used audio very much in my presentations and the audio I use is accessible from the powerpoint program.
The following website provides a free tool to use for editing audio. I have not personally used it because I am unable to record on my laptop at this time but found the site to interesting for future use. http://www.sofotex.com/Dexster-download_L14007.html>
The site listed below is a good reference about audio and mulitmedia and information about the legal requirements. I would need to refer to this when using audio to ensure that I am following the requirements. http://www.jimthatcher.com/webcourse6.htm>
This site is great to learn the terminology for a variety of sound file formats. It will be very useful in the future.
http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~franke/SoundApp/formats.html

This site explains the file types that I can use with Windows Media Player and since that is what is installed in my computer this reference will be useful. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0071.mspx

Another great site explaining the various types of audio file types. http://cd-burning-software-review.toptenreviews.com/audio-file-types.html</span>

Voice

This site is great. It is a how to record your voice on a computer. It walks you step by step through the process and actually includes tips and things you will need. It is good for me because it specifically adresses the Windows Vista which is what I have.
http://www.wikihow.com/Record-Your-Voice-on-a-Computer

This site provides a tutorial for getting started recording voice at home. It will definetly be useful because I need all the tutoring I can get in this area. http://library.creativecow.net/articles/fisher_jeffrey/recording_voiceovers.php


Sound Effects

This site is great. I checked out some of the sounds and I could and will use it in my future presentations.
http://www.stonewashed.net/sfx.html

The following site describes products for using sound effects on the computer. I don't understand most of it but I could certainly take more time to investigate this as the need arises for me to incorporate sound into my work. This would be a good reference to use for that.
http://www.exefind.com/computer-sound-effects/


Music


This site is wonderful. It explains so much such as sound, digital representation of sound, the transformation of sound by computer. It is a great interactive site that talks about music and computers.
http://eamusic.dartmouth.edu/~book/MATCpages/tableofcontents.html

This site is specifically for me because I can never remember how to transfer music to and from my daughters iPod. It will be very useful.
http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/consumer_electronics/ipod_faq/transfer-music-from-computer-to-ipod-between-computers.html


Microphone for Computers


The following site is a great starting point to find out more information about microphones and recording tips.
http://www.computerhope.com/help/mic.htm

Another good site that will help to answer questions about microphones. It will be useful if I determine that I need to invest in one for my computer. https://www.emicrophones.com/faq.asp


Introduction of Topic: Video

This an area where I know almost nothing about. I own a video camera but my husband is in charge of videotaping. I do have a digital camera that is capable of taking videos but I don't have a clue how to do that. There is just not enough time in the day to learn all the new stuff. I found the youtube sites interesting. I am not even sure what I need to learn about this. I made notes about digitize and screencasting so I think this is what I will investigate for this section.

This site will be useful when and if I ever need to edit video.
http://desktopvideo.about.com/od/desktopediting/bb/bybeginediting.htm

The following site is also a good starting point to learn about video. It describes recording video for PCs, image size, image movement, Image color, as well as software and hardware. It will be useful when the time comes for me to begin recording vidoes.
http://desktopvideo.about.com/od/desktopediting/bb/bybeginediting.htm
The site listed below will take you to an article that was very helpful for me. Information is given about legal issues for creating video for people with sensory issues. Burgastahler, S. (April 16, 2008). Creating vdeo and mltimedia poducts that are accessible to people with sensory impairments. DO-IT University of Washington. Retrieved June 26, 2008, from http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/vid_sensory.html

The following site list guidelines for creating video and using it in presentations. It might be useful if there is ever a need for me to implement this. http://www.ucc.ie/hfrg/emmus/guidelines/d44video.html


Digitize


This site was very useful. It provided a lot of information about how to digitize audios, still images and videos.
http://millie.furman.edu/mll/tutorials/digitize/index.htm
This site is good for me personally. I need to learn more about home videos and this site discusses how and what you will need to digitize your home videos. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Technology/story?id=1692906

The following site discusses how to digitize. Which will be useful for me since I have no previous knowledge in this area.
http://www.uniphiz.com/findgraph/online_help/source/how_pict.htm

This site is a tutorial for digitizing using PhotoStory 2 and MovieMaker 2.
http://millie.furman.edu/mll/tutorials/


Screencasting


This is a good article as an introducation to screencasting. It was very helpful in building my knowledge in this area.
http://www.idealware.org/articles/screencasting.php

The following site describes what screencasting is and walks you through it. Very helpful.
http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/digitalmedia/2005/11/16/what-is-screencasting.html

This is another article that provides guidelines and tips that will be useful for learning about and using screencasting.
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/06/13/primetime.html

This site is free and appears to be a good starting point in learning about screencasting. It provides you software to create screencasts. I haven't tried it but could be useful at a later date. http://freescreencast.com/pages/getstarted.

There is a lot more that I need to learn about Multimedia.

http://smoontaylor.wikispaces.com/