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Lecture 2 Multimedia Hardware and Software MM hardware We need to distinguish between hardware requirements for MM production , and hardware requirements for MM delivery Producing MM MM production requires high quality, high speed equipment with massive storage

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lecture 2
Lecture 2

Multimedia Hardware and Software

mm hardware
MM hardware

We need to distinguish between hardware requirements for MM production, and hardware requirements for MM delivery

producing mm
Producing MM
  • MM production requires high quality, high speed equipment with massive storage
  • Need to store, and process, vast amounts of MM data such as images, sounds, and video
producing mm4
Producing MM
  • Need to be able to capture video from camera to disc, at a constant rate
  • Need to be able to record sounds using high quality microphones in a sound studio
mm delivery
MM Delivery
  • Computer hardware to be used for running MM products requires particular specifications
multimedia hardware
Multimedia Hardware

Apple computers have had multimedia capabilities since 1984 (played sound)

    • Apple Macintosh series
  • Multimedia PCs available since late 1980s
    • 386 series
apple mac
Apple Mac
  • Variety of Models since 1984

eg PowerPc, Quadra, Classic

  • Latest - iMac, G4 and G5, eMac
apple imac
Apple iMac
  • iMac is entirely suited for MM use
  • Has high-level spec for:
    • Processor and memory
    • Storage
    • Graphics
    • Communications
    • Audio
    • Optical storage (cd/dvd / rewrite options)
g5 spec
G5 Spec
  • More advanced than iMac
  • better processor 1.8-2.5 GHz single/dual
  • more memory 256Mb - 8Gb
  • more hard disk space 80-500 Gb
  • see notes pages:

www.apple.com/powermac/

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eMac

eMac now also available

128-256MB SDRAM - 1 DIMM

Keyboard/Mac OS X - U.S. English

1.25GHz PowerPC G4

40-80GB Ultra ATA drive

DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive

Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 included

www.apple.com/emac/

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PC

Multimedia PC (MPC) standard introduced to allow users to decide whether a particular PC was capable of running MM applications

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MPC 1 1989
      • 386sx, 2mb ram,
      • 30 mb hard disk,
      • CD ROM Drive,
      • VGA video (16 colours),
      • an 8 bit audio board, speakers and/or headphones
      • Microsoft Windows software with Multimedia Extensions package - not powerful.
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MPC 2 1993
      • 486sx 25 mhz, 4mb ram (minimum),
      • 160 mb hard disk,
      • CD ROM (double speed),
      • VGA video (64k colours) display resolution (640x480),
      • a 16 bit audio audio board (digital sound, midi playback),
      • 101 keyboard and mouse, midi, joystick, serial, parallel,
      • Windows 3.0, plus multi media extensions
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MPC 3 1995
      • Pentium 75 mhz, 8mb ram (minimum),
      • 540 mb, CD ROM (quadra speed),
      • VGA video (64k colours) ( video enable graphics),
      • 16 bit audio board (digital sound, wavetable, midi playback), speakers must be measured at 3 watts per channel,
      • video playback,
      • 101 keyboard and mouse, joystick, serial, parallel,
      • windows 3.11 and DOS 6.0
pc today
PC Today
  • Provides high-spec hardware and software capable of supporting MM applications
  • Vastly exceeds MPC 3 requirements
  • Distinction of ‘Multimedia PC’ no longer needed
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Example specification
    • 3.6 GHz pentium 4 processor
    • 512 – 4Gb memory
    • 160 Gb hard drive
    • cd/dvd rewrite
    • Windows XP
    • ~£1000
peripherals for multimedia
Peripherals for multimedia
  • Extra Storage
    • external
      • hard discs
      • cd readers/writers
      • zip drives
      • dvd players/writers
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Input Devices
    • Trackballs
    • Touchscreens
    • Graphics Tablets
    • Scanners
    • OCRD
    • Infrared Remotes
    • Voice Recognition Systems
    • Digital Cameras (still and video)
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Output
    • projectors
    • video
software for multimedia
Software for multimedia
  • Multimedia application development software
    • eg Macromedia Authorware, Macromedia Director, Assymetrix Toolbook, Flash
  • Graphics Creation and editing software
    • eg Adobe Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, Adobe Illustrator
  • Text
    • Abobe Pagemaker, Adobe Framemaker, MS Word
software
Software
  • Video
    • Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, iMovie, Cinema 3D
  • Sound
    • provided with sound card, eg Soundblaster for PC and Macintosh sound software
  • Web
    • Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Go Live, Macromedia Flash and Macromedia Fireworks, shockwave

www.shockwave.com

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