Brief Description of Aims and Content: The aim of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of multimedia systems and how they are being developed and applied. The course will explain the technologies underlying digital images, videos, text, graphs and audio contents, including various compression techniques and standards, and the issues to deliver multimedia content over the Internet. 

Graduate Attributes & Learning Outcomes: Having successfully completed the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge on the concepts of multimedia systems
  • Apply theories and principles to multimedia design
  • Use various multimedia tools
  • Design and create interactive multimedia based applications

Unit1: Introduction in Multimedia:

Multimedia concepts - research, design and planning; multimedia applications for education and training, business applications, home entertainment; multimedia authoring software; Multimedia production cycle

Unit2: Multimedia in Networks:

Multimedia in Legacy networks, FDDI , ATM, Wireless networks, Real Time protocols-RSVP, RTP, RTCP, RTSP etc.

Unit3: Multimedia components:

 Text: Types of information, Hypertext and Hypermedia

Sound: Audio capture and representation - fundamentals of audio and perception; Digital sound and characteristics, Sampling variables, Sound Card layout, Compression, Loss less compression of sound, loss compression & silence compression, Synthesis of sounds, Difference between waveform and synthesized audio, Sound Formats- WAV, MPEG, MIDI , MIDI com**r systems; frequency and dynamic ranges; basic sound editing, Music editors ,Lab Exercises in VB

Graphics: Still image manipulation - still image capture, creation and representation; file resolution, file sizing and portability; Image Compression-LZW compressionHuffman Coding,  Graphic adapters, Graphic file formats and characteristics, GIFF,TIFF, JPEG, Web graphics, Incorporating multimedia elements in web pages.  2D graphical image manipulation in layer based images; applying special effects, such as transformations, text effects, filters, 3D graphics, Lab exercises in Adobe Photoshop

Animation: Fundamentals of Animations, Formats of animation files, Animation software, 3D-animation-Lab exercises in Visual Basic, Macromedia flash, Macromedia Director.

Video:  Fundamentals, Compression, Video capture cards, Formats, MPEG standards, MHEG Standard recent development in Multimedia, Digital Camcorders and Camera.