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Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content.wikipedia
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Electronic media

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Multimedia devices are electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content.
The primary electronic media sources familiar to the general public are video recordings, audio recordings, multimedia presentations, slide presentations, CD-ROM and online content.

Content format

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Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content.
With multimedia, multiple tracks containing multiple content formats are presented simultaneously.

Mixed media

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Multimedia is distinguished from mixed media in fine art; for example, by including audio it has a broader scope.
Mixed media art, a visual art, is distinguished from multimedia art which combines visual art with non-visual elements, such as recorded sound, literature, drama, dance, motion graphics, music, or interactivity.

Media player software

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Multimedia presentations may be viewed by person on stage, projected, transmitted, or played locally with a media player.
Media player software is a type of application software for playing multimedia computer files like audio and video files.

Streaming media

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Digital online multimedia may be downloaded or streamed.
Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider.

Bobb Goldsteinn

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The term multimedia was coined by singer and artist Bob Goldstein (later 'Bobb Goldsteinn') to promote the July 1966 opening of his "LightWorks at L'Oursin" show at Southampton, Long Island.
Lightworks even inspired the term "multimedia" — a word coined by Goldsteinn to describe the technical nature of his entertainment and popularized by articles in Variety, Newsday, and other publications.

Word of the year (Germany)

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The German language society Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache recognized the word's significance and ubiquitousness in the 1990s by awarding it the title of German 'Word of the Year' in 1995.

Educational technology

In education, multimedia is used to produce computer-based training courses (popularly called CBTs) and reference books like encyclopedia and almanacs.
Educational technology encompasses e-learning, instructional technology, information and communication technology (ICT) in education, EdTech, learning technology, multimedia learning, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), computer-based instruction (CBI), computer managed instruction, computer-based training (CBT), computer-assisted instruction or computer-aided instruction (CAI), internet-based training (IBT), flexible learning, web-based training (WBT), online education, digital educational collaboration, distributed learning, computer-mediated communication, cyber-learning, and multi-modal instruction, virtual education, personal learning environments, networked learning, virtual learning environments (VLE) (which are also called learning platforms), m-learning, ubiquitous learning and digital education.

This designation contrasts with the broader term multimedia, which may include non-interactive linear presentations as well as hypermedia.

Educational software

That era saw also a boost in the production of educational multimedia CD-ROMs.
The first commercial reference software products were reformulations of existing content into CD-ROM editions, often supplemented with new multimedia content, including compressed video and sound.

Interactive media

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In the early years of multimedia the term "rich media" was synonymous with interactive multimedia, and "hypermedia" was an application of multimedia.

Variety (magazine)

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On August 10, 1966, Richard Albarino of Variety borrowed the terminology, reporting: "Brainchild of songscribe-comic Bob ('Washington Square') Goldstein, the 'Lightworks' is the latest multi-media music-cum-visuals to debut as discothèque fare."
As media expanded over the years, charts and data for other media such as TV ratings and music charts were published, especially in the anniversary editions that were regularly published each January.

Visual thinking

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Multimedia finds its application in various areas including, but not limited to, advertisements, art, education, entertainment, engineering, medicine, mathematics, business, scientific research and spatial temporal applications.
Visual-spatial symptoms (dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder, auditory processing disorder (APD) and the like) arise in non-visual and non-spatial environments and situations; hence, visual/spatial learning is aggravated by an education system based upon information presented in written text instead of presented via multimedia and hands-on experience.

ACM Multimedia

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ACM Multimedia (ACM-MM) is the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)'s annual conference on multimedia, sponsored by the SIGMM special interest group on multimedia in the ACM.

Multimedia Messaging Service

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Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from a mobile phone over a cellular network.

Journal of Multimedia

Representative research can be found in journals such as the Journal of Multimedia.
It covered the study of multimedia algorithms and applications, information retrieval, artificial intelligence, multimedia compression, statistical inference, network theory, and other related topics.


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In the late 1970s, the term referred to presentations consisting of multi-projector slide shows timed to an audio track.
Multi-image productions are also known as multi-image slide presentations, slide shows and diaporamas and are a specific form of multimedia or audio-visual production.

Postliterate society

A postliterate society is a hypothetical society in which multimedia technology has advanced to the point where literacy, the ability to read or write, is no longer necessary or common.

Digital media

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Technology has impacted multimedia as it is largely associated with the use of computers or other electronic devices and digital media due to its capabilities concerning research, communication, problem-solving through simulations and feedback opportunities.
Practical digital multimedia distribution and streaming was made possible by advances in data compression, due to the impractically high memory, storage and bandwidth requirements of uncompressed media.

Computer-assisted language learning

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Their findings based on Gardner’s theory of the "socio-educational model of learner motivation and attitudes", the study shows that there is easier access to language learning materials as well as increased motivation with MI along with the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning.
In its early days the Web could not compete seriously with multimedia CALL on CD-ROM and DVD.

New media art

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A. Michael Noll, and multimedia performances of E.A.T., Fluxus and Happening.

Web documentary

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A web documentary, interactive documentary, or multimedia documentary is a documentary production that differs from the more traditional forms—video, audio, photographic—by applying a full complement of multimedia tools.


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One of the most relevant could be Peter Greenaway who is melding cinema with opera and all sorts of digital media.
Film has also been incorporated into multimedia presentations and often has importance as primary historical documentation.