Explain in detail Process of Multimedia.
Adequate time and efficient planning is required for multimedia production, which assures that the project will proceed smoothly and certainly ensures that the information reaches the target audience. Following are the phases for the development of complex multimedia projects. Multimedia and Desktop Publishing.
- Conceptual Analysis and Planning:
The process of multimedia making begins with a conceptual ignition point. The conceptual analysis identifies an appropriate theme, budget and content available on that selected theme. Additional criteria like copyright issues also are considered in this phase.
- Project design:
Once the theme is finalized objectives, goals, and activities are drawn for the multimedia project. General statements are termed as goals. The specific statements in the project is known as the objectives. Activities are series of actions performed to implement an objective. These activities contribute to the project design phase.
Based on the planning and design, it is necessary to develop the project.
The following are the steps involved in pre-production:
Budgeting for each phases like consultants, hardware, software, travel, communication and publishing is estimated for all the multimedia projects.
- Multimedia Production Team:
The production team for a high-end multimedia project requires team efforts. The team comprises of members playing various roles and responsibilities like Scriptwriter, Production manager, Editor, Graphics Architect, Multimedia Architect and Web Master.
- Hardware/Software Selection:
All multimedia Application requires appropriate tools to develop and playback the application. Hardware includes the selection of fastest CPU, RAM and huge monitors, sufficient disc for storing the records. The selection of the suitable software and file formats depends on the funds available for the project being developed.
- Defining the Content:
Content is the “stuff’ provided by a content specialist to the multimedia architect with which the application is developed, who prepares the narration, bullets, charts and tables etc.
- Preparing the structure:
A detailed structure must have information about all the steps along with the time line of the future action. This structure defines the activities, the responsible person for each activity and the start/end time for each activity.
In the multimedia application, after the pre-production activities, the production phase starts. This phase includes the activities like background music selection, sound recording and so on. Text is incorporated using OCR software, Pictures shot by the digital camera, video clips are shot, edited and compressed. A pilot project is ready by this time.
The complete testing of the pilot product is done before the mass production to ensure that everything is in place, thereby avoiding failure after launch. If it’s a web. the based product its functioning is tested with different browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla and Netscape Navigator. If it is a local multimedia application on a LAN it must be deployed in the server for testing purposes. After the testing process is over, the product is incorporated with valid suggested changes.
Documentation User documentation is a mandatory feature of all multimedia projects. The documentation has all the valuable information’s starting from the system requirement till the completion of testing. Contact details, e-mail addresses and phone numbers are provided for technical support and sending suggestions and comments.
- Delivering the Multimedia Product:
Multimedia applications are best delivered on CD/DVD or on the website. In reality, various challenges are faced while delivering through the internet, like bandwidth problems, a huge number of plug-ins required to play audio and video and long downloading time. Finally, a multimedia application is delivered in a more effective way by the integration of two mediums CD-ROM/DVD and the Internet.
Concept: Multimedia Production
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