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This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content. Multimedia can be recorded and played, displayed, interacted with or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance. Multimedia devices are electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content. Goldstein, the ‘Lightworks’ is the latest multi-media music-cum-visuals to debut as discothèque fare.
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In the intervening forty years, the word has taken on different meanings. In the late 1970s, the term referred to presentations consisting of multi-projector slide shows timed to an audio track. However, by the 1990s ‘multimedia’ took on its current meaning. In the 1993 first edition of Multimedia: Making It Work, Tay Vaughan declared “Multimedia is any combination of text, graphic art, sound, animation, and video that is delivered by computer. When you provide a structure of linked elements through which the user can navigate, interactive multimedia becomes hypermedia. 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.
In common usage, multimedia refers to an electronically delivered combination of media including video, still images, audio, and text in such a way that can be accessed interactively. Much of the content on the web today falls within this definition as understood by millions. The term “video”, if not used exclusively to describe motion photography, is ambiguous in multimedia terminology. Multimedia presentations may be viewed by person on stage, projected, transmitted, or played locally with a media player. Multimedia games and simulations may be used in a physical environment with special effects, with multiple users in an online network, or locally with an offline computer, game system, or simulator. The various formats of technological or digital multimedia may be intended to enhance the users’ experience, for example to make it easier and faster to convey information.
Or in entertainment or art, to transcend everyday experience. A lasershow is a live multimedia performance. Enhanced levels of interactivity are made possible by combining multiple forms of media content. Non-linear uses interactivity to control progress as with a video game or self-paced computer-based training. Hypermedia is an example of non-linear content. A live multimedia presentation may allow interactivity via an interaction with the presenter or performer. Corporate presentations may combine all forms of media content.