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What Is Multimedia?

Multimedia in a computer context is defined as the integration of more than one medium, such as animation, audio, graphics, text, and video. Multimedia is a step beyond traditional presentation graphics used by many people in business. Rather than use a software program such as Microsoft PowerPoint to create overhead transparencies, the computer is used as the presentation tool. When the computer is connected to a video projector, the presentation can be presented as a slideshow and projected on a screen for everyone in a meeting to see. When you add graphics, animation effects, audio, and video files to the presentation—you've created multimedia.

The term multimedia was used long before computers appeared in the office. Originally, multimedia was a term to define presentations or lectures that included any elements other than just the spoken or written word. Slide projectors, audiotapes, movies, and pictures were often combined with a lecture or demonstration to provide a more dynamic presentation.


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