Types of Multimedia


Today’s high powered computers are making waves in delivering information and entertainment to the customers. The powerful multimedia communications technology makes it possible to take an interactive instructional course through the Internet, combining multimedia content for the audience. Multimedia is the field concerned with the computer controlled integration of text, graphics, drawings, still and moving images, animation, audio, and any other media where every type of information can be represented, stored, transmitted and processed digitally. Multimedia can be accessed through computers or electronic devices. It integrated the various forms together.
Some multimedia programs are linear a kind of slide presentation, in which the user’s involvement is restricted. Other programs are interactive which let the user control the flow of action. Types of Multimedia:

  1. Linear Multimedia
    Early Multimedia was linear. This type of multimedia was limited to advancing forward to the next screen or moving back to the previous page. The  user had limited control in access to information. There is on a single fixed path which the presentation can follow. The user can either speed up or pause the path but he cannot change the sequence of picture. This type of multimedia is also known  as passive multimedia. It is suited for presentations and demonstrations which do not require user’s constant interaction.
  2. Interactive Multimedia
    Interactive multimedia is a method of communication in which the programs output depends on the user’s inputs, and the user’s inputs in turn affect the program’s outputs. Interactive multimedia engage the user and interact with him or her in a way that non-interactive media do not. Websites and video games are two common types of interactive multimedia.
  3. Hypermedia
    The recent form of multimedia allows information access by a system called hypermedia. Hypermedia is an extension to what is known as hypertext, or the ability to open new web pages by clicking text links on a web browser. Hypermedia extends upon this by allowing the user to click images, movies, graphics and other media apart from text to create a nonlinear networks of information. The World Wide Web is a partial hypermedia system since it supports graphical hyperlinks and links to sound and video files. New hypermedia system under development will allow objects in computer videos to be hyperlinked. The term was coined by Fred Nelson in 1965.

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