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Lecture 1 - the overview

A new term, and the first optional course I get to take! The full title is Multimedia Design and Applications, and it's being taken by Dr Paul Newbury. It's a combined 3rd year undergraduate and Masters level course, with most of the difference being in the level of detail in the assessment. I find that slightly odd, but it seems to be a fairly common thing at Sussex. I guess it's something about self-learning or something like that.

It sounds like it's going to be an interesting and useful course. I can already see where it might have helped with some of the work I've done over the last year. The understanding of compression for images and videos would have been handy, and soem general multimedia design ideas is always going to be handy!

Warning! Danger Will Robinson! This may suck much spare time! The assessments are creative and of a nature that there will always be something more that could be done. Careful management of time will be needed!   

There are two different focusses on computers for multimedia - development and delivery. Generally speaking the development tools are expensive, whilst the delivery of the content is free. But there are problems to overcome with the delivery (for example, playing videos through PowerPoint via a projector).

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