21.4. Multimedia Databases

Multimedia computing has emerged as a major area of research and has started dominating all facets of lives of mankind. Multimedia databases allow users to store and query different types of multimedia information. It has opened a wide range of potential applications by combining a variety of information sources.

21.4.1. Multimedia Sources

Multimedia databases use wide variety of multimedia sources, such as:

  • Images

  • Video clips

  • Audio clips

  • Text or documents

The fundamental characteristics of multimedia systems are that they incorporate continuous media, such as voice (audio), video and animated graphics.

21.4.1.1. Images

Images include photographs, drawings and so on. Images are usually stored in raw form as a set of ...

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