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How Computers Work, Ninth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 21. How Multimedia Video Works

How Multimedia Video Works

VIDEO is nothing new. We grew up with Howdy Doody, Gilligan, and Teletubbies. In many households, the camcorder has replaced the still camera as the memory-catcher of choice. So, why does video’s arrival on PCs seem like such a big deal? It’s precisely because video in more traditional forms has become so much a part of our lives. We rely daily on talking, moving pictures to get so much of the information we need to learn, to conduct business, and to lead our personal lives.

All the excitement and technical innovations in multimedia concentrate on video and audio, which has it all backward. The excitement isn’t ...

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