Chapter 8. Using Multimedia

A great way to add life to a project is to add sound and video. Recently, I was working on a laser maze exhibit that some colleagues and I take to various Maker Faires and other events around the region. This massive 10×20-foot enclosure is full of laser beams, smoke, and buttons. This is all very cool in and of itself, but we found that by adding a start sound, stop sound, and a little spy-themed music, we could make the exhibit much more engaging.

No matter what you’re making, from a simple doorbell to a complex video kiosk, you will need to know how to incorporate media into your project. There are multiple ways to interact with multimedia on Linux. In this chapter, I will discuss some of the pitfalls and things ...

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