Multimedia – Legalese and Project Presentations

Here are today’s slides. We’ll be discussing legal issues when building multimedia projects as well as going over the presentation of your final projects.

Just a reminder: We have our 4th quiz on Thursday. We’ll be going over the following topics:

Here’s the presentation times:

May 9:

  • 12:30-12:38: James Hodgman – ???
  • 12:40-12:48: David O’Connell – ???
  • 12:50-12:58: John Chirila – ???
  • 1:00-1:08: Jonathan Bilodeau – Molten Core Strategy Website/Video/Instructions
  • 1:10-1:18: Paul Auger – Multimedia Storage Site Revamp
  • 1:20-1:28: Matt Baillargeon – Music Video & Documentation
  • 1:30-1:38: Jamie Howard – Rugby Website in w/ Flash
  • 1:40-1:48: Eric Croteau – Hockey Tutorial in Flash

May 11:

  • 12:30-12:38: Ryan Morash – Flash/Video filled website
  • 12:40-12:48: Tucker McGaw – A Flash Movie production
  • 12:50-12:58: Felix Rosen – DJ Flash Webpage
  • 1:00-1:08: Angela DiCicco – JCreator Tutorial in Powerpoint
  • 1:10-1:18: Matthew Doenges – Pocket PC Back End Application (Visual Basic)
  • 1:20-1:28: Erik Kowlachuk – NHL Promo Video

May 16:

  • 11:00-11:08: Christopher Signor – Dungeons and Dragons Character Creation Tutorial in Flash
  • 11:10-11:18: Jesse Patch – Company Webpage
  • 11:20-11:28: Colby Schneider – Navigable Snowboarding DVD
  • 11:30-11:38: Liam Jewell – PSU Help Tutorials in Flash
  • 11:40-11:48: Brendan Emery – TikiWiki
  • 11:50-1:30: Final Exam

Multimedia Lab – Advanced Powerpoint Navigation

chimpanzee.jpgChances are, most of you have used Microsoft Powerpoint. For the class slides, simple presentations and such we only use the most basic features of the MS product. We are going to explore some of these features. The goal isn’t necessarily to expand our knowledge of Powerpoint but to experiment with some of the forms of navigation discussed in class.

The Scenario:
You are a scientist that studies chimpanzees. Last month you witnessed one or more chimpanzees do something that has never been done before. You were tasked with creating an application that details various aspects of that discovery…for some reason you chose Powerpoint as your tool.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Your application must make use of various forms of media. (text, images, etc) – 20pts
  • Your application must include at least 12 slides PLUS an additional notes slide that lists/describes the types of navigation used. – 20pts
  • Your application must utilize (at minimum) conceptual/modal navigation and hypertext. Other forms of navigation can be used as appropriate. – 25pts
  • Your application must not navigate as normal powerpoint slides navigate (i.e. advance on click). To get a starting point, read the instructions below. – 25pts
  • Use proper spelling and grammar. – 10pts
  • Be creative and have fun with the assignment! – Priceless

Setting Up Your Powerpoint Application For This Assignment:

  • With your powerpoint application open, click on Slide Show > Set Up Show….
  • In the Show options section, check the box: Loop continuously until ‘Esc’
  • In the Show slides section, check the From radio button and choose the start/end slides as appropriate to your application. (If your first slide is your contents where you begin all your navigation, then you’ll want the start/end boxes to be set to 1 and 1). Experiment.
  • …this is just a starting point. Explore the application and make it bend to your will.

Here’s a good reference for advanced PowerPoint stuff.

Handing in your Lab:
The lab is due next Friday at midnight. To hand it in:

  • log in to myPlymouth
  • click on the myCourses tab
  • click on the Multimedia course
  • go into the Assignments section
  • click on Lab 1
  • Browse to your powerpoint file in the form
  • Submit it

Why Paladin Names are Pink in Raids

Shortly after one of my friends created a video on a 10-Paladin instance run in Stratholme Dead, he asked the following:

Why did Blizzard make the paladin names pink in a raid, anyway?

For those curious, here’s the reason:

  1. Many Horde players hate Paladins because of Shield+Hearth
  2. Because of this, the Horde (and some jealous Alliance members) consider Paladins to be dinks.
  3. So Paladin could be written as: Paladink
  4. Another way to write ‘male’ is ‘lad’
  5. While referring to an individual Paladink male, you could refer to him as ‘a lad’
  6. Many male players like to play female characters, and most female players play female characters.
  7. Since many Paladinks are not male (lads), ‘a lad’ was dropped from the name
  8. Which gives us…: Pink

The color is simply equal to the class’ name.

An Introduction to Multimedia

What is Multimedia? Multimedia is a combination of text, animated graphics, video, and sound delivered to you via some electronic means. We are immersed in it. Its what appeals to me for entertainment; for research.

As technology has progressed we have seen a convergence of both the presentation and study of Multimedia. Multimedia Lecture #1 will discuss this convergence and further continue the introduction with the discussion Multimedia Navigation and Usability.

Get the Class Slides here.

Check out this great resources:

Read this paper in preparation for our next class: Reducing Cognitive Load in Multimedia Navigation.

Multimedia Syllabus

Class: Multimedia (CS 3440)

Instructor: Matthew Batchelder
Office: Hyde 3rd Floor, ITS Offices
Phone: 535-2086
Office Hours: I am in my office most of the time between 8AM and 5PM. However, I will make sure I’m there if you call or email me ahead of time.
Email: mtbatchelder (AT) plymouth (DOT) edu
Required Text Book: Fundamentals of Multimedia, Ze-Nian Li, Mark S. Drew (publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-061872-1)

Meeting Times and Places:
Tuesday: Rounds 207, 12:30-1:45.
Thursday: Memorial 213, 12:30-1:45 Lab.

Course Description:
Use and development of multimedia – combining text, graphics, sound, still and video images and animation into a unified, seamless document. Examines the nature of the various media, the capture or creation, digitalization and modification of each media type, the architecture and technology of multimedia systems, the principles behind effective multimedia presentations, analysis and design of GUI systems and multimedia development through the use of common software packages. Treats both the fundamental concepts and current and emerging technologies.

Course Goals and Objectives:

  1. Learn about the nature of text, image, audio, video, graphic and animation files.
  2. Learn about capturing the various media.
  3. Learn about creating, editing and storing the various media.
  4. Learn about digitization and compression and the role they play in multimedia.
  5. Learn about authoring tools for packaging multimedia systems.
  6. Learn about web-based multimedia and the special problems involved in delivering media over the WWW.
  7. Learn about effective graphical user interfaces.
  8. Learn to use a variety of common software packages to complete the above objectives.

40% – Labs
30% – Quizzes
30% – Final Project

Grade Scale:
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
93-100 – A
90-92 – A-
88-89 – B+
83-87 – B
80-82 – B-
78-79 – C+
73-77 – C
70-72 – C-
68-69 – D+
63-67 – D
60-62 – D-
below 60 – F

Evaluation Items

  • Final Project: Every student will be expected to complete a semester project. The project will be presented to the rest of the class during the last week of classes and during the final exam period (which is Tuesday, May 16, 11am – 1:30pm). The project will comprise 30% of the semester grade.
  • Quizzes: There will be 4 hour-long quizzes. Of the four quizzes, only 3 will count toward the semester grade, with the lowest score of the four being dropped. These three quizzes and a final exam will comprise 30% of the semester grade (6% each). NO makeup quizzes will be given for any reason. If for some reason a student misses an quiz, that quiz will be his or her dropped quiz. The first section (11-11:50) of the final exam period will be used for project presentations. The quiz schedule is as follows:
    1. Quiz 1: Tuesday, February 21
    2. Quiz 2: Tuesday, March 28
    3. Quiz 3: Tuesday, April 18
    4. Quiz 4: Thursday, April 27
    5. Final Exam: Tuesday, May 16, 11am-1:30am (11-11:50 will be used for project presentations)
  • Labs: There will be a number of lab sesions throughout the semester. During the lab, we will meet in Memorial 213. During some of these lab periods, students will be expected to complete an exercise. These lab assignments will comprise 40% of the semester grade, with the lowest lab assignment grade being dropped. NO late labs will be accepted. If for some reason a student misses a lab, that lab will be his or her dropped lab.

Attendance Policy:
Attendance will not be taken in class or lab. However, every student is responsible for everything covered, even if it is not in the text.

Academic Honesty:
Issues of copyright and attributing original sources are particularly important in this course. These topics will be covered in this course, but it is important to realize from the first day of this course that you must accurately represent work that you have created originally versus work that consists of elements from other authors/creators. A safe guideline is to very clearly attribute the work of others, and use content from other people sparingly in your own work. I reserve the right to individually question students about their homework assignments and labs to have the student explain his or her answers to me. If you are unable to explain your answers when I ask, you will not be given credit for the assignment or lab. Such a situation constitutes plagiarism and you are referred to the Student Handbook for a description of the possible consequences of such academic dishonesty.

Tentative Schedule:

Week Date Topic Assignment
week 1
January 30
Ummm…hello to you.  (omghi2u)
Read Chapter 1
February 2
Introduction to Multimedia Read Handout (Navigating the Digital Vista)
week 2
February 7
Introduction to Multimedia (cont.) Read Lab Handout
February 9
Lab – Versatile Powerpoint Navigation
Read Handout (Chapter 7-10 excerpts)
week 3
February 14
File Compression
Read Lab Handout
February 16
Lab – Compression

week 4
February 21
Read Handouts (Chapter 3-4 excerpt & Web Usability)
February 23
Images, Color, & Web Usability
Meet in Memorial. Read Handout (Web 2.0)
week 5
February 28
Web 2.0
Read Lab Handout
March 2
Lab – Webpage Usability
Meet in Memorial 213; Read Handout (Chapter 6 excerpt)
week 6
March 7
Basics of Digital Audio
Read Lab Handout
March 9

Meet in Memorial 213;
week 7
March 14
Audio & Project Planning Read Handout (Project Planning, Delivery, & Presentation)
March 16
Quiz Read Handout (Chapter 2 excerpt)
week 8
March 21
No Class
Spring Break – Develop Project Idea
March 23
No Class/Lab Spring Break – Develop Project Idea
week 9
March 28
Animation & Authoring Software
Read Lab Handout
March 30
Lab – Flash
Meet in Memorial 213;
week 10
April 4
No Class

April 6
No Class/Lab (Work on your Flash Lab)
Work in Memorial 213 (if needed)
week 11
April 11
Read Handout (Chapter 5 Excerpt)
April 13

week 12
April 18
Flash Help & Video Slides
Read Lab Handout
April 20
Lab/Project Assistance
week 13
April 25
Legal & Ethical Issues/Presenting Your Project

April 27

week 14
May 2
Work on Project
May 4
Work on Project

week 15
May 9

May 11

week 16
May 16
Presentations & Final Exam (11am-1:30pm)

Web Expressions – More Blog Info

Yup, once again we will be discussing Blogs in class. I will be handing out and article on Weblog (Blog) History and we will be going over some of the points in class.

Here’s a sweet quote from the article:

Media is a corporate possession…You cannot participate in the media. Bringing that into the foreground is the first step. The second step is to define the difference between public and audience. An audience is passive; a public is participatory. We need a definition of media that is public in its orientation.

Something else to note:

The original weblogs were link-driven sites. Each was a mixture in unique proportions of links, commentary, and personal thoughts and essays. Weblogs could only be created by people who already knew how to make a website. A weblog editor had either taught herself to code HTML for fun, or, after working all day creating commercial websites, spent several off-work hours every day surfing the web and posting to her site. These were web enthusiasts.

Also: :)

By highlighting articles that may easily be passed over by the typical web user too busy to do more than scan corporate news sites, by searching out articles from lesser-known sources, and by providing additional facts, alternative views, and thoughtful commentary, weblog editors participate in the dissemination and interpretation of the news that is fed to us every day. Their sarcasm and fearless commentary reminds us to question the vested interests of our sources of information and the expertise of individual reporters as they file news stories about subjects they may not fully understand.


The blogger, by virtue of simply writing down whatever is on his mind, will be confronted with his own thoughts and opinions. Blogging every day, he will become a more confident writer. A community of 100 or 20 or 3 people may spring up around the public record of his thoughts. Being met with friendly voices, he may gain more confidence in his view of the world; he may begin to experiment with longer forms of writing, to play with haiku, or to begin a creative project–one that he would have dismissed as being inconsequential or doubted he could complete only a few months before.

Another article that I would urge you to read (or simply skim) is: Educational Blogging

The quote I like from this is:

“The blogs give us a chance to communicate between us and motivate us to write more. When we publish on our blog, people from the entire world can respond by using the comments link. This way, they can ask questions or simply tell us what they like. We can then know if people like what we write and this indicate[s to] us what to do better. By reading these comments, we can know our weaknesses and our talents. Blogging is an opportunity to exchange our point of view with the rest of the world not just people in our immediate environment.”


Many writers assert that blogs came into their own only after the events of September 11, 2001. As Charles Cooper writes, “If you were scouring the Internet for news and context during those first terrible hours, you could have done a lot worse than eavesdropping on the free-wheeling mini-universe of Web logs chockablock with first-hand info and spirited commentary about what was going on. . . . For my money, some of the best stuff was being served up in this most unlikely venue.”

And also:

Whether you’re a warblogger who works by day as a professional journalist or you’re a teenage high school student worried about your final exams, you do the same thing: you use your blog to link to your friends and rivals and comment on what they’re doing. Blog posts are short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal, no matter what topic they approach.

So what are blogs?
I want you to answer this more in depth on your blogs before next class. We’ll be looking them over on Monday. Dig deep. Don’t just tell me “its a place to post stuff on the web.” Put some thought and feeling into your answer. What are blogs? What do you think they mean to you? To other people? How are they changing the media? What kind of impact are they having on everyday life? That kind of thing.

So…assignments for the weekend:

  • Prepare for Monday’s Quiz!
  • Do the blog entry I mentioned above.
  • Start thinking about what you will be posting throughout the week.
  • Next week we will be talking about e-mail, mailing lists, search engines, encryption, online shopping, phishing, netiquette, spyware, cookies, etc. Head on over to and read bullets 1-9.

Web Expressions – Assignment 1

Alright People. I’m stealing some ideas from one of my friends – Zach Tirrell – on how I’ll be using the blog for this course.

For each class I will provide an outline of the topics I plan to cover. Hopefully we’ll touch on each of these as well as any side topics that might arise.

  • What Course is this? :)
  • Discuss the Syllabus.
  • What are Blogs?
  • How will we integrate them into our course?
  • Your first assignment is to read this essay on the creative process. Yeah, its kind of a long read and the way it is written is a little odd (there are things repeated multiple times in the same paragraph…which is kind of annoying). Despite all of that it has some good points.

    After reading, answer these questions and bring them to class on Friday. We will discuss this article there and I will be asking a few people to tell me their answers. ;)

    Here are the questions:

    • When are you the most creative?
    • What are the necessary conditions for creativity?