Multimedia Final Projects

According to our Final Project document, your first Planning Report was due today. I have pushed the due date off until next Tuesday (4/18) so as to give more ample opportunity for you to ask questions. Here’s the exerpt on what you will need to do:

Description of 1st planning report:
Each of the following items should clearly labeled in the report:

  1. A description of the topic of your project.
  2. A description of the measurable objectives of your project. I will be using the objectives that you indicate that you have for your project as my evaluation tool for the project.
  3. An indication of the authoring program you will use to put your project together (Flash, PHP, Powerpoint, some other tool like Java or Javascript).
  4. An indication of the software applications that will be necessary for you to complete the project.
  5. A beginning storyboard of your project. Note that this is the beginning of your project planning. The storyboard should lay out all the “pages” in your presentation, indicating what will be on each. This documentation must be reasonably complete. You can find more information on Storyboarding here.
  6. A description of how you will be using each of the cells in the 2D multimedia taxonomy from the Project Planning slides and why it makes sense for you to be using the cell that way. For example, for sound abstraction, you might indicate that each time the user presses a button, the sound of a bomb going off is heard. You must then explain why that choice makes sense given the goals of your project. If there is a particular cell from the taxonomy that you will not be using at all, you must explain why you will not be using it. This part of your report should be clearly linked to your stated objectives.

Multimedia – Web 2.0

web2.jpgO’Reilly has a document on “What is Web 2.0?“. For class on Tuesday, please read the article as it really encapsulates the movement in web application design/architecture.

The important topics discussed are:

  • Web as a Platform
  • Harnessing Collective Intelligence
  • Data is the Next Intel Inside
  • End of the Software Release Cycle
  • Lightweight Programming Models
  • Software Above the Level of a Single Device
  • Rich User Experiences

Of particular note is the comparison between a Web 1.0/Web 2.0 comparisons:

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication

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

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 – Lab 1 – Blogs

Alrighty! Today we’re going to be setting up our blogs. Here are some Blogging Instructions to help you get started.

Today we meet in Memorial 213 and we’ll be:

  • Going over the above documentation
  • Setting up our Blogs
  • Posting a Blog Entry
  • Commenting on someone else’s Blog
  • Giving the instructor $2,000 just for fun.

The use of Blogs in our class:
I have discussed this a couple of times but have not yet been clear on exactly how we will be using your blogs this semester. Starting 9/12/2005 you will be required to make a minimum of 2 non-assignment related posts a week. You can post as many posts as you want every week but here’s the deal:

  • If you post diary-like posts, it must convey an issue you have encountered and dealt with; and/or it must contain your opinions on topics you have encountered.
  • In addition to your own blog posts, you will also be required to post your answers to assignments throughout the semester. These do not apply towards your 2 posts per week.
  • I will be grading your posts. Here are the grading specifics for your semester of blogging (I will grade your blogging over the semester, not each one individually):
    Points Subject
    20 Regular postings (at least two/week)
    10 Postings address clear topic and fit in the theme of the blog or (for journal blogs) are particularly insightful.
    10 Postings are well-written and organized
    10 Postings contain adequate links to supporting/clarifying websites.
    10 Initiative and Originality
    10 Blog entries are of potential interest to outside reader.
    10 Response to comments: Author has responded to comments adequately.
    10 Effective use of images and text formatting to create a visually appealing blog.
    10 EXTRA CREDIT: Blog has off-campus commenter. (non-friend or family member )
    Forfeit all points if in violation. Netiquette: postings do not violate any rules of good Internet conduct. See notes addressing netiquette. (Violations must be immediately cleared up to prevent blog account from being switched off)
    100 TOTAL (110 with extra credit)

Blog Topics:
Blogging may not come easy to everyone. It took a while for me to get the swing of things, but once I started going I keep finding odd things to post :) If you run into a mindblock and can’t think of anything, maybe this will start your mind thinking in the right direction:

Maybe try a PSU centered blog

  • PSU events: music, films, plays, speakers, plays
  • PSU sports: how did the(fill-in specific sport) team do?
    How can team x improve? Etc.
  • PSU politics: what issues are ranging on campus.
  • PSU life: what is like to be a PSU student?

Aim for a special interest blog

  • Gaming
  • Poetry
  • Art work
  • Crafts
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Literature
  • Horticulture
  • Outdoor pursuits (hiking, skiing, biking, etc)
  • Bird watching
  • Editorial blogs: reacting to issues in the media.
  • Place blog: What is life like in … Plymouth, NH, your home town?
  • Informational blog: how to do something (configure a firewall, build a canoe, fix a car, etc, travel for $25/day, etc)

(grading scale provided by Dr. Evelyn Stiller, Plymouth State University)