Moving Image and Multimedia related links
for Howard Besser's
Winter 2000 Digital Collections of Still &
Tim Kennedy's June, 1999 article "What
Is Streaming Media?" covers many of the basics (as this is now somewhat
out of date, expect there to have been some recent changes in standards,
of streaming, complete with links to source material and major players
on the web.
MPEG Video formats
the World Wide Web; an offering on the Videonics site. Videonics is
company that specializes in video post-production hardware and software,
so you'll notice several mentions of their products in this piece. Has
a nice chart comparing the advantages and disadvantages of several media
delivery methods, though.
mpeg.org offers a long
list of FAQs on the four MPEG versions (1, 2, 4, and 7) and their various
Rob Koenen outlines what
MPEG-7 might be like and why they skipped some numbers there...
of the MPEG-7 Standard, José M. Martínez (ed),December
MP3 and MPEG Audio Layer-3 are not the same! The Fraunhofer Institut's
and overview of MPEG Layer-3, the audio compression element used in
MPEG files, inlcudes some helpful technical information about audio file
signal compression; their Layer-3
FAQ is also informative..
SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language)
Whatis.com defines SMIL.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has on their site some general
information and an extended
technical specification on SMIL, an XML-based language intended to
enable web presentation of television-like multimedia.
Streaming Media World also runs a segment on their site called justsmil,
with some technical information and other resources on the SMIL standard.
There's also Jeff Rule's Introduction
to SMIL, which is out of date (December, 1998) but very well-written
and easy to understand.
Wired News ran a story in November 1997 on streaming
media and the new proposed SMIL standard.
Michael Wilson has prepared a web slide
show on SMIL and synchronized multimedia on the web. Pretty technical,
but has some screen dumps of multimedia synchronizing applications, which
may be of interest.
By November 1999, Tim Kennedy was already writing a "What
Became of SMIL" piece for justsmil. Is it doomed? You decide...