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Multimedia Components

Objectives

  • To be able to use ready-made multimedia components
  • To be able to use a digital camera and scanner to capture images
  • To be able to capture screen-based images

Your Task

You should include "a range of appropriate ready-made and original multimedia components" in your e-book.  Acknowledge copyright holders.  Here are some ideas:

Sound Files 
(WAV for short clips, MP3 for longer clips)
Video Clips
(e.g. using a digital movie camera )
Animated GIFs

Photographs
(using digital camera or scanner and image editing software)
Screen Recorder Movies 
(e.g. using Wisdomsoft Screen Recorder)
Screen Dumps
(e.g. using Wisdomsoft Screen Hunter)
Flash Animations
(using Macromedia Studio)
Clipart
(or your own creations e.g. using Fireworks)

 

Additional Resources

Animation Factory - free animated gif library

Download a trial version of an "advanced GIF animator"

Cool Text - Online animated text generator

Flaming Text - Another animated text generator

3D Text Maker - another tool for turning text into graphics



Mark Band d

Mark Bank 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

The e-book:

• demonstrates limited application of multimedia design principles for on screen publications 

• shows limited awareness of audience and purpose.

Whilst working on the e-book the learner adheres to relevant standard ways of working, but needs frequent prompting.


(0–9)

The e-book:

• demonstrates sound application of multimedia design principles for on screen publications

• shows some awareness of audience and purpose.

Whilst working on the e-book, the learner adheres to relevant standard ways of working, with only occasional prompting.


(10–13)

The e-book:

• demonstrates sophisticated application of multimedia design principles for on-screen publications

• shows full awareness of audience and purpose.

Whilst working on the e-book the learner adheres to relevant standard ways of working, independently.

 (14–17)


Examiners Reports

Scrolling is becoming less of an issue, with better candidates using a variety of techniques to reduce scrolling or using frames and style sheets to reduce the effect of the reader. The most important thing is that the user is always able to navigate around the e-book and that vital links are not lost if the page scrolls. 

Standard ways of working were not always observed in that filenames were not meaningful and external assessors had difficulty in finding the start of the e-book.

Mark Band e

Mark Band 1

Mark Band 2

Mark Band 3

In creating the e-book, the learner

selects and uses some suitable ready-made multimedia components, although not always appropriately

creates and uses some suitable original multimedia components, although not always appropriately

selects and uses software tools, although not always appropriately

carries out some limited testing and quality control, but not sufficient to guarantee that it functions correctly.


(0–5)

In creating the e-book, the learner:

selects and uses suitable ready-made multimedia components appropriately

creates and uses suitable original multimedia components appropriately

selects and uses software tools appropriately

carries out adequate testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly.


(6–8)

In creating the e-book, the learner

selects and uses a range of suitable ready-made multimedia components effectively

creates and uses a range of suitable original multimedia components effectively

selects and uses appropriate software tools competently

carries out extensive testing and quality control of the e-book to ensure that it functions correctly and is fully fit for purpose.

(9–10)


Examiners Reports

Better candidates used suitable ready made components which related to the topic discussed. Weaker candidates often included inappropriate multimedia, for example in the form of un-necessary animated gif files. Occasionally, the candidates seemed to be unaware that the choice, positioning and mix of components had an effect on the e-books.

The use of original components is still rather weak. Better candidates opted to use an interview, which is a good idea, although candidates need to make sure that questions asked are relevant. Candidates must use an adequate range of
appropriate components to be awarded marks at the top end of the range. It is not sufficient to simply include components that are not in some way related to the page being look at.

Separate evidence of testing is still often provided in the form of test plans and screen dumps, as stated in previous examiner reports this is not necessary .Testing is demonstrated by the fact that a fully function e-book had been produced.

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