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  • The term was originally used to describe works of art, particularly modern art, that include different media, for example, installation art works that use video or a sculpture that uses metal, paper, textiles, and paint. The term is now used to describe works that combine more than one digitized medium, usually two or more of video, still image, sound, and text.

    A multimedia work may be as simple as a series of slide images advancing at specified intervals and accompanied by a sound track. More complex works can include graphics, animation, and interactive components—for example, Internet-based multiple-user virtual-reality games. Image, video, and sound files tend to be large, even when compressed, and require greater bandwidth for network delivery and more storage space than text-containing files.

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