Multimedia and Virtual Reality Engineering

Multimedia and Virtual Reality Engineering

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This is the complete practical introduction to virtual reality and multimedia for those wishing to build systems. It covers the foundations and engineering needed to design and construct projects incorporating video, audio and textural elements and including the use of the latest hardware, to create an artificial world for education, information or entertainment. Production and authoring platforms are described, computer animation and hypertext are covered, but those looking for pages of software listings and computerspeak will be disappointed. This book is about the nuts and bolts: sound and video cards, head mounted displays, CrystalEyes glasses, other 3D glasses for entertainment, audio and video production, and realistic auditory and visual stimulation including stereoscopy. The creation of Cyberspace, and strategies to achieve a complete Cyberatmosphere are presented. Three-dimensional sound generation and video techniques that have never previously been published are revealed. This is the handbook for anyone working in the industry, or hoping to enter it. It also provides a guide for those hoping to 'cross-fertilise' the industry, coming from audio, video, computing or engineering backgrounds. A complete technical guide to MM and VR Includes a Hypertext edition of the book with added audio and graphics on CD Hardware, software, video and never before published 3D audio techniques coveredA complex music or speech wave will therefore have a peak-to-peak value 10 dB (or 3.16 times) higher: 2.82 volts pk- pk. In practice, more headroom is occasionally necessary. A circuit for driving a moving coil VU meter is given in Figure 8.4.

Title:Multimedia and Virtual Reality Engineering
Author:Richard Brice
Publisher:Butterworth-Heinemann - 1997


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