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September 2014 Mid Semester Examination

Academic Session 2014/2015


Faculty of Business and Management
BMIS 33135 MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS
Date: 28 October 2014

Time: 1.00 noon -2.30 pm


(11/2 Hours)

Instructions to Candidates
1.

Please ensure that this question paper consists of SIX (6) printed pages, excluding the
cover page, before you start the examination.

2. You will have 10 minutes to read the paper. Do not start writing until you are told to do so.
3. This paper consists of two (2) sections A, and B :
Section A (Structured Questions) (40 marks)
Answer ALL FOUR (4) questions and answer in the answer book provided.
Section B (Long Answer Questions)(20 marks)
Choose any ONE (1) question and answer in the answer book provided.
4. Work that you consider incorrect should be crossed out with a single line but should not be
erased or rendered unreadable.
5. Use only black or blue pen for all work other than graphs and diagrams, which may be
done in pencil.
6. Do not remove any question/answer booklet from the Examination Hall.
7. You are allowed to use a silent, non-programmable calculator for your work. All workings
must be shown.

Section A: (Structured Questions) (40 marks)


Answer ALL questions in this section.

BMIS 33135 Mid Semester Exam Sept 2014


QUESTION 1
Sound is perhaps the most sensuous element of multimedia. It is meaningful speech in any
language, from a whisper to a scream. It can provide the listening pleasure of music, the startling
accent of special effects, or the ambience of a mood-setting background.
(a) Differentiate between MIDI audio and digital audio.
[4 marks]
(b)

State TWO (2) requirements when creating a MIDI sound.


[2 marks]

(c)

Give TWO (2) conditions when you should choose MIDI sound and when you should
choose digital sound.

[4 Marks]
[Total 10 Marks]

QUESTION 2
Graphic elements can usually be scaled to different sizes, colorized or patterned or made
transparent, placed in front of or behind other objects, or be made visible or invisible on
command. They are drawn in one of two ways and are usually compressed.
(a)

Discuss TWO (2) types of still images.

[10 marks]
[Total 10 Marks]

BMIS 33135 Mid Semester Exam Sept 2014


QUESTION 3
Text in the form of words, sentences, and paragraphs is used to communicate thoughts, ideas, and
facts in daily life. Text may not be as visually exciting as some of the other media types,
but it often conveys essential and precise information.
(a)
(b)

State THREE (3) ways text can be used in multimedia presentation.


Define the following text terminologies:
i.
Leading
ii.
Kerning
iii.
Typeface
iv.
Font
v.
Styles
(c)
Distinguish between sans serif and serif.

[3 marks]
[1 mark]
[1 mark]
[1 mark]
[1 mark]
[1 mark]
[2 marks]
[Total 10 Marks]

QUESTION 4
Drawing in perspective or in 3-D on a two-dimensional surface takes special skill and talent.
Creating objects in three dimensions on a computer screen can be difficult for designers
comfortable with squares, circles, and other x (width) and y (height) geometries on a twodimensional screen.
(a)

Give TWO (2) elements that 3-D software usually offers to create a 3-D image.

(b)

Explain how can a 2-D image that can be transformed into three dimensional.

(c)

[4 marks]
Color can add realism in 3-D images. Differentiate between additive and subtractive

[2 marks]

color.

[4 marks]
[Total 10 Marks]

BMIS 33135 Mid Semester Exam Sept 2014


Section B: (Structured Questions) (20 marks)
Answer ONE question only in this section.
QUESTION 1
Even a single word may be cloaked in many meanings, so as the multimedia designer begins
working with text, it is important to cultivate accuracy and conciseness in the specific words you
choose. Multimedia authors weave words, symbols, sounds, and images, and then blend text into
the mix to create integrated tools and interfaces for acquiring, displaying, and disseminating
messages and data.
(a)
(b)
(c)

Differentiate between hypertext and hypermedia.


Describe what HTML documents are.
Explain about the following:
i.
Animated text
ii.
Icons
iii.
Jaggies

[12 marks]
[4 marks]
[2 marks]
[2 marks]
[2 marks]
[Total 20 Marks]

QUESTION 2
Audio can be used to enhance multimedia applications in a number of ways, for example in
delivering lectures over the web, music used to add interest and emotion to a presentation, and
other non-speech audio used as part of a general interface.
Because of these, as an audio composer in one multimedia project, you are asked to come out
with a proposal to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using sound in your multimedia
project.
(a) Discuss THREE (3) advantages and disadvantages of using sound in multimedia project.
(b)

[12 marks]
You also have to decide whether to use MIDI sound file or digital sound file. Which ONE
(1) do you prefer? Justify you answer with FOUR (4) reasons.

[8 marks]
[Total 20 Marks]

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