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Using Key Objects to Select Multimedia Objects

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117171D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McGinnis, NM: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method to allow appropriate selection of multimedia objects based on user preferences and Personal Computer (PC) capabilities is disclosed. A collection of related objects are created called key objects. When an application needs to present an object from the set, criteria are used to select the best fit for the end user running the application.

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Using Key Objects to Select Multimedia Objects

      A method to allow appropriate selection of multimedia objects
based on user preferences and Personal Computer (PC) capabilities is
disclosed.  A collection of related objects are created called key
objects.  When an application needs to present an object from the
set, criteria are used to select the best fit for the end user
running the application.

      It is difficult to write a general multimedia application when
users have different national language preferences and different PC
capabilities (sound cards, video cards, etc.).

      This concept is called key objects.  Key objects are a way of
grouping a related multimedia objects for use in an application.  The
actual multimedia object data may have different national language
attributes or different media formats associated with it.

      When an application end user requests an object, the key object
attributes and the user preferences and the PC capabilities are cross
referenced to determine the most appropriate match.

      As an example, a lecture has been recorded with a video piece
and a sound track.  Each language version for the sound track is a
separate multimedia object.  Since they are all related, they are
grouped as a key object.  When a student selects the lecture, we
determines the sound track to choose based on the user preferences
and determines whether the user's PC is equipped to handle the video
requirements as well....