Software & Terminology

Adobe software is made up of a suite of over 130 software applications but only 29 are part of the Creative Cloud Collection.  They all work seamlessly together and include desktop and mobile apps, access to assets like stock photos, fonts and vector graphics with video tutorials, community forums and creative networks where you can show off your creative genius.

Photoshop and Lightroom are use used to fix and enhance photographs. Photoshop has so many functions and capabilities that are useful to graphic designers and photographers primarily but also animators and publishers and even 3D artists. With the right filters, it can make  a photograph of a fat person look thin and a thin person looks fat. We are exposed to pictures that have been “photoshopped” quite regularly now. Lightroom does do some fixing and editing but was primarily designed to manage a lot of images and it keeps them organized.

InDesign was created to handle layouts for print like magazines, brochures, books etc. It can work for the amateur or top design professionals. It is very robust and the end results are very professional. Dreamweaver can be used to design, develop and maintain websites. It allows you to use code to create a site or wiz wig.  Site created in Dreamweaver can be uploaded to any servers or content management system like WordPress.

Premier edits digital videos. It’s ideal for professional photojournalists, filmmakers, and creative people. Like all creative cloud products it works on both Mac and Microsoft platforms but the right specs are required for it to run well. Audition is the best app for audio recording, mixing, and restoration. It is great for reducing background noise and allows you to place narration over music or record a podcast. I like Aftereffects for animation for the web because it allows you to work with multimedia files altogether.For more information Go Here.


All of these and high-end robust applications but sometimes errors occur. Some of the most common include:

  1. A12E1 error, which is a problem with the installation of either the software of Creative Cloud itself. There are a few things you can do to fix yourself, which include, restarting your computer, reinstalling Creative Cloud, close other processes that are going on at the same time and verifying system certificates.
  2. Various error occurs because there is not internet access in which case you can check connections or the service provider.
  3. Update errors are also quite common but you can always check for updates by clicking on the Creative Cloud icon on the top right menu bar (of the Apple laptop).
  4. Errors often occur due to firewall configurations and are usually handled by the office network manager or tech or by changing the setting on the preferences of your computer.
  5. Sometimes an error occurs when downloading particular software. The solution offered by Adobe is to rename the folder on your hard drive for the AAMUpdater or temporarily disable the antivirus program.


In a multimedia presentation, it is possible to create a project using several of the software applications on the one project. Photoshop and Illustrator can be used to create the graphics, Audition to records dialogue and adjust background music. Premiere Pro can be used to edit the video and After Effects to put it all together.


Multimedia terms from the PC Tech Guide. Click Here

The Web is otherwise known as the World Wide Web.

Web Browser is the application used to gain access to the web. Most popular are Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

A Watermark is a background image that remains stationary so as too late a graphic or video.

Virtual Reality is a computer generated an image of a 3D intense.

Video1 is a default video compression algorithm that produces 8- or 16-bit video sequences.

Video CD allow for viewing and transporting video files

Video Capture captures video input to the memory.

VHS is an old format for recording video

VDRV means variable data rate video.

VDI is the video device interface.

VCR records videos

URL is the Uniform Resource Locator: the address used in the browser to locate a specific internet location.

The teleconference is a meeting not help with everyone in the same place.

SVCD or Super VCD is the VCD format that uses MPEG-2 compression to store between 35 and 80 minutes (depending on bit rate) of SVHS quality video on a CD.

Sub-sampling is a form of file compression, it reduces the amount of digital data used to represent an image.

SSE is a Streaming SIMD Extensions:

sRGB is Standardized Red, Green, and Blue: the color space standard established by the International Electrotechnical Commission

SMPTE Timecode an 80-bit standardized edit time code adopted by SMPTE, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

SIF is Standard Interchange Format: format for exchanging video images

Scalability is the ability to vary the information content of a program by changing the amount of data that is stored, transmitted or displayed.

S-Video is a type of standard video signal that is used in Hi8, S-VHS, and some laserdisc formats.

RTV stands for Real Time Video

RPC stands for Regional Playback Control used to prevent unauthorized playback of DVD discs.

RLE is Run Length Encoding for Microsoft.

RIFF stands for Resource Interchange File Format: platform-independent multimedia specification (published by Microsoft and others in 1990) that allows audio, image, animation, and other multimedia elements to be stored in a common format. See also Media Control Interface (MCI).


QuickTime is Apple’s video environment (like Microsoft’s Video For Windows).

A PDF file is a Portable Document Format by Adobe

PAL is Phase Alternating Line: video format – used in most of Western Europe, Australia, and China as well as in various African, South American and Middle Eastern countries.

The overlay is you superimpose one graphics or recorded video signal.

NTSC stands for National Television Standards Committee.

Multimedia is the delivery of information, combining different content formats  such as motion video, audio, still images, graphics, animation, text, etc.

MPEG-4 is the standard for video compression that is targeted at bit rates of tens of kilobytes

MPEG-2 is the newer MPEG-2 standard offers resolutions of 720×480 and 1280×720 at 60 fps, with full CD-quality audio.

MPEG-1 video is used in VideoCDs,

MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group

MPC stands for Multimedia PC

Motion-JPEG is a JPEG that includes some keyframe-based compression making it suitable for video. Read More

Motion Video is a video that displays real motion by displaying a sequence of images (frames) rapidly enough that the eyes see the image as a continuously moving picture.

Morph is short for metamorphosing.

miniDVD is a disc with up to 15 minutes of DVD

MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension: the format for transferring multimedia type file transfers across the Internet.

MCI stands for Media Control Interface platform controls devices for playback units.

Laser Disc is an optical disk used for full-motion video.

Keyframe are intervals points and working out the differences between that frame and the following frames. This means that only small pieces of information need to be stored in each frame in order to allow the whole frame to be reconstructed.

JavaScript is a scripting language for Web pages.

Java is a programming language, designed for networked systems such as the Web.

Interactive Video is video and computer technology that affects the way in which the program unfolds.

IMA stands for Interactive Multimedia Association: an industry association chartered with creating and maintaining standard specifications for multimedia systems.

IEEE 1394 – FireWire is an international high-performance serial bus standard that offers the real-time data transfer of video, audio, and peripheral applications through a universal I/O interface. With this technology, digital cameras, CD-ROMs, printers, hard-disk drives and audio/stereo equipment can move data at high speeds to desktops and portable computers through a single cable.

The hyperlink is a link from text or from an image map to a page or other type of file on the WWW. On Web pages, hyperlinks are the primary way to navigate between pages and among Web sites.

HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol which is how the Web browser and the server communicate.

HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language for creating hypertext documents used on the internet.

HDTV is High Definition TV

Full-Motion Video is video reproduction at 30 frames per second

Frame Grabber is a device that “captures” one complete video frame.

Frame Rate is how fast the source repaints the screen with a new frame.

The frame is a single, complete picture in video or film recording.

Digital Video is a consumer digital video format providing up to 90 minutes of record time in long-play mode.

DeskTop Publishing is software that helps a designer to create print projects.

DSS stands for Digital Satellite System, a network of satellites that broadcast digital data like Direct TV.

Digital Video is represented by computer-readable binary numbers that describe a finite set of colors and luminance levels. Read More

Digitization is the process of transforming analog video signal into digital information.

Delivery System is the equipment used by end users to run or “play” an interactive program.

CSS stands for Content Scrambling System: the copy protection system used for DVD media. It is implemented in chipsets inside the DVD player. Read More

Color Keying os the superimposing of one image over another for special effects.

Colour Cycling means of a simulating motion in a video by changing colors.

Codec converts analog signals, such as video and voice signals, into digital form and compresses them to conserve bandwidth on a transmission path.

CIF stands for Common Image Format: the standardization of the structure of the samples that represent the picture information of a single frame in digital HDTV, independent of frame rate and sync/blank structure. An image that is digitized to CIF format has a resolution of 352 x 288 or 352 x 240.

CGM stands for Computer Graphics Metafile: a standard format that allows for the interchanging of graphics images.

BLOB stands for Binary Large object: a database entity comprising multimedia objects – such as images, videos, and sound – stored as a collection of binary data.

AVI stands for Audio Video Interleaved: Microsoft’s file format for digital video and audio under Windows.

Avatar is a digital representation of yourself in a digital environment.


AV stands for Audio Visual or Audio Video: refers to equipment used in audio and video applications, such as microphones, video tape machines (VCRs), sound systems and hard disk systems for storing digitized audio or video data.

The asset is the term for all the constituent media files (such as text, graphics, sounds, video) that make up a multimedia movie.

The applet is a small program that performs a limited range of tasks as part of a Web page.

Animated GIF is a file containing a series of GIF images that are displayed in rapid sequence by some Web browsers, giving an animated effect.

Analogue Video is a video signal that represents an infinite number of smooth gradations between given video levels.

ActiveX will allow smooth animations and interactivity over the Internet.

Acrobat produces documents to be displayed on the screen, for print, with the correct fonts and layout.

WWW stands for World Wide Web: a collection of richly formatted graphic/hypermedia documents located on computers around the world and logically linked together by the Internet. With a graphical Web browser users can “surf” the Web by clicking highlighted words on the screen. Each click activates a hypertext link, connecting the user to another Web location identified by a URL.

Streaming is the technique for transferring data such that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream.

Screen Door Effect is common with LCD-based projectors and relates to a viewer’s awareness of the grid or spacing between the pixels. The lines which form the grid are, in fact, where the panel’s control electronics are preventing light from shining through the panel.

1080i is one of the resolution specifications used in the HDTV

Front Projection is when a projection unit is positioned in front of the screen.

Rear Projection is when the rear projection, the projector is placed behind a translucent screen. See also Front Projection.

Home Theatre is a home theater system is a combination of audio-video components – such as a TV, VCR, DVD player and surround-sound speaker system – designed to recreate the experience of watching a movie in a cinema.

SDTV is Standard-definition television which is able to transmit and produce images which are of a higher quality than standard analog broadcasts. SDTV is typically a 480i signal – where “480” represents the vertical resolution and “i” represents interlaced.



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