A taxonomy on multimedia synchronization

T. Meyer, W. Effelsberg, R. Steinmetz
1993 4th Workshop on Future Trends of Distributed Computing Systems  
Multimedia systems allow the integration of data streams of different types, including continuous media (audio and video) and discrete media (text, data, still images). The information contained in these data streams is often interrelated, and multimedia systems must guarantee to maintain such relationships as the streams are stored, transmitted and presented to the user. This is usually called "Multimedia Synchronization". Unfortunately different authors use the term with diperent and often
more » ... perent and often confusing meanings. This article proposes a taxonomy of multimedia synchronization, introducing three layers of abstraction: a Media Layer dealing with intra-stream synchronization, a Stream Layer specifying inter-stream synchronization, and an Object Layer defining the relationships between multimedia objects in the style of an authoring language. An example illustrates the taxonomy throughout this paper.
doi:10.1109/ftdcs.1993.344170 fatcat:fdtwl3en7ngo5h4jcojouyh72y