Multimedia is media and content that uses a combination of different content forms. The term can be used as a noun a medium with multiple content forms or as an adjective describing a medium as having multiple content forms. The term is used in contrast to media which only use traditional forms of printed or hand-produced material.
Multimedia includes a combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content forms. Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance.
Multimedia also describes electronic media devices used to store and experience multimedia content. Multimedia is similar to traditional mixed media in fine art, but with a broader scope. The term rich media is synonymous for interactive multimedia. Hypermedia can be considered one particular multimedia application.
Multimedia presentations may be viewed in person on stage, played locally with a media player. A broadcast may be a live or recorded multimedia presentation. Broadcasts and recordings can be either analog or digital media technology. Digital online multimedia may be downloaded.Streaming multimedia may be live.