Collaborative multimedia documents: Authoring and presentation

K. Selçuk Candan*, B. Prabhakaran, V. S. Subrahmanian

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Multimedia documents are composed of different data types such as video, audio, text, and images. Authoring a multimedia document is a creative exercise. Unlike traditional computer supported collaborative work where documents are composed of static objects, multimedia documents have temporal and spatial requirements that must be supported by any collaborative multimedia platform. In this paper, we show that most requirements (including temporal and spatial) for collaborative multimedia authoring systems can be expressed in terms of a higly structured class of linear constraints called prioritized difference constraints. Based on our prioritized difference constraint-based characterization, we develop efficient, incremental algorithms for creating and modifying multimedia documents so as to satisfy the required temporal and spatial constraints. We further develop methods to identify incosistent requirements, and show how such inconsistencies may be removed through constraint relaxation techniques. We also report on the collaborative heterogenous interactive multimedia platform (CHIMP) system developed using the framework described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1111
Number of pages53
JournalInternational Journal of Intelligent Systems
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Artificial Intelligence


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