[AI] Tech Dose of the Day: Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 27 06:29:03 EST 2008


Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)
contributor : Vivekasundaram M (from MphasiS Software
Services)
What is SMIL?
Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
pronounced "smile." It’s a format for delivering and
synchronizing multimedia content on the Web.
Introduced in the summer of 1998 by the W3C, it is a
document type (DTD) of XML and provides the timing
commands that enable audio, video and graphics
elements to be executed sequentially or in parallel.
SMIL supports multimedia streaming protocols such as
RTSP. SMIL is used to create slide-show presentations
and the SMIL technology has the ability to display
multiple file types like text, video, and audio. SMIL
refers to media objects by URLs, allowing them to be
shared between presentations and stored on different
servers for load balancing. The language can also
associate different media objects with different
bandwidths. SMIL files commonly use the .smil file
extension. SMIL is an easy-to-learn HTML-like
language, and many SMIL presentations are written
using a simple text-editor.
What are the players supporting SMIL?
Below are few players which support SMIL:
AMBULANT, Helix Player, Quicktime Player, RealPlayer,
Totem, Windows Media Player (Playlist Files), KMPlayer
and t68.
Further References
Wikipedia :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronized_Multimedia_Integration_Language
Tutorial :
http://www.w3schools.com/smil/default.asp


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