Basic Multimedia

OS/2 comes with some basic multimedia support built in. You can not only view images and video, you can play and even edit sound files using the multimedia support that comes built in with OS/2. If you open the Programs folder on the OS/2 desktop and open the Multimedia folder that you find within it you will find that you have the following options available to you.

OS/2 Multimedia Folder

The first thing that you notice is that there doesn't appear to be a program listed that will play sound files. This isn't really a problem because the player is built into the operating system in such a way that you only need to double click on any sound file in order to play it. The sound file will then play in the background so long as you don't close the folder that contains that file. A number of sound files are included in the Sound Bites folder including a number of midi files that each contain a piece of music that will play for several minutes.

The multimedia programs that are listed in this folder for you to use are:

These options between them give your computer quite a reasonable multimedia capability without the need to aquire any additional software. Also, you don't only get the programs, you also get several folders filled with various movies, bitmaps, sound bites, and images that you can use with your computer system.

The only basic multimedia options that are missing and for which additional software is required are editors for images and movies and a player for movie formats other than avi. The biggest problem is Apple Quicktime movies because the windows 3.1 version of the Quicktime player is one of the few windows programs that does not work under OS/2.

For displaying images and movies and playing music cds and playing or editing wav or midi files, the programs supplied with the operating system will most likely meet all of your needs unless your computer usage specifically relates to multimedia in which case you will probably have acquired much more sophisticated programs to perform these tasks (and probably wouldn't be reading this page anyway).

The supplied sound files can easily be set to play whenever a particular action takes place on your computer system. You can easily assign different sounds to opening and closing windows, displaying error messages and so on. To use any of the supplied sound files with your system you just go into the Sound option and assign the desired sound to whichever action you wish.

Finally there is also a volume control for those times that you need to adjust or mute the sound output from your computer.

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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