Read the following article that has been taken from TechCentral of The Star Online (http://star-techcentral.com) dated Wednesday November 18, 2009. Based on the article, one of the important issues in multimedia technology is the use of open source software.
Animating with open-source
By STEVEN PATRICK
IF YOU watched the 15Malaysia (www.15Malaysia.com) independent film collection, you would have noticed a unique entry called Rojak! that combined live action with computer graphics. What is even cooler is that the filmmakers used open-source software to achieve this effect on the near-five-minute film. The fact is that the filmmakers — brothers Jordan, 29, and Mussadique Suleiman, 32 — are open-source software diehards.
The duo have been using open-source software for animation and editing TV commercials, documentaries and music videos for the past eight years. Better known as the Suleiman Brothers, they specialise in hand-drawn animation, 3D and 2D motion graphics, video compositing as well as image processing.
Mussadique has been using open-source tools for more than a decade. He started in 1996 when he was software-code writer because he found writing code on the Windows platform frustrating.
“I had heard of the open-source movement a few years before that and found that it had really matured in the mid 90s, so I switched,” Mussadique recalled.
Today, Mussadique has Linux on everything — his computers, mobile phone and PDA. His younger brother Jordan, shares his passion for open-source as it makes financial sense to use it in their filmmaking and animation endeavours. Jordan, however, is not a softwarecoding geek like his brother. He is a self-taught computer graphics and animation artist.
“A copy of Maya (a 3D animation software) costs RM15,000 while open-source software costs nothing. Linux is also light years ahead of proprietary systems in terms of flexibility of use. It is the most powerful operating system based on our experience and we have been using it throughout our careers,” he said.
a) Suggest and discuss one alternative software for each element of multimedia, namely:
i) Graphics, 
ii) Video, 
iii) Audio, 
iv) Animation, and 
v) Multimedia authoring. 
b) Do you think these software could be used for a big scale production?  Explain, why? 
[Total marks: 40 Marks]
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