Introduce the problem of media overconsumption and its effects on people and the environment
a) people spend too much time watching TV and playing games. ‘Media overload’ is the term used to describe how long we spend in front of a screen doing various forms of media devices, such as watching TV and playing computer games. Many kids spend more time playing computer games than reading books. And we are increasingly addicted to being online. Recent research at the University of Lincoln revealed that only one in four people in the UK regularly exercises, compared with half of children in 1995.
b) the idea that TV and computer games are a new threat to our health has been around for 15 years. In the early 90s, when they were first invented (by Sinclair Research) they were touted as a new kind of modem that could replace telephones – and save us from being tied to our desks. But by the mid noughties computer games had become an epidemic. Media monitoring service Free Nielsen reported a growth in usage of more than 50% per year for kids aged six to nine between 1997 and 2001.
Discuss different types of media converters and their benefits
a) Media converters are devices that allows you to convert media from one type to another. For example, you can buy a converter box or use a software or hardware device.
b) There are many different types of media converters, along with their benefits. Some people use them to change a movie from one format to another. People who make DVDs in television studios might need them when they have material that needs converting from one format to another for airing.
c) With the ever-growing popularity of media converters, it’s great to know what kind is best for you and your needs.
d) Summing up, media converters are useful devices to have in your home whether you’re a serious computer gamer or a movie buff.
Describe how to use a media converter to save or share files
a) You can use a media saver and converter to convert your media files into anything you want. For example, if you have some video files and want to burn them to a CD so you can watch them in your home DVD player, or transfer them to one of your portable devices without uploading them to the cloud (i.e. sharing them), you can convert the files using a device or software.
b ) The files will be decoded and saved in new formats, so the video quality might change, especially if you convert from a high-definition format (AVCHD) to a lower one (MP4). However, this is not always the case, so you should try it and see if you are happy with the result. Some converters can even improve video quality.
c) If you want to share your files with friends , go to the studio or use your home DVD player.
If you want to keep the files with you and play them on your portable device (i.e. iPhone, iPad, etc.), use a disk-burning utility that is compatible with your device. They also have a variety of formats, but you should check if the format is supported by your device before converting. This is usually indicated in the help file for the converter.
Provide examples of how people are using media converters to make a difference in their lives
a) People who have a media saver and converter can make a difference in their lives by using it to convert media files into files that can be used anywhere and on any device. For example, you can convert media files into audio files and play it on your iPod. You can also convert media files into text files that can be read on your computer or printed. For example, you can convert a file in PDF format to plain text document format and print it on your printer. Or you could convert a file in MP3 format to audio files and play them on your iPod.
b) Media savers and converters are not new and have been around for many years. For example, almost all computers and mobile devices have a file browser, where files in different formats can be accessed. However, today’s media savers and converters are not just for computers and cell phones. For example, people can now carry around a portable media converter with them anywhere they go.
c) People who have a media saver or converter can make a difference in their lives by making the media saved from their photos, music, video and documents available to everyone. For example, you can take a photo of your family and save it in your media saver or converter. You can then email it to friends and family or share it through social media. You can convert your movies or TV shows to MP4 files that are compatible with your iPod, PSP, iPad and other devices.