; Multimedia applications of Document Imaging

Multimedia applications of Document Imaging

Document Imaging turns your computer into a virtual filing cabinet where any and all of your everyday forms, reports and other space-consuming papers can be stored conveniently and accessibly. This you may already know, but what you don’t know is the extent to which imaging technology can be applied. The A&L Document Console extends its EMR capabilities considerably: the ability to not only store the contents of sheets of paper within your computer, but audio and video clips as well.

Some of you may be familiar with common computer audio and video formats – the current publicity surrounding MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, RealMedia and various other formats being a prime example – but it is more than likely that even if an office wants to transfer its raw video or recorded audio to a computer-readable format, it lacks both the time and skill to see such an application through. Enter Document Console, which gives the user an easy-to-use interface through which sound and video storage can be done quickly and with a minimal knowledge of the technology behind such a process. Plus, with this new feature, it becomes possible to index every single item which enters your office in a single program, increasing overall organization and making sure you won’t be misplacing important clips and such.

How A&L Document Console manipulates video and audio files

Suppose you wanted to tape an operation, either for archival use or because you think it’ll be fun to show people at parties. You would probably use a mini-camera inserted into the patient to get the footage you need, but the video itself would most likely be stored in standard VHS form. If you wanted to store this video on your computer, you would need to use a third-party software package to transfer the information to machine-readable form and compress the resulting data (there are several means of compressing video, among them software from Microsoft and Real Networks. But how does it work is beyond the scope of this article? Once transferred, this video would be stored as a normal file on the hard disk, with an extension befitting its compression method (e.g. avi, mpg, mpeg, wmv, divx, MP4, flv, QuickTime, and more...) This is when Document Console comes in handy. Using Document Console, you can read this file into a database for quick indexing, and by doing so be able to call it up at any time by whatever name you designate for it (using the Query Language, familiar to all Console users). Document Console contains tools for playback of most audio and video formats, eliminating the need for separate movie players. This allows you to remain organized and efficient, no matter how many movies you store on your hard drive.

This is an important step forward for the Document Console software package – it brings us closer to becoming a complete storage and manipulation tool for all your media needs, allowing you to run a more organized, efficient office.

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