With the increasing use of digital imaging in general consumer applications, there is a great deal of interest in developing
new products that increase the value and enjoyment level of viewing digital images in consumers' living rooms. One way
to enrich image viewing and sharing is to combine images with voice annotation and music. A picture VCD system
(PVCD) was developed for multimedia authoring, centered around and driven by still photos, with an emphasis on
composing still images with sound, including music and spoken annotations. We describe the overall system, as well as
major enabling technology components, including multimedia authoring, semantic image classification, and cross-media
indexing. The finished multimedia bit stream is primarily recorded on DVD or VCD to facilitate enriched enjoyment
through a TV set, but can also be shared on a desktop/laptop, via email, or online.