Multimedia artists design computer-delivered electronic systems that allow the user to control, combine, and manipulate different types of media, such as text, sound, video, computer graphics, and animation. The most common multimedia machine consists of a personal computer with a sound card, modem, digital speaker unit, and CD-ROM. Interactive multimedia systems under commercial development include cable television services...

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Multimedia Artists
Multimedia artists design computer-delivered electronic systems that allow the user to control, combine, and manipulate different types of media, such as text, sound, video, computer graphics, and animation. The most common multimedia machine consists of a personal computer with a sound card, modem, digital speaker unit, and CD-ROM. Interactive multimedia systems under commercial development include cable television services with computer interfaces that enable viewers to interact with TV programs; high-speed interactive audiovisual communications systems, including video game consoles, that rely on digital data from fibre-optic lines or digitized wireless transmission; and virtual reality systems that create small-scale artificial sensory environments.

Multimedia specialists combine design and technical knowledge to create information and communication technology (ICT) based products that entertain, educate or inform the user.

These include:

  • CD-ROMs;
  • DVDs;
  • Websites.

Typical outputs include:

  • Entertainment products, such as computer games;
  • Education and training materials;
  • Advertising and marketing materials;
  • Catalogue databases and public information resources.

When the design is complete, multimedia specialists use authoring software to arrange the files in a single program (to enable interactivity and navigation through the product content). They also test and adjust the product to fix any technical problems, and produce documentation describing the creation, content and processes of files.

Typical work activities

Multimedia projects involve a number of tasks that deliver a mix of media and have a computer component to integrate them.

Software development projects bring together media elements into an application to run on a delivery platform which can support a combination of text, sound and images of all kinds, and can control software within a single digital information environment.