Multimedia developers generate and manipulate graphic images, animations, sound, text and video into consolidated and seamless multimedia applications. Multimedia applications include computer-based interactive training, data presentation and information kiosks, CD-ROMs, entertainment and educational products, and multimedia presentations.
Duties & Tasks
Multimedia developers may perform the following tasks:
- talk with clients to understand their requirements
- investigate, analyse and recommend appropriate equipment and software to achieve clients' objectives
- prepare flowcharts and storyboards to outline product concepts
- prepare code to produce the multimedia product
- prepare digital graphics, animations, sound, video, photographs and images for editing
- prepare design concepts
- liaise with related graphics, production and engineering experts
- manage the development and implementation of multimedia products.
An author-based programmer applies appropriate multimedia authoring technologies to conceptualise, design, assemble and integrate a variety of images, text, animation and sound before selecting and applying the desired programme structure to produce a multimedia end product. This may involve writing scripts, using namespaces and packages, and writing extensions. This process is sometimes described as 'authoring a multimedia sequence'.
Computer-based Graphic Designer
A computer-based graphic designer uses computing technology and specialist software packages to manage the production, interface and integration of various graphics and other media into the multimedia package design. This includes the design of art and copy layouts for CD-ROM and multimedia products. It is possible to further specialise and focus on specific industry sectors such as advertising, corporate design, internet or mobile applications, or exhibition design.
Digital Video-Sound Editor
A digital video-sound editor is involved in the computer-based editing of video sound for multimedia products. Working under the instruction of directors, editors make decisions with regard to the mood, pace and climax of sound effects. This involves working closely with other professional staff to analyse, evaluate and select sound effects for integration with images and other mediums.
An instructional designer designs and develops educational products, learning support resources and delivery/assessment tools. Instructional designers increasingly take advantage of the flexibility offered by multimedia applications to target specific learning objectives and audiences.
- aptitude for computing and design
- creativity and artistic flair
- ability to both lead and follow instructions
- strong client focus
- commitment to understanding and using new technology
- ability to meet deadlines
- understanding of colour and form
- patient and attentive to detail.