FA17S1 Creative Multimedia Software

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Creative/Multimedia Software Definition

Creative and multimedia software is a combination of viewing and organization & creating and editing. These can often be split into two categories: only viewing and playback options or creating/editing images, audio, and video.

Characteristics of Creative/Mulitmedia Software

  • Image Creation and Manipulation
  • Video Managing, Creating, and Sharing
  • Organization of Media Files
  • Product Promotion and Accessibility

Media Software

General Definition:

Media Software is defined as, "a software application for playing back [and editing] multimedia files, including audio and/or video." (1)

Main Types of Media Software:

  • Photo Editing
  • Audio Creation
  • Audio Playback
  • Video Creation
  • Video Playback

Photo Editing

General Definition:

Photo Editing Software "is used to crop and touch up photos, as well as organize them into albums and slide shows." (2)

  • Beginner Photo Editing:
  1. PicMonkey
    • Description: Online photo and editing software
    • Cost: Free with limitations; $47.88 annually ($3.99 a month) or $7.99 a month for PicMonkey Premium with few limitations; $99.99 annually ($8.33 a month) for PicMonkey Supremium with no limitations
    • Access: PicMonkey
  2. Canva
    • Description: Graphic design tool
    • Cost: Free with limitations; $12.95 a month for Canva for Work with no limitations
    • Access: Canva
  3. Fotor
    • Description: Online photo editing tool
    • Cost: Free for Fotor Basic; $39.99 a year ($3.33 a month) for annual subscription for Fotor Pro; $8.99 a month for Fotor Pro
    • Access: Fotor
  • Professional Photo Editing
  1. GIMP
    • Description: Open-Source software designed for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and more, this software provides users with full editing and creation capabilities.
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: GIMP
  2. PaintShop Pro 2018
    • Description: Photo editing software with professional capabilities such as RAW and Vector editing, graphic design, photo touch-up, and creative capabilities not found in other software.
    • Cost: PaintShop Pro 2018 full version: $79.99 with a free package; PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate full version: $99.99 with free package
    • Access: PaintShop Pro
  3. Adobe Photoshop
    • Description: Well-known photo editing and creation software for multiple platforms. Adobe Photoshop is mainly used by professionals, and allows for numerous technical capabilities involving photos.
    • Cost: Adobe Photoshop has many different prices, which vary based on the user(s) and the needs which must be met. Pricing should be researched based on consumer needs.
    • Access: Adobe Photoshop

Audio Software

General Definition:

Audio Software is defined as, "software to record and edit audio is often referred to as a digital audio editor. High-end systems for professionals are also called digital audio workstations." (3)

  • Audio Creation:
  1. Audacity
    • Description: Audio recording and editing software
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: Audacity
  2. SpeakPipe
    • Description: Free online voice recorder
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: SpeakPipe
  3. WavePad
    • Description: Audio recording and editing software for Windows
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: WavePad

  • Audio Playback:
  1. Spotify
    • Description: Music playback available on many platforms
    • Cost: Free with ads and limitations; $9.99 a month for Spotify Premium (no ads or limitations)
    • Access: Spotify
  2. iTunes
    • Description: Playback for music, movies, TV shows, and more for Apple devices
    • Cost: Free for Apple devices; prices vary for songs, movie, TV shows, etc.
    • Access: iTunes
  3. Pandora
    • Description: Customized playlist of radio stations for genres or artists
    • Cost: Free with ads and limitations; $4.99 a month for Pandora Plus or $54.89 a year for Pandora Plus; $9.99 a month for Pandora Premium or $109.89 a year for Pandora Premium
    • Access: Pandora

Video Software

General Definition:

Video Software is defined as software that, "consists of software for the post-production of video editing." (4)

  • Video Creation:
  1. Filmora
    • Description: Video creation and editing software with full technical capabilities for any type of video project.
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: Filmora
  2. Lightworks
    • Description: Full video creation and editing software for professionals. Includes optional packages for greater functionality.
    • Cost: $24.99 for one (1) month access with no packages; $174.99 for one (1) year access with one package option; $437.99 for outright license with both packages.
    • Access: Lightworks
  3. PowerDirector by CyberLink
    • Description: Video creation and editing software for beginners, to professionals. "The No. 1 Choice for Video Editors." (5)
    • Cost: $99.99 for Ultra Access; $129.99 for Ultimate Access; $249.99 for Ultimate Suite; $269.99 for Director Suite.
    • Access: PowerDirector by CyberLink

  • Video Playback:
  1. YouTube
    • Description: Open-source website designed for uploading, viewing, sharing, downloading, and general consumption of videos and media.
    • Cost: Free
    • Access: YouTube
  2. Plex
    • Description: Software which allows users to organize, save, share, stream, and download all types of media, videos in particular.
    • Cost: Free for General Access; Premium Access: $4.99 Monthly; $39.99 Yearly; $119.99 Lifetime Access
    • Access: Plex
  3. PowerDVD By CyberLink
    • Description: Powerful video viewing software for all types of videos, with optional Virtual Reality Capabilities.
    • Cost: $59.95 for Standard Access; $69.95 for Pro Access; $199.89 for Ultra Access
    • Access: PowerDVD

Other Media Types

  • Website Builders
  • 3D Image and Simulations
  • Virtual Reality Programs


  1. Study.com. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video, Chapter 1, Lesson 11. Accessed 2017
  2. PCMag.com. PC Mag Reviews. Definition: Photo Editor. Accessed 2017
  3. Study.com. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video, Chapter 1, Lesson 11. Accessed 2017
  4. Study.com. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video, Chapter 1, Lesson 11. Accessed 2017
  5. CyberLink.com. PowerDirector by CyberLink. Accessed 2017

Image: Lynda.com. Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training. Accessed 2017

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