Software for Careers in Audio & Video Production

Read up on software for audio and video production careers, and see which entry-level jobs you could perform with your computer skills.

audio engineer in studio at a recording session

Those interested in computer technology and electronics are tailor-made for careers in audio or video production.  Audio and video engineers and editors work in post-production of film, video, television productions—and even live events such as concerts—on highly technical equipment such as sound boards and special effects mixers; and editors use computer hardware and software to cut video and film and visually tell the story the director and scriptwriter want to tell.

But you'll also need to bring your creative—as well as technical—side to a career in video or audio production in order to excel in this competitive field.

What You'll Do

As an audio or sound engineer you'll perform tasks such as these:

  • Audio recording
  • Live sound reproduction
  • Audio for video and film
  • Broadcast production for television or radio
  • Audio for concerts, sports events or other live events, such as conventions
  • Mix and produce audio in analog or digital formats

As a video production engineer you perform tasks such as these:

  • Edit video using editing software
  • Lighting design
  • Choose camera equipment
  • Operate camera equipment
  • Process film in analog and digital formats

Audio and Video Computer Software Overview

Computer software is the state of the art way to go when editing audio and video and you'll find an abundance of product out there to choose from. The Video Production Software Review for 2013 conducts an annual survey of best products for video and audio production engineers and their top selections include the following brands of software:

  • Apple Final Cut Studio
  • Adobe Production Premium
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Avid Media Composer
  • MAGIX Video Pro X
  • Soundtrack Pro

These software products generally allow you to perform tasks such as video and audio editing, motion graphics design, color grading, video encoding, authoring, film processing, music creation, noise reduction, multitrack editing, voice-level match, and missing surround sound right on your computer.

So, if you've been working in the computer technology field—or are wondering how you can put your technology skills to work in a more creative industry, now is the time to consider attending audio or video production school. You can enter the field in as little as two years in roles such as these:

  • AV technician
  • Audio engineer
  • Radio producer
  • Assistant sound technician
  • Video editor
  • Video producer
  • Videographer