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Proven and trusted by professional editors in every segment of film, television, and broadcast

Please Note: North America Sales Only.

The most popular video editing software just got even better. From first cut to final delivery, the new Media Composer is designed for makers at every skill level—with a modern and intuitive interface, task-based workspaces, built-in color finishing tools, plus packaging and codec support for OTT workflows.

All subscription licenses include:

  • Media Composer® | Software
  • Pro Sound Effects | First Library
  • Chroma Key Pro from NewBlueFX
  • ERA Voice Leveler from Accusonus
  • Avid Standard Support (including all software updates)

Get the tools you need

Got a story to tell? There’s a Media Composer for everyone. Get started for free with Media Composer | First. Access the full suite of industry-standard editing tools with the new low-cost Media Composer, starting at only $19.99 USD/month. Or gain real-time collaboration, MediaCentral integration, and additional dialog search, finishing, and newsroom tools with Media Composer | Ultimate.

What’s New in Media Composer 2020.6

Media Composer 2020.6 offers many new timesaving features to simplify, automate, speed up, and extend your workflow.

 

What’s New in Media Composer 2020.4

Bring more speed and ease to your workflow—NEW!

Media Composer 2020.4 is packed with tons of timesaving new features, enhancements, and improvements. Whether you’re working from home, in the studio, or in a remote location, discover the many ways you can simplify, speed up, and extend your creative endeavors.

Video Editing

From the first cut to final finishing, get the tools every video editor needs to create compelling stories faster.

Import & Manage

Work with any type of media and never lose sight of your content

Edit & VFX

Create compelling stories at the speed of your imagination.

Color & Deliver

Make projects look and sound better with advanced tools.

Finish in the box—or out

Whether you do all color correction, grading, and audio mixing in Media Composer, or roundtrip out to other applications, you can be confident that your work will accurately hit every delivery specification.

Total color precision NEW!

Media Composer future-proofs your content with its 32-bit floating-point color pipeline and ACES color support, ensuring consistent color accuracy from end to end. The Symphony Option offers advanced color grading tools and IMF packaging, so you can easily deliver to Netflix and other OTT specifications with confidence.

Produce dramatic HDR imagery

Tell stories that showcase true-to-life image quality with effortless HDR workflows. Import, edit, color grade, and deliver incredibly realistic imagery with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights.

Create studio-quality soundtracks

Make your story sound as good as it looks with a suite of audio tools and plugins. Create up to 64 tracks of dialogue, music, and sound effects in 7.1 surround. Or send all tracks and effects to Pro Tools for audio post—without having to transcode sequences first.

See: Media Composer Documentation in Avid Knowledge Base

 

Avid Media Composer Compatibility Chart

Audience and Availability
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Ideal for...Aspiring video professionals and beginners Professional editors and movie makers who work independently Professional editors, movie makers, and journalists who work in a collaborative environment Large broadcast and post-production teams with multiple roles contributing to the production that need administrative control and security, plus media education facilities
Availability A free download for anyone to useGet a 1-year subscription and pay monthly or in full; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available for those who prefer to own the software Get a monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year subscription; add the Media Composer | Cloud VM option to run Media Composer as virtual machine software; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available (does not include the software options that come with Media Composer | Ultimate)Annual subscription
Included software options Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option
General
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Projects Unlimited Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects
Bins 5 bins per project Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects*
* for perpetual licences only
Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects
Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects
Video and audio plugin supportAVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins
Transcode Limited
Consolidate Limited
Backward licensing compatibility Anyone can activate and run Media Composer | First 2018.9 and later* Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2018.9 and later* Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2018.9 and later* Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2019.6 and later*
Access control n/a n/a n/a Limit or restrict access by user or group to projects, bins, media functions, and more
* Get details on accessing older software in your Avid Account
Features
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Video EditingBest-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Multicam editing Group Clips
4-Way Split Display
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Video effects Limited core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
FrameFlex
Timecode tool
Print Timeline
List tool
Film workflows
Stereoscopic 3D
Color CorrectionCC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
Audio editing Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio effects Limited core setFull core setFull core setFull core set
Workspaces Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Interface customizationCustomize the interface for any production role in your organizatio
TitlesTitler+ Titler+
Marquee tool
Titler+
Marquee tool
Titler+
Marquee tool
Background render, transcode, and consolidate
Settings Limited User settings
Limited Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Keyboard Mapping Limited (based on available functions) Full Full Full
Source/Record color differentiationOn by defaultOff by default Off by default Off by default
Snap to EditOn by defaultOff by default Off by default Off by default
Auto-launch Effects EditorOn by default Off by default Off by default Off by default
Video and audio plugin supportAVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins
Avid MarketplaceIn-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade
Collaboration and Control
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Shared bins and projects Perpetual licenses only
MediaCentral workflow integration Perpetual licenses only
Avid NEXIS shared media workflows Perpetual licenses only
Role-based interface customization
Limit access to features, functions, media, and locations
Lock content export and publishing
Tracks
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Video tracks 464 64 64
Audio tracks 864 64 64
Data tracks Not SupportedFully supported Fully supported Fully supported
Video and Color
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Linked file support Full decode
SD, HD, >HD
File, Volume, and third-party export not supported
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Video file formatsSee the latestSee the latestSee the latestSee the latest
Project formats SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080 SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom
Frame rates 23.978p, 24p, 25i, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p
No progressive support for SD rasters
23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p 23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p 23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p
Native compression JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2KJFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2KJFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
Floating point timeline (32-bit)
Color spaces 601/709 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0
Desktop display LUTs n/aRec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
Audio
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Audio resolutions 32, 44.1, on-the-fly conversion to 48 kHz; 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit
Audio channelsMono, dual mono, stereo Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround
Import
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Source Browser
Drag-and-Drop Import
Drag-and-Drop Link
Photoshop w/Layers
Capture
Dynamic Media Folders
IMF Link With Symphony Option
OP1a Native Link and Import
OpenEXR decoding
AAF Import
EDL Import
ALE Import
Shot Log Import
SCC Import
Edit While Capture
Export
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
QuickTime (.mov) formats Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV
ProRes encoding (Mac only)
OpenEXR encoding
Publish to YouTube
Publish to Vimeo
Graphic Export Limited: TIFF, JPEG
AAF Export
ALE Export
AFE Export
Shot Log Export
SCC Export
TTML Export
AMA File Export
DPX Export
AS-11 MXF OP1a Export
DNxHD MXF OP1a Export
DNxHR MXF OP1a Export
J2K MXF OP1a Export
OP1a Export
IMF Export With Symphony Option
Export to Device
Send to...
Hardware Interfaces
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Avid Artist | DNxIQ
Avid Artist | DNxIV
Avid Artist | DNxIP
Avid Artist | DNxID
Avid and third-party audio interfaces Limited to 2-channel I/O
Third-party video interface
Control Surfaces
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Avid Control
Avid Dock
Avid S1
Artist Control
Artist Mix
Artist Color
Artist Transport
Software Options
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Media Composer | Symphony Option
(Included)
(Included)
Media Composer | NewsCutter Option
(Included)
(Included)
Media Composer | ScriptSync Option
(Included)
(Included)
Media Composer | PhraseFind Option
(Included)
(Included)
Media Composer | Production Pack
Media Composer | Distributed Processing
Media Composer | Cloud VM
Compatible Avid Solutions
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Interplay | ProductionPerpetual licenses only
Interplay | MAMPerpetual licenses only
MediaCentralPerpetual licenses only
MediaCentral | Cloud UXPerpetual licenses only
MediaCentral | Editorial
Avid NEXIS shared bins and projects Perpetual licenses only
iNEWSPerpetual licenses only
System Requirements
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Minimum system requirements Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details)Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)

License Types

For the most up to date informatuon on Avid Media Composer licensing, please read the Media Composer Licensing FAQ.

Media Composer now gives you more choices in how you acquire and use the software. Edit on premises or remotely through the cloud. Work on a Mac or PC. Access the software through a monthly or annual subscription or on demand with a floating license. Or own the software outright forever with a perpetual license. In addition, you can configure it your way with the options you need to get the job done, from real-time remote collaboration through Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere), to advanced color correction and mastering tools, iNEWS and ENPS integration, and software for creating effects, titles, and more. It’s the only professional editing solution that’s available everywhere you need it, the way you want it.

Media Composer | Software gives you more choices in how you acquire and use the software. There are 3 License Models for the latest Software:

Subscription License (“rent it”)

A Monthly or Annual “pay as you go” type of license.  You are always entitled to the latest version of Media Composer for the duration of your Subscription.  If your Subscription expires, you are no longer able to launch any version of Media Composer.

A standard Avid Support plan is included with all Media Composer | Software subscriptions and purchases. But if your support needs are more demanding, you can buy an upgrade to Elite support, either as a monthly or annual subscription plan.

Perpetual License (“own it”)

A Perpetual license is one that you own outright.  You are entitled to the latest version of Media Composer as long as you keep your Upgrade and Support Plan current.  If your Upgrade and Support Plan expires you may still launch Media Composer, but only the last version that was released while your Upgrade and Support Plan was active.  If you let your Upgrade and Support Plan expire for more than 30 days you must re-purchase Media Composer (Perpetual or Subscription) in order to receive the current version.

Dongles will be supported as part of Avid’s perpetual license. In this case, the only difference is that you will need to purchase a yearly Avid Support plan, which will provide new features, patches, and enhancements as well as access to standard Avid Support.

Floating License (“lease it”)

Avid offers a Floating License Server for large sites such as broadcast and educational facilities. Floating Licenses allow you to purchase a pack of licenses and ‘lease’ them out as needed. This application can be installed on any Windows server and allows customers to distribute multiple licenses (minimum of 5 as of July 8 2016) of the editing applications and software options using a single Activation ID. Licenses are checked out when a client launches Media Composer and check back in when the user closes the application. Seats can also be reserved for a specified duration allowing the user to take the client system offsite.

Retrieving your Activation ID or System ID

Avid products that utilize the Avid Unified Licensing Platform will present the user with an Activation ID and System ID (for products that utilize a System ID) in the INFO tab within the Avid License Control activation application. Note that the complete Activation ID may not be displayed as a security measure. You may also obtain your Activation ID or System ID using the following methods:

  • Avid Customer Support has access to all Activation IDs and can utilize customer information, device information, or System ID (if used) in order to look up the Activation ID for a specific product.
  • For products that utilize a System ID, the Avid software registration process requires that the customer provide their System ID in order to complete registration. If your System ID has been lost, and the product has been registered, Avid Customer support can look up your System ID (and associated Activation ID) within the registration database.
  • For products that have been associated to a customer’s Avid Web Account, the customer can log into their account and review entitlement information for all products under their account ownership (Note: Avid products that utilize the new Unified Licensing scheme and our updated registration process can also be associated to a customer’s Web Account. Information regarding previously purchased products that were obtained outside of the Avid web store may not be able to be accessed.)

How to return software

Customers may return products under the following conditions; as part of our 90-day Warranty program if they do not agree with the conditions of the Avid End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), or for a purchase refund if the product is unused (subject to the specific return policies of the point of purchase). Avid will require specific product and customer information as part of the returns process.

  • Unopened: Unopened software can be returned to the original point of purchase or the customer can contact Avid Customer Support, open the software package, provide the CS representative with the software Activation ID contained inside and then dispose of the software package.
  • Opened: (Only applies to products using the Avid Unified Licensing system.) If the software package has been opened prior to the return request, the customer must provide Avid Customer Support with the product’s Activation ID so that they can confirm that the software is not active. If the product was previously activated the customer must de-activate (see note below) any software prior to submitting a return request. Any return requests will be denied if the CS representative cannot validate that the software is inactive at the time of the request or if the return request was not submitted within a reasonable time after product activation.

Downloaded Software / Web Purchases: 

  • For products using the Avid Unified Licensing system: The customer must provide Avid Customer Support with the product’s Activation ID so that they can confirm that the software is not active. If the product was previously activated the customer must de-activate (see note below) any software prior to submitting a return request. Any return requests will be denied if the Avid Customer Support representative cannot validate that the software is inactive at the time of the request or if the return request was not submitted within a reasonable time after product activation.
  • For all other Avid products: It is only possible to return a download/digital product by sending a Letter of Destruction. You may also scan and email the document to shop.avid@arvatosystems.com. You will be refunded within 10 working days. Should you have any questions regarding the procedure, you may contact Avid Customer Support.

In-App purchases: In-App purchases are returned using the same method as downloaded software/web purchases (see above). Please note that Studio In-App purchases, such as Concert, are non-refundable. If you are having technical issues, please refer to our online forums for assistance or contact Avid Customer Support.

Rental Downloads: Please note that Activated Rental Downloads are not refundable once they have been activated. Packaged Systems (Hardware and Software): If the software portion of a packaged system has been unopened, the system can be returned to the point of sale. If the software has been opened it must first be deactivated prior to the return request (see Packaged Software > Opened above).
Note: You can deactivate your software using either the Avid License Control activation application or the help menu. Deactivation requires that the product is connected to the internet.  If no internet connection is available for your system, you will need to complete a Letter of Destruction form.

Switching from one license type to another
Certain products allow you to switch from one license type to another as part of the product upgrade process. For example, Media Composer allows users to switch from a Hardware Key licensing method to a Software node-locked license as part of the upgrade process (but not the other way around). Refer to specific upgrade information within each product web page for more details. Switching license types outside of the upgrade process for products that offer various licensing schemes may only be available on an exception basis and requires the involvement of an Avid Sales representative.

Moving a license within a legal entity
Transferring software rights within the legal entity that activated the software is authorized by the Avid EULA. If your license is limited to one hardware device, you may transfer your licensed copy of the software to a different device for your internal business use or your own personal enjoyment provided that you completely deactivate the software from the former device.

Changing ownership of an Avid software product
Avid allows for the one time permanent transfer of software licenses to another end user or legal entity. Academic and evaluation licenses are prohibited from any transfer of ownership (refer to the Avid EULA for more information).

For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements for the latest version of Media Composer.

Important: Avid dedicates a significant amount of engineering resources and time to test and qualify specific platform configurations. Our Customer Success and Engineering teams are equipped with these systems in our development and support labs. For an optimal experience with Media Composer, we strongly recommend choosing an Avid-qualified system. We cannot guarantee performance, compatibility, or the resolution of issues with other systems.

Windows

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer
  • Media Composer | Software requires a 64-bit Windows operating systems
    • Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise
    • Windows 8.1 Professional and Enterprise
    • Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1 only)
    • Windows OS Compatibility grid
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory:
    • 16GB minimum
    • 32GB (or more) recommended

Mac OS X

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Mac-based computer
  • Mac OS Compatibility grid
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory:
    • 16GB minimum
    • 32 (or more) recommended.
  • Additional Notes:
    • 12-core 2013 Mac Pro (Ivy Bridge 6,1 Cylinder) and dual 6-core Mac Pro (Westmere 5,1 tower) model CPU’s on Mac OSX 10.10.x (Yosemite) have known performance issues with playback, render, and transcode of RED material. If possible, customers with these CPUs that use RED workflows should stay on Mac OS 10.9.5 as it does not exhibit the same performance issues. (UPDATE: This is fixed with the latest RED AMA plugin v1.16.5 and later)

Additional Requirements

  • GPU Driver Support
  • Quicktime Support
    • Mac – 10.x
    • Win – 7.7.8
  • Windows Media Player Support – Windows Media Player 12 (for Windows 7)
    • Windows Media export compatibility is subject to Microsoft Windows Media updates.
  • AMA Plugin Compatibility
    • Check vendor’s website for latest 3rd party AMA plugin qualifications.
  • SSE 4.1 CPU instruction set

Avid Installation Notes/Videos

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What’s new in Avid Media Composer 2020.6

  • The latest update to Media Composer 2020.6 is available as of  June 23.
  • Customers who have already installed the latest version of Media Composer 2020.5 will be notified of the availability of the upgrade via Avid Link. They may download and install the update from Avid Link or from a browser-based MyAvid Master Account when desired.
  • New customers who purchase Media Composer from today onward will receive the 2020.6 update in their Avid Master Account.

 

Reminder: This release of Media Composer 2020.6 requires an active Update & Support plan. Please ensure your customers’ plans and licenses are both up-to-date before installing this update.

 

What’s fixed in 2020.6:  The following have been fixed in this release.

  • Bug Number: MCCET-3290. You might have received “FatalAbort VDM Scheduling failed” and “MultiFrameCombiner” errors when trimming.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3474. Marking an IN and OUT and then dragging an effect to the Timeline sometimes caused multiple additional add edits.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3237.  (Windows) FrameFlex scaling might have appeared blurry on some images.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3589.  (Media Composer Video Satellite) If the Timeline crossed midnight (00:00:00;00) playback would not start if the playhead was beyond halfway between 00:00:00;00 and the end of the sequence.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3479. When working with Edit While Capture subclips, the cursor and position indicator did not follow smoothly when scrubbing with the mouse.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3331. In some instances, linked MOV files failed when performing a background transcode.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3596. Adding Key Code to a Subclip did not work properly.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3635. AAF exports were much slower than in previous releases.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3597. You might have lost renders when working between two systems and using the Sapphire Plugin.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3577. In some instances, changes in the Timeline and audio were not correct after performing a batch re-import or relink of the audio.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3542. You might have received a “No such track” error after performing a mixdown for a sequence with a Timecode Burn-in effect.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3614. (macOS) (List Tool) When choosing to save an EDL “To several files” the save destination was not remembered.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3443 . When working with Paint Effect, video on a lower track appears when you first drag the paint object.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3481. If you zoomed in on a Paint Effect object in a sequence and then scrubbed the Timeline and moved the object, the image displayed was incorrect.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-3472. You might have received a “Fails Playout QC Process due to repeating idr_pic_ids” error when exporting 4K / UHD XAVC Class 300 media
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-12926. (macOS) If you have upgraded to macOS 10.15.4, there is a known issue with local attached RAID storage. The system will hang when running Media Composer or copying large files. This does not happen with earlier versions of the OS. You can read details about this issue in this blog.
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-12988. (macOS) The AMA Drastic plug-in is not supported with Media Composer v2020.4
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-12964. For a faster performance of export audio/video sequences to .mov in 2020.4, please render the sequence prior to export, or disable the GPU fx (in the Render Settings – Current menu)
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-12735. Maestro graphics do not appear correctly in the Timeline if your system uses the Radeon video card.
  • Bug Number: DEFI-1808. (Media Composer | Distributed Processing) Two clips or sequences will always be created when performing a consolidate or transcode with Media Composer | Distributed Processing.
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-11481. Promoting a title from the Title Tool application to Avid Titler+ cannot be performed if it includes a motion adapter.

 


What’s new in Avid Media Composer 2019.6

Experience more inspired storytelling (Standard & Ultimate)

Find your creative flow with a modern new interface and task-based workspaces that make organizing media and video editing more fluid and intuitive. Media Composer’s responsive smart panel design helps boost your creative flow while clearing the clutter, so you can spend more time focusing on what matters most—your story.

Edit easily with new and improved tools (Standard & Ultimate)

From better bin handling and project access, to countless timesaving features, there’s a lot more to love about Media Composer. Plus, with input from customers and other video editors, we’ve added many of your top requests (say hello again to the weightlifter and scissors icons!).

Work faster—the way you want (Standard & Ultimate)

Freely resize and rearrange Media Composer interface panels to suit your editing preferences. Display and arrange the tools you want—hide what you don’t—enabling you to work more instinctively. Without the interface getting in the way.

Finish and deliver with total color precision (Standard & Ultimate)

Whether you do all editing, effects, and color work in Media Composer or roundtrip projects to another application, the new 32-bit floating point color pipeline and ACES color space support future-proof your content and ensure consistent color accuracy from end to end. OpenEXR decoding accelerates HDR effects work. Plus, new IMF packaging tools make OTT delivery easy.

Keep production moving (Ultimate)
With the new Media Composer | Distributed Processing option, you can offload rendering and transcoding tasks to unused or idle networked computers, freeing up Media Composer. Keep working instead of waiting for jobs to complete. Plus, its parallel processing greatly speeds up turnaround time.

 

What’s New Avid Media Composer 2018.9.5

This is a patch release and is only available through the Download Center. You will not see it in your My Avid account or on Avid Link. The Windows version of Media Composer v2018.12.5 is a patch release. You must have v2018.12.3 already installed. Then use the 2018.12.5 patch to update to this release.

Fixed in Media Composer v2018.12.5

  • Bug Number: MCCET-2999. You might have received an Exception error when deleting an asset from a bin.

Fixed in Media Composer v2018.12.4

The Windows version of Media Composer v2018.12.4 is a patch release. You must have v2018.12.3 already installed. Then use the 2018.12.4 patch to update to this release.

  • Bug Number: MCDEV-10783. You might have received errors when trying to log into the MediaCentral Cloud UX server.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2822. In some instances, the .mxf extension was not appended using Send to Export, therefore “Auto Launch” could not open mxf files.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2927. Intermittently, saving bins resulted in Exception errors.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2902. In some instances, a video mixdown included the effects from an upper nested layer.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2897. After importing, certain WAV files may have had an incorrect start time.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2748. If a sequence with media from a P2 card was loaded into the Source or Record monitor, relinking to add an extra clip would take too long.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2867. In some instances, rendering some effects on linked H264 media resulted in mixed up frames. Bug Number: MCCET-2862. (Windows 10) The Audio Tool was not updating when scrubbing with CAPS lock enabled.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2937. In some instances, if you captured with a single track that was not A1, the capture would abort immediately.
  • Bug Number: MCDEV-10869. Clicking the yellow bin lock icon maximized bins that were minimized.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2967. (Avid Artist DNxIO and DNxIQ) Audio meter levels were not displayed in the Audio tool when recording.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2952. The Audio Punch-In Tool did not remember the last bin selected.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2914. In some instances, when exporting JPG, if you changed the name of the export, the file may have been unusable.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2942. You could not perform an insert edit export of DNxHR HQX media.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2946. (Interplay) In some instances, Media Composer would crash during check-in of sequence.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2910. Importing a non-shared user profile created a duplicate and prevented the application from closing.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2913. The Property Merge window would inadvertently appear when checking in a clip for first time into Interplay.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2901. Media Composer would hang when playing back an Avid Titler+ title in the effect editor.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2729. You might not have received the correct find results when searching group clips in PhraseFind.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2931. After upgrading from Media Composer v2018.12.1 to v2018.12.2 or v2018.12.3, batch re-import of Matte Key clips was not working.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2878. The UHD video output is converted to HD when consolidating HD media in a UHD project.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2859. Switching camera angles in Multicam stopped playback if the group contained mixed frame rates.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2857. If you were working on a system using Chinese locale, you might have experienced consolidate and transcode audio issues.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2957. Insert Edit Export failed if only video tracks were selected.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2966. You might have been unable to import an EDL.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2915. The metadata might have been incorrect after importing an ALE.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2841. Saved presets did not always retain the last keyframe.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2805. The Raster Dimension column in a bin was incorrect for thin raster media.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2925. In some cases, after performing a render operation, the green dot remained in the Timeline on PNG clips including a Matte Key effect.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2930. You might have seen performance issues when editing a long AVC Long GOP 25 clip.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2973. Changes to Audio Reference Level settings changes were not properly reflected when you switched between Normal and Narrow Mixer View.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2960. (Mac v10.14.x) When linking to media on a shared network drive, the UNC path in the Drive column might have had the network user name in the path.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2732. When consolidating AVC Long GOP subclips created new master clips that were too long. A new check box has been added to the Consolidate/Transcode dialog boxes. Select the “Re-encode AVC Long GOP media to ensure shortest subclip durations” option when you consolidating AVC Long GOP subclips.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2923. (Mac) You might have received “not authorized” errors when trying to use PhraseFind or ScriptSync.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2947. You might have received errors when trying to set target the Dynamic Relink settings in an SD 25i PAL project.
  • Bug Number: MCCET-2936. If Dynamic Relink was enabled, imported DaVinci Resolve AAF media was offline.

What’s new in Avid Media Composer 2018.12

  • Mac OS Support – Mac OS v10.14.2 has been added to the Qualified Operating Systems list.
  • Avid Titler – The Avid Titler is a new Title Tool that works within the editing application that allows you toquickly create titles in all project types and rasters.  (In previous releases, if you were working with greater than HD projects, you had to use the NewBlue Titler Pro tool.) The Avid Titler creates a Title effect in your sequence. You can create titles and then easily edit them in the Effect Editor. Just like an effect, titles can be saved back to the bin and re-used.
  • Formatting Text – The Font formatting tools in the Avid Titler tool control the appearance of text. Using the Font formatting tools allow you to select the font, the font size, leading, kerning, rotation, skew, bold, or italics options.
  • Creating Graphic Objects – You use the drawing tools to create graphic objects such as squares, rectangles, circles, and ovals.  After creating graphic objects, you can modify or manipulate them in a variety of ways.
  • Moving an Object or Text Forward or Backward – Once you create text and or graphics, you might want to bring one forward or send to the background.  For example, you might create text and then create a solid circle or rectangle object for the background of the text.
  • Select Previous and Select Next Layers – Once you create multiple layers of text and shapes, you can scroll through them by selecting the Select Previous Layer or Select Next Layer buttons.
  • Choosing a Background for your Title – You can choose whether to display a color background or a frame of video from your sequence.  With a sequence in the Record monitor, the Avid Titler tool opens with a video background. The location of the position indicator in the Timeline at the time you open the Avid Titler determines the initial video frame that displays. If you want to select a solid background, simply click Background button and choose a color from the Color button.
  • Adding Shadows to Title Objects – You can add a shadow to any text or graphic object.
  • Adding Outlines to Title Objects – You can add an edge or outline to any text or graphic object.
  • Editing the Title in the Effect Editor – You can perform additional edits to your titles using the Effect Editor. Place the cursor over the Title effect in your sequence and select Tools > Effect Editor to edit your title effect.
  • Shape-Based Color Correction (Symphony Option) – The editing application includes tools that allow you to perform shape-based color correction.
  • Editing Group Clips – The editing application now supports editing group clips. If you have a MultiCam group that you want to edit or add a new shot to, you can with this release. With this release, you can also create a group clip directly from a sequence.
  • Swap Camera Bank – With this release, using the Swap Camera Bank button will cycle through all cameras. Previously, the editing application would only show a maximum of 8 cameras (for squad split) or 18 cameras (for nine split).
  • Waveform Sync – Waveform Sync allows you to sync your audio in the Timeline. Selected video must reference clips that have audio (e.g. camera sound) in order to sync your video clips. This allows you to use audio waveform rather than Timecode or an IN point to sync to the video.
  • Changing the Source Audio Track in the Timeline – The editing application allows you to change the source track in your Timeline. Simply right-click onan audio track in your Timeline, select Change Source Track and choose the desired source track.
  • Background Bin Auto-Save – With this release, the bin will be saved in the back ground according to the Auto-save interval set in the Bin Settings dialog. You will no longer be interrupted with a bin saving progress message.
  • 64 Tracks of Video – In previous releases, the editing application supported 24 tracks of video. With this release, the editing application supports 64 tracks of video.
  • DNxUncompressed Update – With the introduction of DNxUncompressed, you can import, render, transcode and mixdown at uncompressed quality. This allows you to generate media that preserves the full quality of the Timeline (currently the Timeline is 16 bits maximum). DNxUncompressed is available at any raster dimensions (HD, 2K, UHD etc.) With this release, 12 bit DNxUncompressed is supported.
  • Timeline Settings Update – An additional option has been added to the Timeline Settings: Display During Segment Drag option.  In addition to the option to show the head and tail of incoming or outgoing frames of video when you drag a segment, you can now choose to show the frame at the blue position bar when dragging a segment.
  • Media File Path Column – An additional column has been added to the Bin Column options. When you choose to display the Media File Path column, the Media Tool will display the location of the media file for precomputes and media file objects.
  • Adding Bins and Scripts to Project Folder – You can add a new bin or a new script to a folder in your project window. In the project window, select the folder, right click and select New Bin or New Script. If you select New Bin, a new bin will be added to the folder. If you select New Script, you are prompted to locate the script to be added to the folder.

What’s New Avid Media Composer 2018.9

  • Live Timeline Additions – You can solo, mute, and change audio gain during playback. You can also choose to set certain Edit Marker window behavior during playback.
  • AMA File Export Change – Export options have been updated.
  • DNxUncompressed – With the introduction of DNxUncompressed, it is now possible to import, render, transcode and mix-down at the uncompressed quality.
  • Default Stream Count Limitations in Media Composer – Real-time streams are no longer limited to 12.
  • DPX Export Improvement –  Exporting DPX files is much faster than in previous releases.
  • HLG Scope: Display 75% graticule for Graphics white – The HLG scope waveform displays an orange horizontal line to show graphics white at 75%.

What is fixed in 2018.9:  The following have been resolved in 2018.9.

Bug Number: MCCET-2465. You might have received a “CM_INVALID_SPLIT” error when trimming promoted motion clips.
Bug Number: MCCET-2466. The project name, sequence name, and date of printout was missing in the header of the marker printout.
Bug Number: MCCET-2498. In some instances, the editing application would crash if all bins were closed and the Capture Tool was open.
Bug Number: MCCET-2533. Intermittently, you might have received an “Exception Failed to find coincidence point on tape” error when trying to capture or batch capture into Media Composer.
Bug Number: MCCET-2548. Finding a frame by entering timecode value in the Source monitor did not work when searching on an audio mixdown.
Bug Number: MCCET-2580. Activating Play Standby would start playing too fast if you had played the sequence at double speed prior to pressing Play Standby.
Bug Number: MCCET-2585. After installing the editing application and creating a new project, you might have received an “assertion” error when opening the Tool Palette on the Source/Record Monitor.
Bug Number: MCCET-2589. (Windows OS) When using a Japanese locale, the source clip name did not display in the Timecode Window.
Bug Number: MCCET-2596. Match-framing a Multigroup clip with Symphony Color Correction applied, would match frame to the group clip instead of the main Multigroup clip

Limitations in 2018.9: The following are limitations with the 2018.9 application.

Bug Number: MCDEV-9781. You might see the following issues if Run Length Encoded is enabled:

  • “Core Consistency Check Failure” errors when recreating animated Marquee titles
  • Media size might not be accurate when working with interlaced projects

Workaround: Disable Run Length Encoded (RLE) in the Import Settings Image tab.

Bug Number: MCDEV-9676. Intermittently, the blue bar in the Source and Record monitors does not move. The blue bar does move in the Timeline. Workaround: Restart the editing application.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9523. When linking with the Avid Generic Plug-in, audio waveforms do not build properly in the Timeline when playing back an H.264 movie with AAC audio.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9460. Windows 7 systems with Nvidia Maxwell or Nvidia Pascal cards might experience playback issues that could result in “Play Consumer timeout” errors. Workaround: Select “Disable GPU Effects” in the Render Settings dialog box.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9142. You might experience hangs or crashes when performing a video mixdown with a 16K project on systems with less than 64GB RAM.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9329. (Avid Artist DNxIV and DNxIQ) When playing back immediately captured media, the video might freeze after approximately one second but the audio continues. You might need to restart the editing application.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9269. (Media Composer | Cloud) After performing a remote download operation on a sequence containing AVC-I 100 remote media, the downloaded media appears as XAVC-I 100. Workaround: Download the entire master clips.
Bug Number: MCDEV-9011. Intermittently, when working with the XDCAM Nablet Plug-in, you might see “Failed to get the sample position from the AMA Plug-in” errors if you have waveforms enabled in the Timeline.
Bug Number: COGS-2560. While working in the Script Window, text operations (cut/copy/paste/delete/editing) can only be done in edit mode. See “Editing a Script” in the Help.
Bug Number: MCDEV-5650. When working with Panasonic LongG media, you might receive an “SFPlayConsumer Timeout” error if audio waveforms are enabled.Workaround:Turn off audio waveforms.
Bug Number: MCDEV-5385. MultiCam editing with Panasonic LongG media is not supported with this release.
Bug Number: MCDEV-5384. Currently, when working with LongG media, you might see dropped frames when editing 4 streams. This might occur when playing from a single stream to multiple streams (and from multiple streams back to a single stream). The dropped frames usually display around the edit point (transition to a different stream).

A few important reminders:

Avid DX Driver Separate Installer:  The Avid DX Driver is not automatically installed when you install the editing application. If you need to install the Avid DX Driver to work with your Avid IO device, you can install it separately.  Note:  For Windows systems, there is a Win7 driver and a Win10 driver in the Utilities folder. The Win7 driver works for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems.  The installer is located:

  • (Mac) /Applications/Utilities/Avid Utilities
  • (Windows) Program FilesAvidUtilitiesDXDrivers

Application Installers:  Previously, a separate installer was required for Media Composer | First. With this release, you have a single installer for Media Composer and Media Composer | First. Note: The option to run as Media Composer | First is now included in the Avid Media Composer Activation window.

New Computers Qualified:  The following have been added to the Knowledge Base.

  • HP Zbook 15”, 17”, Studio, Studio XPS and “V” model laptops
  • Lenovo P52, P72 and P1 (thin and light) laptops
  • HP Z2 G4 tower and SFF and Z2 G4 mini
  • Dell 3430 SFF, 3630 tower and 1U rack 3930
  • Lenovo P330 Tower and SFF plus P330 Tiny

The below links are live now.

Avid Qualified Systems and IO hardware for Media Composer, Interplay Assist, and Avid Instinct 
Avid Configuration Guidelines and Slot Configurations 

ReadMe and What’s New Guide: The ReadMe and “What’s New” Guide for the September release of Media Composer have been uploaded to the knowledge Base Media Composer 2018 Documentation page.

How customers will obtain the September Media Composer 2018.9 Update:

  1. Customers who have already installed the latest version of Media Composer will be notified of the availability of the upgrade via the Application Manager. The Apps tab also provides a link to download and install the update when desired.
  2. New customers who purchase Media Composer will receive the update in their Avid Master Account.
  3. Customers on current Update plans can download the Media Composer update either from their Avid Master Account or the Avid Download Center (login and password required.)
  4. Customers NOT on a current Upgrade & Support contract must purchase either a new Media Composer Subscription or Perpetual license to receive this update.

New in Version 2018.7

Live Timeline

See the What’s New in Avid Media Composer 2018.7 PowerPoint Presentation

Other new features include:

  • 16K Project Presets
  • New High Frame Rate Projects (100, 119.88, 120)
  • Support for NewTek® NDI Video over IP
  • Resize the Composer Monitor
  • Work with BXF Files
  • Support for Full Frame Stereoscopic with Avid Artist DNxIQ
  • Performing an Insert Edit to an Exported Sequence
  • Preview Growing Sequences and Clips while Exporting to DNxHR or DNxHD
  • Allow AMA File Export with Media Offline

Avid Media Composer Subscription Avid Media Composer v2018.7

Proven and trusted by professional editors in every segment of film, television, and broadcast

The $599 subscription includes Media Composer and the Symphony option. Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res-to-HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and powerful media management, eliminating time-consuming tasks so you can focus on telling a great story. And now the choice is yours—edit on premises, remotely through the cloud, on demand, through a low-cost subscription, or purchase a license outright—making Media Composer the most versatile and accessible tool for professional creative editorial.

Avid MC Subscription      Avid MC Perpetual    Support / Upgrade

New in Version 2018.4

Create compelling stories for less

Media Composer is now available for just $19.99 USD/month for independent editors and moviemakers. This new version provides the full suite of editing tools professional storytellers rely on daily. If you work as part of a team or within a MediaCentral environment, choose Media Composer | Ultimate (formerly Media Composer), which offers the real-time collaborative workflows you need.

Get better UHD performance

With support for four real-time streams of XAVC-I media, Media Composer delivers greater performance with high-res media, so you can spend less time rendering or transcoding media to lower resolutions.

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