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The editors’ choice for film, TV, news, and sports

Avid Media Composer is the only video editing solution that lets you tailor the interface for any role in your organization.  Whether you’re a seasoned video editor or just starting your career, you can get unmatched speed and creative freedom to tell more inspired stories and do your best work with Media Composer’s Oscar-winning toolset.

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Get the tools you need

Got a story to tell? There is 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. Or gain real-time collaboration, MediaCentral integration, and additional dialog search, finishing, and newsroom tools with Media Composer | Ultimate.

Meet the Family

Media Composer | First

For aspiring filmmakers and students—available as a free download

• Get started with the same video editing tools the pros use—for free

• Work with a variety of media

• Design cool effects, grade color, and create titles to make your videos stand out

• Connect with others and get discovered

Media Composer

For independent editors and moviemakers—available as an annual subscription

• Get the full Emmy®- and Oscar®-winning video editing and finishing toolset

• Work with SD, HD, 4K, 8K, 16K, HDR, stereo 3D, IMAX, and other media

• Edit and finish with total color precision with the 32-bit floating point pipeline

• Get full color, effects, titling, and audio tools

Media Composer | Ultimate

For team-based editors and moviemakers—available as an annual subscription

• Get everything in Media Composer, plus

• Share projects, media, and bins and collaborate with other editors

• Work with Avid NEXIS storage

• Expand your capabilities with PhraseFind®, ScriptSync®, Symphony®, and NewsCutter® included

• Stream output via SRT for remote “over-the-shoulder” collaboration and review

Media Composer | Enterprise

For large broadcast, post, and media education facilities—available as an annual subscription

• Get everything in Media Composer | Ultimate, plus

• Customize the interface for any production role

• Limit access to features, functions, and media, increasing security

• Edit remotely with the same experience as working in the facility with Avid NEXIS | EDGE included

• Turn a network of unused computers into a render, transcode, and export farm with Media Composer | Distributed Processing, included

 

Media Composer is the most acclaimed and trusted collaborative video editing software solution across the media and entertainment industry. With options for all types of content creators—from students and independent video editors to creative teams, high-level post-production teams and broadcasters, Media Composer provides the most powerful storytelling tools in the industry. From AI-powered timesaving features, flexible workflow options, to customizable UI and remote collaboration tools, Media Composer makes it easy to create and deliver content from anywhere and turn around more projects faster. In the highest quality. On time and on budget.

Collaborate From Anywhere

Edit, finish, and deliver projects with the same experience whether you’re working in a facility, on location, or from home, plus simulate on-premises “over-the-shoulder” collaboration from anywhere. With flexible options that enable editors to connect into your production environment through a virtualized version of Media Composer or directly to MediaCentral® | Production Management, you can bring in top talent and provide the industry-leading tools to do their best work. No matter where they’re located.

Exceptional Quality—without Exception

Maximize the value of your assets with tools that ensure high quality is maintained from start to finish. With a 32-bit floating point color pipeline, OpenEXR encoding and decoding, and ACES color space support, you can achieve total color precision and interoperability between Avid and third- party tools, ensuring pristine picture quality throughout your workflow. Even
when roundtripping. Plus, IMF packaging tools make content delivery to OTT platforms fast and easy—without having to leave Media Composer.

The Speed You Need

Complete more projects faster with timesaving features and workflows that accelerate content creation and delivery. From the modern interface that provides a more efficient and customizable editing experience to task-oriented workspaces, flexible tools, automated tasks, and powerful media engines, the latest Media Composer enables you to accomplish more with fewer clicks.

Do More With Less

Increase your ROI and cost savings with a solution that requires less software and hardware to get the same job done. With comprehensive end-to-end editing and finishing toolsets, phonetic search, UHD and HDR workflows, reliable media management, distributed processing, full audio production tools, and SRT streaming capabilities, plus easy integration with Avid NEXIS® storage and Avid and third-party video I/O interfaces, you have everything you need to create more compelling content completely in-house.

Boost Your Creative Intelligence

Save time with new AI-based tools in the latest Media Composer

Whether you’re a seasoned video editor or just starting your career, you can get unmatched speed and creative freedom to tell more inspired stories and do your best work with Media Composer’s Oscar-winning toolset.

Media Composer is the most acclaimed and trusted collaborative video editing software solution across the media and entertainment industry. With options for all types of content creators—from students and independent video editors to creative teams, high-level post-production teams and broadcasters, Media Composer provides the most powerful storytelling tools in the industry. From AI-powered timesaving features, flexible workflow options, to customizable UI and remote collaboration tools, Media Composer makes it easy to create and deliver content from anywhere and turn around more projects faster. In the highest quality. On time and on budget.

 

Media Composer Features

Import & Manage

Work with any type of media

Import and edit footage from any camera, no matter the format, codec, or resolution. From HD and UHD, to HDR, 8K, and beyond, experience smooth, frame-accurate playback—even when mixing different types of video, audio, images, and frame rates.

High-res, high efficiency

With the new Avid Media Engine, you can work with high-res, HDR, and proxy media more easily. Avid DNxHR and OpenEXR support eliminate bottlenecks, so you can work with a massive amount of media and quickly relink proxies to the original files with ease.

Track media with confidence

Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Your project media will always be linked—even as projects move and evolve over the years.

Organize and find files fast

With new bin containers and mapping, you can organize and group content any way you want. PhraseFind AI and ScriptSync AI, the new and improved AI-powered versions of these extremely popular timesaving features, help you find footage in seconds, searching for clips and takes based on the dialog they contain.

Edit & VFX

Edit with Oscar- and Emmy-winning tools

The majority of all films and TV shows are edited on Media Composer. That’s because it makes the creative process fast, easy, and gratifying. From fluid timeline editing with our best-in-class trim tools to the precision toolset, you can navigate and cut sequences more intuitively and tell better stories.

Boost your creative flow

Work the way you want to work, with a modern interface that makes editing easier and more fluid. Task-oriented workspaces—Edit, Color, Audio, and Effects—provide just the tools you need. You can even resize, rearrange, and hide panels.

Accelerate multicam editing

Show every angle of your story with ease with the Emmy Award-winning multicamera editing toolset. Sync up to 64 different angles automatically—even with different formats and frames—so you can immediately edit and align shots as needed.

Design stunning visuals

Add dramatic flair to your stories with built-in VFX, filters, and titles. Take your creative vision further with more video plugins and advanced tools to create composites, motion effects, transitions, graphics, and animation.

Color & Deliver

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

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 99 tracks of dialogue, music, and sound effects in 7.1 surround. Or export all tracks and effects to Pro Tools for audio post—without having to transcode sequences first.

Get Workflows that Work

See what Teams can do

Share projects, bins, and media

Add Avid NEXIS shared storage to your workflow and multiple video editors and assistants can work on the same projects at once. No more accidentally overwriting work or needing to duplicate and micromanage media.

Maintain quality from end to end

As projects move from offline to online—and from in-house to external teams and back again—the standardized ACES color space ensures that all high-res and HDR projects will maintain full image quality and color accuracy from end to end, across all color and VFX work.

Enable remote collaboration

Extend production beyond the walls of your facility. Review content remotely with “over-the-shoulder” workflows. Enable editors, assistants, showrunners, and producers to connect and collaborate from anywhere with Avid NEXIS | EDGE. Or deploy a full virtual production suite in the cloud with Edit On Demand.

Virtualize post production

Gain efficiency and reduce costs by virtualizing your post-production environment with Media Composer | Cloud VM, extending video editing with virtual machine technology for on-premises or remote network access to projects and media. Cloud VM provides the full Media Composer video editing experience to multiple clients from a single on-premises shared storage system and/or a centralized server.

Accelerate Your Edit

Find the right clips fast

With PhraseFind AI, you can quickly find clips in a project that contain specific dialogue. Simply type keywords to locate all clips that contain the speech in multiple languages—ideal for unscripted shows.

Sync takes to a script in seconds

Compare performances and find the best takes fast. ScriptSync AI automatically syncs clips to their associated script lines, so you can quickly find takes by scene, script page, or dialogue.

Color and master faster

With Symphony, you can stylize shots and correct color with ultra-precision, then deliver content easily with IMF packaging. Plus, universal mastering makes it easy to take your offline online.

Transcribe clips and sequences

Ideal for non-scripted workflows, you can now create and export a transcript from within Media Composer. If you need captions, we’ve got you covered — you can export and review a transcript, then bring it back into Media Compser as a Subcap effect that gives you timed and placed captions.

Do More, Stress Less

Go big—up to 8K and beyond

Experience smooth, reliable editing and playback performance, no matter how large your source files are. Work with all the beautiful, high-resolution image detail of the original media for better editing precision, without your workflow coming to a standstill.

Optimized for the best HDR experience

From capture to edit, finishing to output, Media Composer provides the high-efficiency media handling, ACES color space, and 32-bit floating color pipeline you need to deliver HDR content predictably, with pristine accuracy.

Edit at the speed of your imagination

With the live timeline and unlimited playback streams, you can make changes to sequences during playback on the fly. Plus, with native support for tons of formats, including OP1a, you can start editing immediately—without the transcode wait.

Save time with automation

Media Composer automates time-consuming tasks in the background. Instead of waiting hours for transcoding, rendering, consolidating, and relinking media, you can just keep working. Plus, it offers automated bin saving, audio mixes, audio/video sync, and more.


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Remote collaboration made easy

Enable editors to work from anywhere without changing their workflow and extend collaboration to assistants, showrunners, producers, and other creative contributors. Plus, it’s included with Media Composer | Enterprise at no additional charge!
Learn more

 

AVID | EDIT ON DEMAND

Access your edit suite anywhere

Expand your production team and ramp up new projects at a moment’s notice with a fully provisioned virtual editing suite in the cloud—complete with cloud-optimized Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage.
Learn more

 

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Connect. Collaborate. Get Discovered.

Join a vibrant creative community of other video and audio creators. Expand your opportunities, promote your work, and find new talent—all in one free app.
Learn more

 

See: Media Composer Documentation in Avid Knowledge Base

Avid Media Composer Comparison Chart

Audience and Availability
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Ideal for...Aspiring pros and hobbyistsIndependent editors and moviemakersTeam-based video editors and moviemakersLarge post, broadcast, and media education facilities
AvailabilityA 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 softwareGet 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 optionsPhraseFind, ScriptSync, Symphony, and NewsCutter OptionsPhraseFind, ScriptSync, Symphony, and NewsCutter Options, plus Media Composer | Cloud VM, Distributed Processing, and Avid NEXIS | EDGE
General
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
ProjectsUnlimitedUnlimited, with support for Custom ProjectsUnlimited, with support for Custom ProjectsUnlimited, with support for Custom Projects
Bins5 bins per projectUnlimited 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 Tracks4999999
Audio Tracks8999999
Data TracksNot SupportedFully SupportedFully SupportedFully Supported
Video and audio plugin supportAVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace onlyAll AVX and AAX pluginsAll AVX and AAX pluginsAll AVX and AAX plugins
TranscodeLimited
ConsolidateLimited
Backward licensing compatibilityAnyone 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 controln/an/an/aLimit 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 editingGroup 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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
Video effectsLimited 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
Sequence Map
Bulk Edit
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 and mixing 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 Mixer
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Mixer
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Mixer
Audio effectsLimited core setFull core setFull core setFull core set
WorkspacesEdit
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
SettingsLimited 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 MappingLimited (based on available functions)FullFullFull
Source/Record color differentiationOn by defaultOff by defaultOff by defaultOff by default
Snap to EditOn by defaultOff by defaultOff by defaultOff by default
Auto-launch Effects EditorOn by defaultOff by defaultOff by defaultOff by default
Video and audio plugin supportAVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace onlyAll AVX and AAX pluginsAll AVX and AAX pluginsAll AVX and AAX plugins
Avid MarketplaceIn-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgradeIn-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgradeIn-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgradeIn-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
Avid NEXIS | EDGE collaborative and proxy workflows
Role-based interface customization
Limit access to features, functions, media, and locations
Lock content export and publishing
SRT output for remote over-the-shoulder collaboration
Tracks
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Video tracks4999999
Audio tracks8999999
Data tracksNot SupportedFully supportedFully supportedFully 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 formatsSD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, CustomSD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, CustomSD 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, 120p23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p23.976p, 24.000p, 25.000p, 29.97p, 30.00p, 50.00p, 59.94p, 60.00p for rasters 1080 and higher.
1080i50 and 1080i59.94
720p25, 720p29.97, 720p50, 720p59.94 for the 1280 x 720 raster
720p23.976 does not allow for proxy creation.
SD rasters do not allow for proxy creation.
Native compressionJFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongGJFIF, 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 spaces601/709601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1
Desktop display LUTsn/aRec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES ProxyRec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES ProxyRec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
Audio
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Audio resolutions32, 44.1, on-the-fly conversion to 48 kHz; 24-bit32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit
Audio channelsMono, dual mono, stereoMono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surroundMono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surroundMono, 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 LinkWith Symphony Option
OP1a Native Link and Import
ProRes decoding (Mac and Windows)
OpenEXR decoding
AAF Import
HEVC (H.265) decoding
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 decoding (Mac and Windows)
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
ProRes MXF OP1a Export
DNxHR MXF OP1a Export
J2K MXF OP1a Export
OP1a Export
IMF Export With Symphony Option
HEVC (H.265) Export
Export to Device
Send to...
Hardware Interfaces
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Avid and third-party audio interfacesLimited to 2-channel I/O
Third-party video interface
Control Surfaces
Media Composer | FirstMedia ComposerMedia Composer | UltimateMedia Composer | Enterprise
Avid Dock
Avid S1
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 | Distributed Processing
Media Composer | Cloud VM
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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
Avid NEXIS | EDGE
Avid NEXIS shared bins and projectsPerpetual 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 minimum system requirements for the latest version of Media Composer.

Mac OS X
14.0 to 14.3.x (Sonoma – no dongles)
13.x to 13.6.x (Ventura – no dongles)
12.x to 12.7.x * (Monterey – no dongles)

Windows
Win 11 64-bit 22.H2 or later Pro and Ent
Win 10 64-bit 22.H2 or later Pro and ENT

* Nvidia drivers 451.01 to 461.40 may cause MC Exceptions and hangs. Avid has qualified a fix from Nvidia starting with driver 461.72 on all Nvidia GPU cards.  The previous qualified driver 443.66 does NOT have this issue.

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.

Avid Installation Notes/Videos

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What’s New Avid Media Composer 2024.2 (v8)

Transcription Database Available Across Multiple Projects

With the latest improvements to the transcription database for PhraseFind AI and ScriptSync AI, transcripts for clips that have already been transcribed are now available for use across multiple projects.

Export Transcript and Export SubCap from a Sequence

In addition to exporting a transcript from a clip, Media Composer can now export two types of transcripts from a sequence: “Export Transcript” and “Export SubCap”.

Transcript Settings for Language Hint Selection

Although Media Composer’s AI transcription is multilingual by default, users can define a particular language hint to use while indexing their clips, which gives the indexer a useful suggestion before transcription begins.

Speaker ID Added to Transcript Exports

Transcriptions with multiple speakers that are exported from Media Composer now include identification of each speaker.

Display Source Track Name in Timeline

Media Composer can now access metadata from cameras, audio recorders, and other devices used in production, adding their information directly to the Timeline.

Public Preview of OpenTimelineIO (OTIO)

OpenTimelineIO is an open source, interchange format designed for the exchange of information between video applications used primarily in VFX and online workflows.

 

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