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

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.


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The Perpetual License includes:

  • Media Composer | Software perpetual license (never expires)
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v1
  • Sorenson Squeeze Lite (30-day trial)
  • iZotope Insight (30-day trial)
  • One year of Avid Support (including software updates)
  • Available for purchase with a hardware dongle at $1,799 MSRP

The choice is yours

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.

Get easy access to the industry’s most trusted tools

Significantly lower your cost of entry and get support every step of the way by accessing the latest Media Composer | Software and Media Composer | Symphony Option on a recurring monthly or annual (most cost-effective) basis. Or buy and own Media Composer outright (perpetual license) and get one year of standard Avid Support and software upgrades, with additional upgrades available thereafter by renewing your support plan anually.

Deploy licenses on demand

For large-scale media enterprise, post-production houses, and educational institutions, Media Composer now offers floating licensing, enabling you to purchase a “pack” of shared licenses to deploy across your entire facility using a single system ID. This enables multiple editors to use Media Composer on any number of workstations when licenses are available (not actively in use).

Stay up to date with the new application manager

Media Composer comes with a new application manager that keeps you up to date with your software. See what Avid software, AMA plug-ins, and related third-party applications you have installed on your system. Get notified when new updates, upgrades, and renewals are available. Activate and download new software, updates, and upgrades from the interface. And if you’re interested in a new product or upgrade, you can even see if a software trial is available to try it out first. It will even alert you about special offers, upcoming webinars, and events.

Accelerate your high-res workflow

More content today is shot with high-res cameras, but the majority of programming is still HD. With the new FrameFlex tools, you can immediately start working in HD directly from high-res sources and maintain full creative control of the image reframing and keyframing, from beginning to end. In addition, 1D/3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) and Color Decision Lists (CDLs) make it easy to perform real-time RAW and LogC to Rec. 709 color space conversions.

Automate your media management

Gain more time for creativity with new features that accelerate and simplify file-based workflows. With Dynamic Media Folders, noncreative media tasks such as transcoding, copying, and consolidating can be automated in the background, without disrupting your editorial flow. Plus, you’ll get peace of mind as Media Composer now fully manages AMA-linked media as reliably as it does with native Avid media.

Edit and collaborate remotely in real time

Edit, share, tag, track, and sync media and projects with everyone on your editing team—no matter where you are in the world. Media Composer enables you to connect to Interplay | Production systems through Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere), making remote cloud-based collaboration easy and cost-effective. What’s more, you can edit just as efficiently as you would if you were all at the home facility, using the same tools and workflows you know and trust.

Gain total audio control

Forget wasting time mixing down audio levels by trial and error. With the new Master Audio Fader, you can insert RTAS plug-ins to tweak tones and optimize the overall program loudness, making broadcast regulation adherence quick and easy. You can also now make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timeline—independently of any track-based automation—with the Clip Gain control.

Streamline the video workflow with Pro Tools users

Video Satellite is now included with Media Composer, enabling audio editors and mixers to play Avid HD and SD video sequences directly in sync with their Pro Tools session, while maintaining full system power. In addition, Pro Tools | Software now includes the Avid Video Engine, enabling Pro Tools sound editors and mixers to play HD video of the latest Media Composer cuts directly in the Pro Tools timeline.

Expand your creativity with options

Edit with the exact tools you need by simply adding options for the workflows you want. Add advanced and secondary color correction tools, mastering tools, and the Boris Continuum Complete Lite effects pack with the Media Composer | Symphony Option for online editing. Integrate Media Composer into iNEWS and ENPS workflows with the Media Composer | NewsCutter Option for news editing. And capture, monitor, and output video with a hardware-accelerated Media Composer | Nitris DX or Media Composer | Mojo DX video I/O interface. View these and more on the Options page.

And More...

  • Create cut lists and EDLs from within Media Composer
  • Do multicam editing in stereoscopic 3D
  • Get 9-way real-time multicam support for Long GOP (XDCAM) media
  • Select multiple clips in the timeline without the filler
  • Edit without interruption with new audio waveform caching
  • View location sound metadata from Broadcast Wave files with support for iXML
  • Deliver finished sequences to a standardized AS-11 (AMWA) MXF OP1a file
  • Work with Alpha channel media using the new AMA QuickTime with Alpha plug-in
  • Edit easier with new AMA enhancements:
  • Find what you need faster with the new AMA navigation window
  • Consolidate or transcode only AMA clips in your sequence
  • Relink to specified video and audio tracks in your timeline
  • Speed through tasks with drag-and-drop support

Features:

Full 64-bit power

Fast gets even faster with native 64-bit operation, so even when you layer together the most complex effects, things will still feel snappy. Experience smoother playback, faster rendering performance, and better handling with large bins—and say goodbye to the old memory limitations of 32-bit operating systems.

Open to anything

You never know what kinds of media, projects, and people will arrive at your desk or doorstep. That’s why Media Composer offers open workflows, so you can take on whatever challenge awaits. Work with high-res sources, file-based media, tape, and film. Capture and monitor with your choice of powerful and reliable Avid or third-party interfaces. Accelerate editing with Artist Series control surfaces. Integrate into any professional production pipeline. And collaborate seamlessly with Pro Tools editors.

Experience the “waitless” workflow

With AMA (Avid Media Access), you can instantly access and edit file-based media—including ARRI ALEXA MXF, RED (EPIC, SCARLET-X, and ONE), AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formats—without transcoding or copying files (watch the video ). Preview footage without the wait. And as new cameras and formats emerge, manufacturers can create and release their own AMA plug-ins independently from a software release.

Work with any media

File-based media, 2K/4K/5K footage, analog and digital tape, stereoscopic 3D material, film—bring it on. Media Composer offers ACE-certified editing tools and a wide range of features, workflows, and options that enable you to work with everything, from old-school media to the latest camera technologies. Plus, you can work in HD from a high-res source without having to transcode or resize files.

Experience cutting-edge storytelling

It doesn’t matter how you learned to edit—Media Composer goes where others leave off, enabling you to work the way you want. Trim and manipulate on the fly using the Smart Tool (see the Smart Tool in action), or perform ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering (see Mix and Match in action). And edit HD material in real time—in mastering picture quality—using Avid DNxHD or DNxHD 444.

Edit 3D

Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D footage, with a full set of features and workflows. Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. Mix and match 2D and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track. Plus, work with full frame and frame-compatible sources, dedicated 3D editing tools, video effects, and more.

Software Options:

Media Composer | Symphony Option

Correct color and master faster by adding advanced and secondary color correction tools, plus mastering tools, to your editing workflow with this option for Media Composer | Software. What's more, it comes with Boris Continuum Complete Lite, enabling you to create stunning 2D and 3D graphics and effects to get the look you want.

Media Composer | NewsCutter Option

Integrate Media Composer directly with iNEWS and/or ENPS systems to streamline your news editing to on-air workflow with this option for Media Composer | Software. This option adds the functionality of the NRCS Tool found in NewsCutter, which is now discontinued, though many of its features and settings are now a part of Media Composer.

What's Included:

Media Composer (monthly/annual subscription)

  • Media Composer—Edit SD, HD, and stereoscopic 3D material
  • Media Composer | Symphony Option—Add advanced color, effects, and mastering tools
  • Boris Continuum Complete Lite—Create 2D and 3D graphics, effects, and more
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v2—Create 2D and 3D video titles
  • Sorenson Squeeze Lite—Optimize and deliver content
  • EDL Manager—Export timecode metadata
  • FilmScribe—Export film metadata
  • iZotope Insight 30-day trial—View and troubleshoot audio mixes
  • Standard Avid Support (includes software updates/upgrades)

Media Composer (perpetual license)

  • Media Composer—Edit SD, HD, and stereoscopic 3D material
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v1—Create 2D and 3D video titles
  • EDL Manager—Export timecode metadata
  • FilmScribe—Export film metadata
  • iZotope Insight 30-day trial—View and troubleshoot audio mixes
  • One year of standard Avid Support (includes complimentary software updates/upgrades; renewable annually)

Production Pack

  •   iZotope Insight—View and troubleshoot audio mixes
  •   NewBlue Titler Pro v2—Create 2D and 3D titles
  •   Sorenson Squeeze—Optimize and deliver content

License Types

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”)

Monthly and yearly subscriptions are one of the new licensing choices for those who want to add Media Composer | Software seats instantly, and at a very low cost. This enables you to add editing systems, based on your individual or business needs. With the annual subscriptions, you can save even more on your monthly costs. Find more details on pricing and subscription plans in this document: Media Composer | Software Licensing Options (PDF).

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”)

With the Perpetual License, you can purchase and own the Software. These perpetual licenses will function forever.  Keep in mind that, with a perpetual license, you will need to renew your annual support plan each year to ensure that you continue to receive the latest updates and get access to world-class customer support if you need help.  If you cancel your auto-renewing annual Avid Support plan, you will have to purchase a full new license if you wish to continue receiving software updates and support. To take advantage of the $299 price for the Avid Support plan, you MUST renew in 2014 or renew when your existing support contract expires.

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. Find more info on Perpetual Licenses in this document: Media Composer | Software Licensing Options (PDF).

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. It’s a cost effective solution to those sites that previously might have purchased 100 Media Composer applications but only had 50 users at one time: once a user closes the editing application, that license is available for another user. For information on setting up a Floating License Server, see the FlexNet Device Manager for Avid Administration Guide.

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 connect 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).


Updates: 

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.

 

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
  • OS:Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional, Enterprise (64-bit), or Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended) 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere)1, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
  • 16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro family2 (Q600 or higher recommended), Intel HD4000
  • Internal hard drive: Minimum 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive, 128 GB SSD

Mac OS X

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Mac-based computer
  • OS: Mac OS X v10.8.5, v10.9.5, v10.10.2, OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended); 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere)1, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
  • 16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
  • Graphics card:NVIDIA GeForce family2 (recommended), Intel HD4000 or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple) )
  • Internal hard drive: Minimum 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive, 128 GB SSD

Additional compatibility information

QuickTime: Avid has tested and qualified Apple QuickTime X for Mac users and QuickTime 7.6.9 for Windows users
Windows Media Player: Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 is required to export certain formats and to work with VC-1 material

Media Composer | Cloud is not supported on systems using background transcode or Dynamic Media Folders. Avid recommends 12+ Gb of RAM for Media Composer | Cloud workflows involving HD long GOP media, such as AVCHD, MPEG-2, and XDCAM. For more information, please consult the Media Composer | Cloud product page

NVIDIA cards are recommended; full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory. For information regarding the graphics card supported with your specific configuration, please refer to the Avid-qualified Windows-based computer list or Avid-qualified Mac-based computer list.

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Customer Reviews

Industry standard, but ornery.

I work in broadcast documentary, running Post Production on films that screen on the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery, NOVA, and more. All of these folks depend on their commissioned productions using an Avid workflow. Media Composer 6 is powerful and at times intimidating-- folks transitioning from the likes of Premiere or Final Cut Pro are in for a long education. From media management to hardware support, MC is simply bristling with options, tricks and capabilities. With all that breadth, however, comes a never-ending host of bugs and limitations. Be sure to save your work often and always keep backups of bins and media. Get active on user forums and be prepared to spend the occasional half-day on Google diagnosing bus errors, segmentation faults, and the ever-helpful error "invalid file name" (protip: if you're seeing that error, chances are your file name is too long, that's all). In the days of yore it looked like Final Cut would unseat Avid as the de facto standard for nonlinear editing systems, but with the unimpressive reception of FCPX (including multiple press releases from content broadcasters like Nat Geo and History declaring they would never accept projects produced in FCPX) it looks like Avid will maintain its position as the definitive professional's choice NLE for some time. On the bright side, that means we Avid users are a comparatively large and knowledgeable community. So if you have misgivings about making the jump to Avid, post questions and add to discussions with current users online before making your decision. Chances are if you're a freelancer or a post house of any size, one way or another you'll end up wanting to invest in at least one seat of Media Composer. And I'd be a straight-up liar if I said that MC6 didn't make HUGE leaps toward the editing nirvana we're all wishing for. Aside from my above diatribe, I would point out the immensely improved codec support as MC6's crowning feature. They've also opened up their doors to the hardware market, allowing you to choose a Matrox or BlackMagic hardware solution over Avid's own Nitris or Mojo, if you so choose. That latitude is completely new in the Avid world, and it's greatly appreciated by we users who can't live without Media Composer!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Maybe

By: Jared Flynn
Date: April 30, 2012

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The natural choice for editors!

Ever since Apple stopped discontinued FCP 7, many editors had to make a choice between Avid and Premiere Pro. I tested both and found that Media Composer provided a more robust and stable architectural. The trim tools are excellent and they are just so many ways to edit, that makes it so intuitive. An excellent storytelling tool!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Eric Lau
Date: April 19, 2012

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