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Sale: Avid Media Composer | Ultimate Subscription – 20% Off – Ends June 30, 2021

Avid Media Composer 2020.4

Avid Media Composer | Ultimate is ideal for professional editors, movie makers, and journalists who work in a collaborative environment.  Get a one year subscription now and save 20%.  Sale ends June 30, 2021.

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Save 20% on Ultimate 1 Year Subscription - Ends June 30th 2021

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

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.

Gain real-time collaboration, MediaCentral integration, and additional dialog search, finishing, and newsroom tools with Media Composer | Ultimate.

Included software options in Ultimate: Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option

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Avid Media Composer Comparison 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)

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