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Media Composer

The Professional's Choice for Creative Editorial

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Tell Great Stories

Accelerate storytelling with the tools embraced by top movie, television, and broadcast editors. From first cut to final finishingMedia Composer helps spark and speed your creativity like no other, enabling you to take on and media resolution, work with HDP and 3D content and create impactful scenes, effects, and soundtracks with unmatched ease.

Edit HD and High-Res Natively

From the biggest movies to small indie films, more productions today are shooting in 4K and beyond. With Media Composer, you can edit and deliver high volumes of high-res media quickly. And get native support for the widest array of media codecs, including those from Panasonic, Sony, RED, Canon and more. 

Work Faster, Not Harder

Media Composer takes care of the time-consuming task for you, so you can focus purely on telling your story. From automating complex tasks and rendering effects in the background to simplifying high-res workflows and managing media, you get timesaving tools that work the way you want - with what you want - without getting in the way of creativity.

Go Bigger - Without Barriers

You can now work without any resolution, frame rate, or video stream count limitations, enabling you to edit and deliver more media to the highest quality. And create more hyper-realistic, better-looking 3D and 360 VR content with support for 120 fps video coming soon. 

Deliver Video over IP

Got an NDI (Newtek Device Interface) device? You can now send video from Media Composer to any NDI-aware device over your local network. It's ideal for simplifying the review and approval process and minimizes the costs by leveraging your existing Ethernet infrastructure. 

Work with 8K easily

8K is on the rise to replace 4K, and Media Composer makes handling this ultra-high definition resolution easier. You can now write and playback 8L video directly from Avid NEXIS, as well as encode/decode 8K video to the virtually lossless Avid DNxHR codec for better performance.

Get Better UHD Perforance

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 resolution. 

Manage Assets with Easy

For smaller editorial teams working with Avid NEXIS, Media Central | Editorial Management offer and wast and cost-effective way to manage and share Media Composer projects and media, as well as integrated editing workflows with Adobe Premier (Media Composer | Ultimate Only).

Get The Tools You Need

Got a story to tell? Media Composer is 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, Media Central integration, and additional dialogue search, finishing, and newsroom tools with Media Composer | Ultimate. 


Media Composer Family

Media Composer | First
Free - for aspiring video professionals and beginners

For beginners and aspiring pros, Media Composer | First is a free version of Media Composer that makes it easy to start learning and editing video using many of the same tools professional editors use. It offers simple start-up and easy-to-use interface to create stories with up to 4 video tracks and 8 audio tracks and manages up to 5 bins per project. It also offers direct publishing to YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook. 

Get started with this free version of Media Composer

Media Composer | Standard
Industry standard tools for independent editors and movie makers

For professional editors and filmmakers who work independently and need advanced editing tools. Media Composer offers the complete feature set, with up to 24 video tracks, 64 audio tracks, and unlimited bins, but does not support bin/project sharing, Media Central integration, and other collaborative workflows. Options such as Media Composer PhraseFind, ScriptSync, Symphony, and NewsCutter are available as addons

Media Composer | Ultimate
For advanced post production and collaborative workflows

For professional editors, assistance, journalists, producers, movie makers, educators and other media contributors who need advanced post-production and collaborative workflows, Media Composer Ultimate (Formerly known simply as media composer) provides all the same features and functions as Media Composer plus additional software and workflows to facilitate working collaboratively as a team. Media Composer | Ultimate supports shared bins and projects, integrates with Media Central for collaboration, and includes the Media Composer | Phrase Find, Script Sync, Symphony and NewsCutter Options. 


  • Media Composer

    Deliver your best stories
    There’s a reason why more professional moviemakers and television editors use Media Composer than any other video editing solution—it gives you the editing and finishing speed you need to complete projects faster. From its ACE-certified tools and unique timesaving workflows, to the most reliable media management in the biz, Media Composer empowers creative storytelling like no other.


    Edit anything
    SD and HD. 2K through 8K and beyond. Even stereoscopic 3D and HDR. No matter what media you’ve got, Media Composer welcomes the widest range of file/camera formats, codecs, and resolutions, so you can acquire and turn around content faster. Without copying or transcoding media first. Whether you’ve got footage in a camera, media drive, smartphone, or video server, bringing your story together is easy.


    Get beauty without the wait
    It’s no secret that high-resolution, high frame rate media can put the brakes on any workflow. Media Composer eliminates these bottlenecks, offering powerful 64-bit performance, groundbreaking Avid DNxHR, AMA, and Avid Resolution Independence technologies, plus background rendering and transcoding, to keep your media and creativity flowing.


    Gain great efficiency
    Experience the fastest editorial workflows in the industry. Instantly access and edit file-based media without transcoding or copying media. Build stories with up to 24 video tracks. Preview clips before committing them to a project. Edit multicam projects with ease. Even automate non-creative media tasks—such as transcoding, consolidating, and relinking—in the background using Dynamic Media Folders.


    Get reliable media management
    Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media for you, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Gain peace of mind with over 20 years of industry-proven media management innovation supporting everything you do.


    Design stunning visuals
    Add dramatic flair to your stories with a host of built-in effects, color, and title tools. From creating jaw-dropping VFX, green screen composites, motion effects, and transitions, to correcting color, tinting scenes, and designing graphical titles and animations, it’s easy to give your projects that professional polish.


    Work in HDR
    With support for a variety of High Dynamic Range (HDR) color specs, profiles, and workflows, Media Composer enables you to color grade video and achieve richer, more dramatic imagery, with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights. It’s a fast-growing technology—and an important way to future-proof your valuable content.


    Create studio-quality soundtracks
    Sound is half the picture. With Media Composer, you can make your projects sound as good as they look. Record, edit, and mix up to 64 audio tracks in 7.1 surround. Create groups to mix dialog, Foley, music, and sound effects more easily. And polish soundtracks using the same high-quality audio effects and sound processors that come with Pro Tools.


    Get the Avid hardware advantage
    Looking for the fastest way to capture, monitor, and output high-quality video? Pair Media Composer with an Avid Artist interface and get the tight integration you need to handle the most demanding workflows—from portable 4K interfaces to solutions that offer an extensive array of I/O or video over IP. You can also use third-party interfaces through Avid Open I/O.


    Extend your workflow
    From finding every clip or take that contains specific words of dialog in seconds, to adding advanced color correction, mastering, newsroom integration, visual effects, and titling tools, it’s easy to extend your workflow by adding one or more Media Composer options. These include Media Composer PhraseFind, ScripySync, Symphony, NewsCutter, and Production Pack. 

    Go Further with Media Composer | Ultimate
    Need to work together in a post-production, new or other media environment - check out Avid Media Composer | Ultimate

  • Media Composer | Ultimate

    Deliver your best stories
    There’s a reason why more professional moviemakers and television editors use Media Composer than any other video editing solution—it gives you the editing and finishing speed you need to complete projects faster. From its ACE-certified tools and unique timesaving workflows, to the most reliable media management in the biz, Media Composer empowers creative storytelling like no other.


    Collaborate with anyone, anywhere
    When it’s crunch time, collaboration is key. Media Composer | Ultimate makes it a breeze. Share media, projects, and bins to complete projects faster, together. Share assets locally and remotely with Avid NEXIS. Collaborate with other Media Composer, MediaCentral | Editorial Management, MediaCentral | Production Management, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro editors and contributors. And extend real-time production everywhere with Media Composer | Cloud Remote.

    Edit anything
    SD and HD. 2K through 8K and beyond. Even stereoscopic 3D and HDR. No matter what media you’ve got, Media Composer welcomes the widest range of file/camera formats, codecs, and resolutions, so you can acquire and turn around content faster. Without copying or transcoding media first. Whether you’ve got footage in a camera, media drive, smartphone, or video server, bringing your story together is easy.


    Get beauty without the wait
    It’s no secret that high-resolution, high frame rate media can put the brakes on any workflow. Media Composer eliminates these bottlenecks, offering powerful 64-bit performance, groundbreaking Avid DNxHR, AMA, and Avid Resolution Independence technologies, plus background rendering and transcoding, to keep your media and creativity flowing.


    Gain great efficiency
    Experience the fastest editorial workflows in the industry. Instantly access and edit file-based media without transcoding or copying media. Build stories with up to 24 video tracks. Preview clips before committing them to a project. Edit multicam projects with ease. Even automate non-creative media tasks—such as transcoding, consolidating, and relinking—in the background using Dynamic Media Folders.


    Find the best takes and right clips fast
    Editing a movie, TV show, or interview? Save hours of clip searching time with two powerful solutions included with Media Composer | Ultimate. Find the best takes fast with ScriptSync, which analyzes all clip dialog in your project, then syncs all relevant clips to the script. For dialog-heavy productions, PhraseFind indexes all clip dialog, so you can find all relevant clips in seconds by typing a keyword or phrase.


    Get reliable media management
    Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media for you, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Gain peace of mind with over 20 years of industry-proven media management innovation supporting everything you do.


    Design stunning visuals
    Add dramatic flair to your stories with a host of built-in effects, color, and title tools. From creating jaw-dropping VFX, green screen composites, motion effects, and transitions, to correcting color, tinting scenes, and designing graphical titles and animations, it’s easy to give your projects that professional polish.


    Work in HDR
    With support for a variety of High Dynamic Range (HDR) color specs, profiles, and workflows, Media Composer enables you to color grade video and achieve richer, more dramatic imagery, with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights. It’s a fast-growing technology—and an important way to future-proof your valuable content.


    Extend your workflow
    Media Composer | Ultimate includes the Symphony Option, providing advanced and
    secondary color correction tools and Universal Mastering to finish and deliver projects. It also comes with the NewsCutter Option, making it easy to integrate with MediaCentral | Newsroom Management, iNEWS, and other ENPS for streamlined news editing (Windows only).


    Create studio-quality soundtracks
    Sound is half the picture. With Media Composer, you can make your projects sound as good as they look. Record, edit, and mix up to 64 audio tracks in 7.1 surround. Create groups to mix dialog, Foley, music, and sound effects more easily. And polish soundtracks using the same high-quality audio effects and sound processors that come with Pro Tools.


    Get the Avid hardware advantage
    Looking for the fastest way to capture, monitor, and output high-quality video? Pair Media Composer with an Avid Artist interface and get the tight integration you need to handle the most demanding workflows—from portable 4K interfaces to solutions that offer an extensive array of I/O or video over IP. You can also use third-party interfaces through Avid Open I/O.


    Run Media Composer virtually
    For broadcasters and media enterprises, Media Composer | Ultimate is available as a “virtual” license that runs on a single server, enabling multiple editors to access the software and projects remotely using an Internet-connected computer or zero client. Not only will you save time on software deployment and upgrades, you get more access flexibility and easier management.


Technical Specifications


Windows

  • Computer
  • Memory

    8GB minimum, 16GB (or more) recommended

    See feature-based performance

  • Additional Notes

    • 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)
    • PC's with more than 48 cores (including hyperthreading) are not supported at this time.
  • GPU Driver Support

    See the Avid Media Composer Version Matrix for current GPU Driver Support

  • Quick time Support

    7.7.8

  • Windows Media Player Support

    Windows Media Player Support - Windows Media Player 12 (for Windows 7)


    Windows Media export compatibility is subject to Microsoft Windows Media updates.

Mac

  • Computer
  • Memory

    8GB minimum. 16 (or more) recommended.


    See Feature Performance page for more info.

  • Additional requirement

    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)

  • GPU Driver support

    See the Avid Media Composer Version Matrix for current GPU Driver Support

  • Quicktime Support

    Mac - 10.x



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