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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 subscription, 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.

Use the tools the pros use starting at just $49.99

When reputations are on the line, professional editors have long turned to Media Composer to help them expertly manage mountains of media, simplify workflows, and accelerate the editorial process to tell the best story possible. And now the software is an easy fit for any budget through a monthly or annual subscription (or you can still buy the software), enabling you to add the media industry standard to your workflow on a low-cost, as-needed basis.

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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).

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Toggle clips and tracks on and off in the timeline

With new clip and track playback features, exploring compositional alternatives is easier than ever. Quickly compare variations of a sequence by right-clicking on any individual video or audio clip to mute or unmute it from playback. Or try out different variations by creating alternative versions of title sequences, visual effects, and other treatments in multiple tracks and then choosing video tracks to make active or inactive upon playback. If you're coming to Media Composer from other editing software, you'll feel right at home with these features.

Speed up editing with new timeline enhancements

  • Quickly add and remove trim rollers by Shift-clicking anywhere in an adjoining segment
  • Easily see which tracks have reached their beginning or end points when trimming with new “end of trim” indicators
  • Choose whether to select or not select filler with segment tools by Option-clicking the tool buttons any time you want to choose the opposite of your default setting
  • Copy any segment by dragging and dropping it to a desired location while holding down the Shift and Option keys
  • Create and save titles directly to a track in the timeline, as well as a bin

Expand digital intermediate and multicam workflows

With the new Avid Image Sequencer plug-in, you can now read DPX files directly in Media Composer—no transcoding required. And if you work in stereoscopic 3D, you can now create groups from stereoscopic clips for multicam editing. Simply add S3D clips to a group; Media Composer displays the metadata for the clip designated as the leading eye in the bin.

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 and automate your workflow

Gain more time for creativity with new features that accelerate and simplify your workflow. Forget waiting for effects to render—with the new Background Render feature, you can keep working while all effects are rendered in the background. With the new FrameFlex tools, you can acquire high-res sources and immediately start working in HD while maintaining full creative control of the image reframing and keyframing, from beginning to end (See how). With Dynamic Media Folders, non-creative 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 and associates AMA-linked media as reliably as it does with native Avid media (see how).

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

Get the tools you need to perfect your entire soundtrack with ease. With new support for 64-bit AAX audio plug-ins and the new Master Audio Fader, you can create, edit, and enhance audio mixes and optimize the overall program loudness, making broadcast regulation adherence quick and easy. Make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timeline—independently of any track-based automation—with the Clip Gain control. Generate multiple audio mixdowns automatically using the Multiple Mix window. Maintain audio track sync with Automatic Delay Compensation (like in Pro Tools). And work with floating point audio with new AMA support for Broadcast WAVE files.

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. Create titles and optimize your audio and video with the Media Composer | Production Pack, which includes NewBlue Titler Pro 2, iZotope Insight, and Sorenson Squeeze. 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…

  • Assign bins as "favorites" so you always have access to frequently used material in any project
  • Locate files faster with new search capabilities that quickly filter results as you type and extend coverage to comments and markers
  • Experience better performance with image thumbnail caching, GPU processing support for AVX2 plug-ins, and more
  • Create comprehensive reference files easily with the new Simplified AAF format
  • Get more responsive multicam scrubbing and better timeline navigation when working with simultaneous video streams
  • Get better performance when using external storage with the increased request list
  • Edit ARRI AMIRA footage directly, with color transformations applied automatically from the embedded ARRI metadata
  • View border colors based on the clip color or type in Frame view for better organization
  • Get support for the latest RED SDK with the newly updated RED AMA plug-in
  • Experience new performance enhancements when using 48-core computers, Artist Color, and when switching viewer modes
  • 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 features and enhancements (see how):
    • Export MXF OP1a DNxHD and J2K through AMA for more broadcast workflow flexibility
    • Sift through AMA clips in the Media Tool more easily, as AMA master clips can now be associated with a project and individually sorted
    • 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
  • Merge source and program segment color correction in the Media Composer | Symphony Option


With Media Composer, you can edit file-based media, stereoscopic 3D material, tape, and film faster and easier than anything else available.

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.


With fully collaborative workflows, accelerated editing options, and industry-proven reliability, you can exceed expectations under the tightest deadlines.

Accelerate performance with Avid hardware

For the fastest capture/edit/monitor/output workflows, pair Media Composer with a Media Composer | Nitris DX or Media Composer | Mojo DX video interface and experience hardware-accelerated power that’s second to none. You can even customize Nitris DX with up to two Avid DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips to fully support stereoscopic 3D and HD RGB 4:4:4 workflows.

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Work with the hardware you have

Media Composer is fully open thanks to Avid Open I/O, so you can work with your choice of powerful and reliable Avid audio and video interfaces or third-party video I/O cards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU. Manufacturers can simply create plug-ins using Avid Open I/O to have their hardware work with Media Composer, meaning you’ll have even more choices to come.

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Get stock footage and more in the Avid Marketplace

Conveniently browse for stock footage, plug-ins, hardware, and more, right from within Media Composer—no shoes, shirt, or pants required. Search for, preview, and purchase stock footage from T3 Media in context with your project. Shop for plug-ins, software options, and compatible hardware to extend your capabilities. You’ll even find training material and other media that’ll help perfect your skills.

Get a walkthrough of the Avid Marketplace in this video

Collaborate with everyone, everywhere

Share media, projects, and bins—locally and across the world—to complete projects on time and on budget. With Avid ISIS, you and your team can access the same assets and capture media to the same volume simultaneously, without copying. Collaborate across mixed editing platforms, including Final Cut Pro, through AMA, which supports ProRes encoding (Mac only) and decoding. Share audio mixes with Pro Tools editors—and vice-versa—using AAF. And extend real-time production everywhere with Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere).

Gain peace of mind with reliable media management

Whether you work alone or as part of a team, you won’t have to worry about losing your assets. Media Composer provides you with 20+ years of industry-proven media management innovation, which keeps track of all your projects, assets, source material, rendered files, metadata, and more, so you don’t have to. Not only that, you can automate media tasks in the background and track your assets the way you want.

Everything you need

Get the look, sound, and quality you want using a host of built-in effects, audio, and color tools, plus the Media Composer | Symphony Option, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, and more—included with all Media Composer | Software subscriptions.

Design and dazzle with visual effects

Give your projects that professional polish. Create eye-catching 2D and 3D composites, titles, animation, and effects with Boris Continuum Complete Lite (included with Media Composer subscriptions and the Media Composer | Symphony Option). Add visual drama and depth with the built-in 2D and 3D effects, title tools, transitions, keying, and motion effects. Track and stabilize motion. And expand your visual palette with our third-party partners' effects, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer through the Avid Marketplace.

Create studio-quality soundtracks

Make your projects sound as good as they look using the built-in audio recording, editing, and mixing tools (watch the video ). Record and monitor voiceovers, overdubs, and more using select Avid audio interfaces. Edit and mix in up to 7.1 surround sound (watch the video). Polish sounds with the included AAX effects—the same plug-ins that come with Pro Tools. And expand your sound with the industry’s best compressors, reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from the Avid Marketplace.

Color correct and grade with precision

Save time and maintain the highest quality production with the fully integrated 10-bit color correction toolset. Quickly and accurately match colors from shot to shot using NaturalMatch. Gain better color precision with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing. Get fine control over shots with animatable color correction. Speed up your color work with Artist Color (watch the video ). And if you need advanced and secondary color tools—plus mastering tools and Boris Continuum Complete Lite—add the the Media Composer | Symphony Option.

Design and deliver

With Sorenson Squeeze Lite included in Media Composer subscriptions (or get the full Sorenson Squeeze in the Media Composer | Production Pack), you can optimize media for the highest-quality playback—online or on disc. Prepare and optimize content in a variety of formats (including HD, DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Flash, and 3GPP).

Say goodbye to tape with AS-02/AS-11 file-based output

With support for AS-02/AS-11 MXF formats through AMA, you can manage multiple versions of the same sequence easily, as the AS-02/AS-11 packs everything into a single bundle without duplicating assets, saving storage space. Seamlessly move content between Avid and other systems that support the formats. Use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your versioning/archive workflow. And because the formats are open industry standards, you’ll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.

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Media Composer is easy to learn and use, but help is always available when you need it, from video tutorials, user-driven forums, and the Knowledge Base, to standard Avid support (always included) and Elite support plans.

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