System requirements

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 or Enterprise (64-bit)
  • 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 Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks (64-bit)
  • 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

  1. 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
  2. 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.

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

Media Composer | Nitris DX

  • Nitris DX*—High-performance analog and digital I/O video interface
  • One or two (optional) DNxHD and/or AVC-Intra chips (two chips maximum)
  • PCIe Host Interface Board—Connects Nitris DX to your computer
  • One year hardware warranty

Media Composer | Mojo DX

  • Mojo DX—High-performance digital I/O video interface
  • PCIe Host Interface Board—Connects Mojo DX to your computer (for laptop connection, an optional PCIe laptop adapter is required)
  • One year hardware warranty
  • DX Thunderbolt Adapter (optional)—Connect Mojo DX to Avid-qualified Thunderbolt-equipped computers

*Additional DNxHD and AVC-Intra chips for Nitris DX are available for separate purchase.

Media specifications

Supported project formats

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File-based support

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Supported audio and video plug-in formats

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