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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 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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. Find the right clips or the best takes fast with the Media Composer | PhraseFind Option or Media Composer | ScriptSync Option, which both offer powerful dialog search capabilities to locate relevant clips quickly. 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 (see how):
    • 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

Editing

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.

Workflow

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.

Find the right clips and best takes fast

Working on a scripted or dialog-heavy project such as a reality TV show, documentary, or interview? Save hours of time with two powerful dialog search options. For script-based projects, the Media Composer | ScriptSync Option powered by Nexidia analyzes all clip dialog in your project and then syncs all relevant clips to the script, so you can find the best takes fast. For dialog-driven material, the Media Composer | PhraseFind Option powered by Nexidia indexes all clip dialog in your project, enabling you to quickly locate all relevant clips by searching on a key word or phrase.

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 20 included AIR 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, 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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Support

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.

Get started fast

To help you get up and running quickly, we offer a collection of video tutorials for new editors and FCP editors, workflow guides, webinars, and more on our website. Or advance your career with Avid Training, which offers a variety of courses taught by certified experts.


Join the community for support and more

Need advice or answers from your peers and experts? Join the Avid community, made up of hundreds of professional editors and Avid representatives around the world. Search for answers, ask questions, or help others in our forums. Get some great tips and tutorials from other users in the community. And check out what other Media Composer users are doing or thinking about in Avid Blogs.

We’re here to help

If you need personal assistance, help is just a click or phone call away. We offer a variety of support options, including standard Avid Support, which is included with all Media Composer subscriptions and purchases, plus Avid Per Incident Support, and Avid Elite Support plans.