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Features

New Features

Edit with greater efficiently—just added

With tons of new enhancements and improvements, cutting together a powerful story just got a whole lot easier. Save time with new project-level mask margins. Experience faster and more fluid effects and color correction performance when working with high-res media and other processing-intensive formats. Work with RED footage 4x faster with the new plug-in update. And quickly create a sequence based on a clip selection in the timeline.

Preview clips before commitment—just added

Wish you could review file-based media before actually bringing it into your project? Now you can with the new Source Browser window, which enables you to look at and listen to footage quickly and then decide whether you want to import or link to the media—right from the window.

Sound better with new audio tools—just added

Create bigger, richer soundtracks with over 250% more audio tracks than previously available. Work on sequences with up to 64 audio tracks. Create groups for easier handling and discrete mixing of dialog, production sound, music, ADR, Foley, and sound effects. And automatically lower the music bed volume whenever a voiceover kicks in with the audio ducking feature. Plus, you can now nest multiple AudioSuite effects on a single clip for greater flexibility and more creative freedom.

Get better visual feedback when editing

Edit with greater precision—and confidence—with new high-visibility feedback displayed as you edit in the timeline. View clips in real time as you drag them around. See the impact your edits have on all affected clips and tracks with the new live trim update. Plus, you can now drag a clip directly onto the timeline to add a new track.

Take on dynamic HDR projects

Media Composer now supports high dynamic range (HDR) workflows, enabling you to edit and grade projects using new color specs that display a greater dynamic range than standard video. Enhance color and contrast to achieve more realistic, dramatic imagery, with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights. And get support for Dolby Vision, Sony S-Log3, BBC/NHK, and ACES profiles. It’s a fast-growing technology—and an important way to future-proof your valuable content.

Edit faster with the sleeker interface

Working with Media Composer just got a whole lot easier with the newly streamlined yet still robust user interface. Access key tools and features faster thanks to several updates that make your software interaction more intuitive, productive, and fun. This gives you even greater efficiency, so you can focus more time on your creative storytelling.

Rotate images quickly with FrameFlex rotation

Forget having to use 3D Warp; you can now quickly rotate images a little or a lot by rotating the framing box in FrameFlex. Horizontally straighten multiple sources at once. Reset the view for footage shot while the camera was upside down or on its side. You can even animate the rotation parameters in the effects editor.

Experience better performance

Get smoother, stutter-free performance when scrubbing or playing back a complex sequence multiple times. That’s because all played frames—and all effects applied to those clips—are now cached in RAM. And with high core count systems, you’ll see a performance boost when playing back and rendering effects too.

Work with 8K and other high-res media natively

Satisfy your audience’s appetite for higher quality content. With native support for 2K, 4K, Ultra HD, and 8K media, you can acquire, manage, edit, and deliver content quickly and easily. Plus, get support for the the most in-demand camera codecs, including Panasonic AVC-LongG—just added. And view 2K/4K media in its native resolution on a client monitor—in real time—using Avid Artist | DNxIO or any third-party Open I/O-compatible hardware.

Work with 2K/4K media

Work without size limitations

With Avid Resolution Independence, you can work with practically any media in any resolution. Link to, consolidate, and transcode media to any raster size—from 8K to custom rasters. Automate duplicating and parking high-res media into nearline storage using Dynamic Media Folders. Automatically transcode media to working editorial formats. And deliver high-res masters right from Media Composer, eliminating the need for a finishing tool.

Eliminate high-res challenges

Accelerate your high-res workflow, without blowing your storage budget, with Avid DNxHR. Work with a wider range of resolutions—from lightweight proxies for high-performance editorial, to more mastering resolutions for delivery, including 2K, Ultra HD, and 4K. Enable remote 4K collaboration. Plus, DNxHR is backwards compatible with DNxHD, as it’s built on the same extensible, standards-based media codec.

Get lower-cost access

When reputations are on the line, professional film and TV editors turn to Media Composer. That’s because it enables them to manage mountains of media, simplify workflows, and accelerate the editorial process. So they can tell the best story possible. And now it’s an easy fit for any budget, with a range of low-cost options. Choose a monthly or 1–3-year subscription. Purchase and own the software outright. Or get facility-wide floating licensing. The choice is yours.

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Work faster and more easily with many improvements

Experience better performance in full screen playback mode. Easily sync Broadcast Wave audio files with video clips with subframe accuracy. Add one or more custom columns to a bin easily through a contextual menu. Group and sync clips by audio waveform analysis. Find and filter effects faster and easier with the updated Effects palette. Rename, edit, and delete custom project presets with the Preset Manager. And so much more.

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Edit your story

Get powerful performance and speed

Experience the fastest editorial workflows in the industry. Instantly access and edit file-based media without transcoding or copying media. Edit multicam projects with ease. Get smooth playback and responsive bin handling with even the biggest, most complex projects. And because you can render effects and transcode in the background, you can keep working without the wait.

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Play back high-res camera media natively

No need to copy or transcode media. Mix and match Avid DNxHR, Apple ProRes, Canon XF-AVC, Panasonic AVC-I, and Sony XAVC-I high-res media directly from the cameras immediately in the same Media Composer timeline. Access, play, and edit footage with smooth real-time playback. You can even create XAVC-I masters at UHD and 4K resolution.

Work with what you want

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. Directly access and edit a wide range of file-based formats from a variety of camera manufacturers. Work with SD, HD, Ultra HD, 2K, 4K, and 8K media. Go old-school with tape and film. And capture, monitor, and output video with your choice of Avid or third-party interface.

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Work with file-based media

Work with cutting-edge tools

It doesn’t matter how you learned to edit. Media Composer goes where others leave off, enabling you to work the way you want using ACE-certified editing tools. Trim and manipulate on the fly using the Smart Tool. Or perform ultra-precise cuts using award-winning Avid editing tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering. Manage and organize media in bins. And edit high-res and HD material in real time using Avid DNxHR and DNxHD.

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Edit 3D

Bring your audience into your story with full-featured 3D tools and workflows. Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D footage. Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. Mix and match 2D and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track. And work with full frame and frame-compatible sources, dedicated 3D editing tools, video effects, and more.

Accelerate your workflow

Get the Avid hardware advantage

For the fastest capture, edit, monitor, and output, pair Media Composer with Artist | DNxIO. This powerful video interface tightly integrates with Media Composer and provides onboard hardware-accelerated processing to speed up your SD, HD, Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K workflows. It also provides a wide range of analog and digital I/O, plus Avid-exclusive features—such as built-in DNxHR encoding—that are second to none.

Work with the hardware you have

No need to switch out your existing interface. Media Composer is Avid Open I/O-enabled, so you can work with a wide variety of third-party hardware. Choose video I/O interfaces and cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU. Plus, because manufacturers can use Avid Open I/O to create plug-ins that allow their hardware to work with Media Composer, you’ll have even more choices to come.

Integrate stock footage and more

Don’t have the shot or effects you need? Conveniently browse for stock footage, plug-ins, and more right from within Media Composer in the in-app Avid Marketplace. No shoes, shirt, or pants required. Search for, preview, and purchase stock footage 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.


Collaborate with everyone, everywhere

When it’s crunch time, collaboration is key. Media Composer makes it a breeze. Share media, projects, and bins to complete projects on time. Share assets using Avid shared storage. Collaborate with Final Cut, Premiere, and other editors. Share sound mixes with Pro Tools editors. Integrate directly with iNEWS and ENPS systems with the Media Composer | NewsCutter Option. And extend real-time production everywhere with Media Composer | Cloud.

Get reliable media management

Gain peace of mind and never lose sight of your assets. Media Composer provides you with 20+ years of industry-proven media management innovation. The system keeps track of all 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.

Log and track metadata

Say goodbye to tape archives

Need to pack up a project for transfer? Media Composer supports AS-02/AS-11 MXF formats and is AS-11 DPP compliant, making archiving and distribution easy and space efficient. Manage multiple versions of a sequence in a single bundle, without duplicating assets. Move content between Avid and other AS02/AS-11-compatible systems, without repackaging content. And use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your versioning/archive workflow.

Bring your imagination to life

Design and dazzle with visual effects

Add visual drama and depth with the built-in effects, title tools, transitions, keying, and motion effects. Track and stabilize motion. Design eye-catching 2D/3D composites, animation, and more with Boris Continuum Complete Lite, included with Media Composer subscriptions and the Symphony Option. Create high-resolution titles with the included NewBlue Titler Pro. And expand your visual palette with products from our third-party partners.

Deliver rich imagery, without the wait

With support for higher frame rates, including 48p and 60p, you can preserve more image information and natural motion, delivering clarity in even the most chaotic action scenes. Produce the most vivid and realistic color detail with access to the full range of new color standards that high-res projects demand, including HDR. And gain more time to focus on your story with background effects rendering and transcoding.

Create studio-quality soundtracks

Sound is half the picture. Make your projects sound as good as they look using the built-in multichannel audio tools. Record voiceovers, ADR, Foley, and more. Edit and mix in up to 7.1 surround sound. Polish sounds with high-quality AAX audio 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 directly within Media Composer.

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Work with surround sound

Correct color with precision

Fix color or set the tone and mood with built-in color tools. Quickly match colors from shot to shot using NaturalMatch. Correct color with precision thanks to advanced color space processing. Get fine control with animatable color correction. Speed up your color work with hands-on Artist Color control. And if you need advanced and secondary color tools, add the Media Composer | Symphony Option, which also includes Boris Continuum Complete Lite effects.

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Optimize your media

Audiences today expect content to be delivered in the format in which they want to watch. Live TV broadcast. Streaming media. Blu-ray or DVD. On demand. On a mobile device. With Sorenson Squeeze Lite—included with Media Composer subscriptions or as part of the Media Composer | Production Pack—you can optimize media for the highest quality playback online or on disc.