More capabilities. Less stress.
From working with HEVC video captured on an iPhone or Android device, to mixing soundtracks and creating titles more easily, Media Composer 2020.12 brings new capabilities, enhancements, and improvements to your storytelling toolset. Plus, we packed in several of your top requested features too.
From first cut to final finishing, get the tools every video editor needs to create compelling stories faster.
Work with any type of media
Import and edit footage from any camera, no matter the format, codec, or resolution. From HD and UHD, to HDR, 8K, and beyond, experience smooth, frame-accurate playback—even when mixing different types of video, audio, images, and frame rates.
High-res, high efficiencyNEW!
With the new Avid Media Engine, you can work with high-res, HDR, and proxy media more easily. Avid DNxHR and OpenEXR support eliminate bottlenecks, so you can work with a massive amount of media and quickly relink proxies to the original files with ease.
Track media with confidence
Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Your project media will always be linked—even as projects move and evolve over the years.
Edit with Oscar- and Emmy-winning tools
The majority of all films and TV shows are edited on Media Composer. That’s because it makes the creative process fast, easy, and gratifying. From fluid timeline editing, to the precision toolset, you can navigate and cut sequences more intuitively and tell better stories.
Boost your creative flowNEW!
Work the way you want to work, with a modern interface that makes editing easier and more fluid. Task-oriented workspaces—Edit, Color, Audio, and Effects—provide just the tools you need. You can even resize, rearrange, and hide panels.
Accelerate multicam editing
Show every angle of your story with ease with the Emmy Award-winning multicamera editing toolset. Sync up to 64 different angles automatically—even with different formats and frames—so you can immediately edit and align shots as needed.
Design stunning visuals
Add dramatic flair to your stories with built-in VFX, filters, and titles. Take your creative vision further with more video plugins and advanced tools to create composites, motion effects, transitions, graphics, and animation.
Finish in the box—or out
Whether you do all color correction, grading, and audio mixing in Media Composer, or roundtrip out to other applications, you can be confident that your work will accurately hit every delivery specification.
Total color precision NEW!
Media Composer future-proofs your content with its 32-bit floating point color pipeline and ACES color support, ensuring consistent color accuracy from end to end. The Symphony Option offers advanced color grading tools and IMF packaging, so you can easily deliver to Netflix and other OTT specifications with confidence.
Produce dramatic HDR imagery
Tell stories that showcase true-to-life image quality with effortless HDR workflows. Import, edit, color grade, and deliver incredibly realistic imagery with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights.
Create studio-quality soundtracks
Make your story sound as good as it looks with a suite of audio tools and plugins. Create up to 64 tracks of dialogue, music, and sound effects in 7.1 surround. Or send all tracks and effects to Pro Tools for audio post—without having to transcode sequences first.
Do more, stress less
The next-generation Avid Media Engine gives you more power and speed, so you can stay focused on what matters most—your story.
From intelligent media handling, to automated tasks, Media Composer takes the work out of your workflow.
Go big—up to 8K and beyond
Experience smooth, reliable editing and playback performance, no matter how large your source files are. Work with all the beautiful, high-resolution image detail of the original media for better editing precision, without your workflow coming to a standstill.
Optimized for the best HDR experience
From capture to edit, finishing to output, Media Composer provides the high-efficiency media handling, ACES color space, and 32-bit floating color pipeline you need to deliver HDR content predictably, with pristine accuracy.
Edit at the speed of your imagination
With the live timeline and unlimited playback streams, you can make changes to sequences during playback on the fly. Plus, with native support for tons of formats, including OP1a, you can start editing immediately—without the transcode wait.
Save time with automation
Media Composer automates time-consuming tasks in the background. Instead of waiting hours for transcoding, rendering, consolidating, and relinking media, you can just keep working. Plus, it offers automated bin saving, audio mixes, audio/video sync, and more.
Whether you’re a new or longtime Media Composer user, get additional partner software (worth more than $750 USD) on us.
Maintain your Media Composer subscription or annual updates plan and get the following software as complimentary gifts* from Avid and our partners.
Accusonus ERA Voice Leveler—$59 USD value
Even out distracting dialogue and vocal levels with a single knob plugin that detects and corrects audio level inconsistencies. Ideal for podcasters, videographers, vloggers, dialogue editors, and audio post engineers, it delivers natural results without compression, saving you time.
NewBlueFX Chroma Key Pro—$99 USD value
Take the complexity out of color keying with a plugin that makes it easy to key out green or blue screens quickly. Save time with presets, or use the sliders to fine-tune, with full control over the color range, sensitivity, spill, edge smoothness, and more. You can even create glows, shadows, and outlines around your subject.
Pro Sound Effects | Foley Essentials—$99 USD value
Add Foley effects in a scene to make movement sound natural and realistic. Created by Academy Award-winning sound artists Mark Mangini and Richard L. Anderson, this library contains over 90 Foley recordings of common actions—including footsteps, cloth rustle, body grabs, and more—to bring everyday scenes to life.
Sound Ideas—$495 USD value
Get 50 high-quality, royalty-free production music tracks that can be used in any project. Because the music comes with a worldwide license, you never have to worry about where your production may be watched or used. Find everything from techno/dance/house, rock/pop, world music, classical, and jazz, to comedy/cartoon, Christmas, and new age tracks.
* Please note that only Media Composer, Media Composer | Ultimate, Media Composer for Education, and Media Composer | Ultimate, Education Pricing customers with an active monthly or annual subscription or a 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (perpetual licenses) are eligible to receive these gifts. For new offers, please allow up to 7 business days for product to appear in your account.
Experience the collaborative, efficient workflows top video professionals rely on.
Share projects, edit remotely, and have more control over your production. The flexibility you need to accelerate and manage your workflow starts here.
Share projects, bins, and media
Add Avid NEXIS shared storage to your workflow and multiple video editors and assistants can work on the same projects at once. No more accidentally overwriting work or needing to duplicate and micromanage media.
Maintain quality from end to endNEW!
As projects move from offline to online—and from in-house to external teams and back again—the standardized ACES color space ensures that all high-res and HDR projects will maintain full image quality and color accuracy from end to end, across all color and VFX work.
Keep production movingNEW!
With the Distributed Processing option you can offload time-consuming rendering and transcoding tasks to unused or idle networked computers, freeing up Media Composer workstations, and taking wasteful downtime out of the process.
Customize the interface for any roleNEW!
Media Composer is the only video editing solution that lets you tailor the interface for any role in your organization—from video editors, to assistants, loggers, or journalists. Provide only the tools needed to do the job, enabling better focus and faster completion.
Secure your productionNEW!
Media Composer is the only video editing software that enables you to limit user access to workspaces and tools and restrict content export, so you can safeguard your media and mitigate costly mistakes and leaks.
Bridge workflows between teams
For editors working in news, sports, and studio production environments, Media Composer integrates with MediaCentral, enabling teams to connect and access content locally and remotely across the entire platform ecosystem.
Accelerate your edit
Add super-powers to Media Composer with advanced tools for color and news workflows.
Gain advanced capabilities and save hours of time with these Media Composer options (included with Media Composer | Ultimate).
Find the right clips fast
With PhraseFind, you can quickly find clips in a project that contain specific dialogue. Simply type keywords to locate all clips that contain the speech in multiple languages—ideal for unscripted shows.
Sync takes to a script in seconds
Compare performances and find the best takes fast. ScriptSync automatically syncs clips to their associated script lines, so you can quickly find takes by scene, script page, or dialogue.
Color and master faster
With Symphony, you can stylize shots and correct color with ultra-precision, then deliver content easily with IMF packaging. Plus, universal mastering makes it easy to take your offline online.
Turn around breaking news quickly
Get the speed you need to stay ahead of the story. With NewsCutter, you can integrate directly with MediaCentral, iNEWS, and ENPS, and take it to air faster.
Remote collaboration made easy
Add web browser editing, storyboarding, phonetic media search, and project management capabilities to your Media Composer workflow to jumpstart and accelerate post production.
AVID | EDIT ON DEMAND
Access your edit suite anywhere
Expand your production team and ramp up new projects at a moment’s notice with a fully provisioned virtual editing suite in the cloud—complete with cloud-optimized Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage.
AVID ARTIST I/O
Capture, monitor, and output high-res media with powerful video interfaces that offer exceptional performance and versatility.
Enable real-time media production with a bullet-proof storage platform offering powerful, predictable performance.
Get extensive touch and tactile control to speed up audio recording, editing, and mixing tasks in Media Composer.
Connect. Collaborate. Get Discovered.
Join a vibrant creative community of other video and audio creators. Expand your opportunities, promote your work, and find new talent—all in one free app.
Get up and running fast, with tutorials for new Media Composer users, as well as for Premiere Pro and Final Cut editors.
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