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Media Composer | Enterprise

Customize the interface for any role

 


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Audience and availability

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Audience and availability

Ideal for...

Aspiring video professionals and beginners Professional editors and movie makers who work independently Professional editors, movie makers, and journalists who work in a collaborative environment Large broadcast and post-production teams with multiple roles contributing to the production that need administrative control and security, plus media education facilities
Availability A free download for anyone to use Get a 1-year subscription and pay monthly or in full; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available for those who prefer to own the software Get a monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year subscription; add the Media Composer | Cloud VM option to run Media Composer as virtual machine software; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available (does not include the software options that come with Media Composer | Ultimate) Annual subscription
Included software options Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option

General

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

General

Projects Unlimited Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects
Bins 5 bins per project Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects*
* for perpetual licences only
Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects
Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects

Video and audio plugin support

AVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins
Transcode Limited + + +
Consolidate Limited + + +
Backward licensing compatibility Anyone can activate and run Media Composer | First 2018.9 and later* Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2018.9 and later* (see details for perpetual licenses here) Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2018.9 and later* (see details for perpetual licenses here) Current subscribers can activate and run Media Composer 2019.6 and later*
Access control n/a n/a n/a Limit or restrict access by user or group to projects, bins, media functions, and more

Get details on accessing older software in your Avid Account

Features

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Features

Video editing Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Multicam editing Group Clips
4-Way Split Display
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Video effects Limited core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
FrameFlex + + + +
Timecode tool + + + +
Print Timeline + + + +
List tool + + +
Film workflows + + +
Stereoscopic 3D + + +
Color Correction CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
Audio editing Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio effects Limited core set Full core set (see details) Full core set (see details)
Workspaces Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Edit
Color
Effects
Audio
Interface customization Customize the interface for any production role in your organization
Titles Titler+ Titler+
Marquee tool
Titler+
Marquee tool
Titler+
Marquee tool
Background render, transcode, and consolidate + + +
Settings Limited User settings
Limited Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Keyboard Mapping Limited (based on available functions) Full Full Full

Source/Record color differentiation

On by default Off by default Off by default Off by default
Snap to Edit On by default Off by default Off by default Off by default

Auto-launch Effects Editor

On by default Off by default Off by default Off by default

Video and audio plugin support

AVX and AAX plugins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins All AVX and AAX plugins
Avid Marketplace In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade

Collaboration and control

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Shared bins and projects Perpetual licenses only + +
MediaCentral workflow integration Perpetual licenses only + +
Avid NEXIS shared media workflows Perpetual licenses only + +
Role-based interface customization +
Limit access to features, functions, media, and locations +
Lock content export and publishing +

Tracks

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Tracks

Video tracks 4 64 64 64
Audio tracks 8 64 64 64
Data tracks Not supported Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported

Video and color

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Video and color

Linked file support Full decode
SD, HD, >HD
File, Volume, and third-party export not supported
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Video file formats See the latest See the latest See the latest See the latest
Project formats SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080 SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, 16K, Custom
Frame rates 23.978p, 24p, 25i, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p
No progressive support for SD rasters
23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p 23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p 23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p
Native compression JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
Floating point timeline (32-bit) + + +
Color spaces 601/709 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy, ACES 1.0
Desktop display LUTs n/a Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy

Audio

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Audio

Audio resolutions 32, 44.1, on-the-fly conversion to 48 kHz; 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit
Audio channels Mono, dual mono, stereo Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround

Import

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Import

Source Browser + + + +
Drag-and-Drop Import + + + +
Drag-and-Drop Link + + + +
Photoshop w/Layers + + + +
Capture + + +
Dynamic Media Folders + + +
IMF Link With Symphony Option + +
OP1a Native Link and Import + + + +
OpenEXR decoding + + +
AAF Import + + +
EDL Import + + +
ALE Import + + +
Shot Log Import + + +
SCC Import + + +
Edit While Capture + + +

Export

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Export

QuickTime (.mov) formats Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV + + +
Publish to YouTube +
Publish to Vimeo +
Graphic Export Limited: TIFF, JPEG + + +
AAF Export + + +
ALE Export + + +
AFE Export + + +
Shot Log Export + + +
SCC Export + + +
TTML Export + + +
AMA File Export + + +
DPX Export + + +
AS-11 MXF OP1a Export + + +
DNxHD MXF OP1a Export + + +
DNxHR MXF OP1a Export + + +
J2K MXF OP1a Export + + +
OP1a Export + + +
IMF Export With Symphony Option + +
Export to Device + + +
Send to... + + +

Hardware interfaces

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Hardware interfaces

Avid Artist | DNxIQ + + +
Avid Artist | DNxIV + + +
Avid Artist | DNxIP + + +
Avid Artist | DNxID + + + +
Avid and third-party audio interfaces Limited to 2-channel I/O + + +
Third-party video interface + + +

Control surfaces

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Control surfaces

Pro Tools | Control + + +
Pro Tools | Dock + + +
Artist Control + + +
Artist Mix + + +
Artist Color
+ + +
Artist Transport + + +

Software options

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Software options

Media Composer | Symphony Option + +
(included)
+
(included)
Media Composer | NewsCutter Option + +
(included)
+
(included)
Media Composer | ScriptSync Option + +
(included)
+
(included)
Media Composer | PhraseFind Option + +
(included)
+
(included)
Media Composer | Production Pack + + +
Media Composer | Distributed Processing + +
Media Composer | Cloud VM + +

Compatible Avid solutions

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Interplay | Production Perpetual licenses only + +
Interplay | MAM Perpetual licenses only + +
MediaCentral Perpetual licenses only + +
MediaCentral | Cloud UX Perpetual licenses only + +
Avid NEXIS shared bins and projects Perpetual licenses only + +
iNEWS Perpetual licenses only + +

System requirements

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise

Minimum system requirements Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details) Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)

*Please note that the Media Composer | PhraseFind Option and ScriptSync Option are not included with Media Composer | Ultimate monthly subscriptions at this time.

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