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Audience and availability
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
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
Get a 1-year subscription and pay monthly or in full or easily manage multiple licenses and users with Media Composer for teams
Get a monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year subscription—floating license included; add the Media Composer | Cloud VM option to run Media Composer as virtual machine software or easily manage multiple licenses and users with Media Composer | Ultimate for teams
Annual subscription—floating license included
Included software options
Media Composer | PhraseFind AI Option, ScriptSync AI Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option
Media Composer | PhraseFind AI Option, ScriptSync AI Option, Symphony Option, NewsCutter Option, Cloud VM, Distributed Processing, and Avid NEXIS | EDGE
General
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
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
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Consolidate
Limited
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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*
* Get details on accessing older software in your Avid Account
Access control
n/a
n/a
n/a
Limit or restrict access by user or group to projects, bins, media functions, and more
Features
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
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
Edit Groups
Mixed Rate Groups
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
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Timecode tool
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Sequence Map
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Bulk Edit
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List tool
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Film workflows
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Stereoscopic 3D
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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 and mixing
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 Mixer
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Mixer
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Mixer
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
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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
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MediaCentral workflow integration
Perpetual licenses only
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Avid NEXIS shared media workflows
Perpetual licenses only
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Avid NEXIS | EDGE collaborative and proxy workflows
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Role-based interface customization
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Limit access to features, functions, media, and locations
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Lock content export and publishing
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SRT output for remote over-the-shoulder collaboration
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Tracks
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
Video tracks
4
99
99
99
Audio tracks
8
99
99
99
Data tracks
Not supported
Fully supported
Fully supported
Fully supported
Video and color
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
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
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
23.976p, 24p, 25i, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p
No progressive support for SD rasters
23.976p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p
23.976p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 47p, 48p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p, 119p, 120p
23.976p, 24.000p, 25.000p, 29.97p, 30.00p, 50.00p, 59.94p, 60.00p for rasters 1080 and higher.
1080i50 and 1080i59.94
720p25, 720p29.97, 720p50, 720p59.94 for the 1280 x 720 raster
720p23.976 does not allow for proxy creation.
SD rasters do not allow for proxy creation.
Native compression
JFIF, DV, ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG
JFIF, DV, ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
JFIF, DV, ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
JFIF, DV, ProRes, XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, DNxUncompressed, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
Floating point timeline (32-bit)
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Color spaces
601/709
601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1
601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1
601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES 1.0, ACES 2065-1
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 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
Source Browser
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Drag-and-Drop Import
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Drag-and-Drop Link
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Photoshop w/Layers
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Capture
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Dynamic Media Folders
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IMF Link
With Symphony Option
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OP1a Native Link and Import
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ProRes decoding (Mac and Windows)
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OpenEXR decoding
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AAF Import
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HEVC (H.265) decoding
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EDL Import
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ALE Import
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Shot Log Import
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SCC Import
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Edit While Capture
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Export
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
QuickTime (.mov) formats
Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV
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Pro Tools Session
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ProRes decoding (Mac and Windows)
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OpenEXR encoding
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Publish to YouTube
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Publish to Vimeo
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Graphic Export
Limited: TIFF, JPEG
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AAF Export
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ALE Export
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AFE Export
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Shot Log Export
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SCC Export
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TTML Export
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AMA File Export
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DPX Export
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AS-11 MXF OP1a Export
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DNxHD MXF OP1a Export
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ProRes MXF OP1a Export
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DNxHR MXF OP1a Export
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J2K MXF OP1a Export
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OP1a Export
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IMF Export
With Symphony Option
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HEVC (H.265) Export
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Export to Device
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Send to...
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Hardware interfaces
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
Avid and third-party audio interfaces
Limited to 2-channel I/O
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Third-party video interfaces
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Control surfaces
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
Avid Dock
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Avid S1
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Software options
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
Media Composer | Symphony Option
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(included)
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(included)
Media Composer | NewsCutter Option
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(included)
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(included)
Media Composer | ScriptSync AI Option
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(included)
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(included)
Media Composer | PhraseFind AI Option
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(included)
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(included)
Media Composer | Distributed Processing
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(included)
Media Composer | Cloud VM
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(included)
Avid NEXIS | EDGE
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(included)
Compatible Avid solutions
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
Interplay | Production
Perpetual licenses only
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Interplay | MAM
Perpetual licenses only
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MediaCentral
Perpetual licenses only
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MediaCentral | Cloud UX
Perpetual licenses only
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Avid NEXIS | EDGE
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Avid NEXIS shared bins and projects
Perpetual licenses only
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iNEWS
Perpetual licenses only
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System requirements
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate
Media Composer | Enterprise
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)
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