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Media Composer 1 Year Subscription NEW

For professional editors and filmmakers who work independently and need advanced editing tools, this subscription version of Media Composer provides a complete feature set, with up to 24 video tracks, 64 audio tracks, and unlimited bins, but does not support bin/project sharing, MediaCentral integration, and other collaborative workflows. Options such as Media Composer | PhraseFind, ScriptSync, Symphony, and NewsCutter are available as add-on subscriptions.

With this Media Composer option you get updates and standard support for a year.

About Media Composer 1 Year Subscription

The Professional’s Choice for Creative Editorial – Accelerate storytelling with the tools embraced by top movie, television, and broadcast editors. And power through HD and high-res editing faster and easier than ever.

Key features and benefits

Deliver your best stories
There’s a reason why more professional moviemakers and television editors use Media Composer than any other video editing solution—it gives you the editing and finishing speed you need to complete projects faster. From its ACE-certified tools and unique timesaving workflows, to the most reliable media management in the biz, Media Composer empowers creative storytelling like no other.

Edit anything
SD and HD. 2K through 8K and beyond. Even stereoscopic 3D and HDR. No matter what media you’ve got, Media Composer welcomes the widest range of file/camera formats, codecs, and resolutions, so you can acquire and turn around content faster. Without copying or transcoding media first. Whether you’ve got footage in a camera, media drive, smartphone, or video server, bringing your story together is easy.

Get beauty without the wait
It’s no secret that high-resolution, high frame rate media can put the brakes on any workflow. Media Composer eliminates these bottlenecks, offering powerful 64-bit performance, groundbreaking Avid DNxHR, AMA, and Avid Resolution Independence technologies, plus background rendering and transcoding, to keep your media and creativity flowing.

Gain great efficiency
Experience the fastest editorial workflows in the industry. Instantly access and edit file-based media without transcoding or copying media. Build stories with up to 24 video tracks. Preview clips before committing them to a project. Edit multicam projects with ease. Even automate non-creative media tasks—such as transcoding, consolidating, and relinking—in the background using Dynamic Media Folders.

Get reliable media management
Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media for you, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Gain peace of mind with over 20 years of industry-proven media management innovation supporting everything you do.

Design stunning visuals
Add dramatic flair to your stories with a host of built-in effects, color, and title tools. From creating jaw-dropping VFX, green screen composites, motion effects, and transitions, to correcting color, tinting scenes, and designing graphical titles and animations, it’s easy to give your projects that professional polish.

Work in HDR
With support for a variety of High Dynamic Range (HDR) color specs, profiles, and workflows, Media Composer enables you to color grade video and achieve richer, more dramatic imagery, with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights. It’s a fast-growing technology—and an important way to future-proof your valuable content.

Create studio-quality soundtracks
Sound is half the picture. With Media Composer, you can make your projects sound as good as they look. Record, edit, and mix up to 64 audio tracks in 7.1 surround. Create groups to mix dialog, Foley, music, and sound effects more easily. And polish soundtracks using the same high-quality audio effects and sound processors that come with Pro Tools.

Expand your creative possibilities
Don’t have the footage or effects you need? Shop the in-app Avid Marketplace—no shoes, shirt, or pants required. Preview stock footage in context with your project. Purchase plug-ins, software options, and hardware to extend your capabilities. You’ll even find training material to help advance your editing skills.

Get the Avid hardware advantage
Looking for the fastest way to capture, monitor, and output high-quality video? Pair Media Composer with an Avid Artist interface and get the tight integration you need to handle the most demanding workflows—from portable 4K interfaces, to solutions that offer an extensive array of I/O or video over IP. You can also use third-party interfaces through Avid Open I/O.

Extend your workflow
From finding every clip or take that contains specific words of dialog in seconds, to adding advanced color correction, mastering, newsroom integration, visual effects, and titling tools, it’s easy to extend your workflow by adding one or more Media Composer options. These include:

  • Media Composer | PhraseFind Option—Find the right clips fast by typing a word or phrase with this powerful dialog indexing and search engine solution
  • Media Composer | ScriptSync Option—Find the best takes in seconds for every line of dialog in the script with this powerful dialog search and sync solution
  • Media Composer | Symphony Option—Add advanced and secondary color correction tools and Universal Mastering to Media Composer
  • Media Composer | NewsCutter Option—Integrate with MediaCentral | Newsroom Management, iNEWS, and other ENPS for streamlined news editing (Windows only)
  • Media Composer | Production Pack—Complement Media Composer with a bundle of powerful tools to create visual effects, enhance audio, correct color, and optimize media, including NewBlue Amplify, iZotope Insight, iZotope RX Loudness Control, Sorenson Squeeze Pro, and SpeedLooks Studio LINEAR

Go further with Media Composer | Ultimate

Need to work together as a team in a post-production, news, or other media environment? Media Composer | Ultimate (formerly Media Composer) provides all the same editing tools as Media Composer, plus extended workflows for real-time collaboration.


 System Avid-qualified Windows-based computer 
 OS 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise) or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1)
 RAM 8 GB minimum, 16 GB (or more) recommended
24 GB (or more) recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an interplay environment
 Other See the Feature Performance page for more info
 OS Windows OS Compatibility Grid
  *PCs with more than 64 cores (including hyperthreading) are not supported at this time
 System  Avid-qualified Apple computer
 OS  Mac OS X 10.10.x, 10.11.x, or 10.12.x
 RAM 8 GB minimum, 16 GB (or more) recommended
24 GB (or more) recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an interplay environment
 Other  See the Feature Performance page for more info
 OS Mac OS Compatibility Grid
 Compatibility See more information on all system requirements and compatibility
 Supported formats See all supported media formats


What’s included:

  • downloadable software
  • 1-year of upgrades and updates
  • 1-year of Avid Standard Support

Media Composer FAQ

Is Media Composer now only available as a subscription?

Not at all. Many of our customers prefer the flexibility of a subscription, as it provides the lowest cost of entry to the industry-standard video editing toolset—especially for professional independent editors and moviemakers. In fact, you can now get Media Composer starting at only $20/month. Subscriptions also make it easier for facilities and media organizations to add extra editors as needed for a project, without having to purchase a full software seat. That said, we will still offer new Media Composer perpetual licenses (now known as Media. Composer | Legacy Perpetual) through 2018. This gives you more choice—get access to the latest Media Composer or Media Composer | Ultimate toolset as needed on a low-cost monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year basis. Or purchase a perpetual license and own the software outright.

See the Media Composer License Comparison Guide for more information about the latest Media Composer licensing.

My facility has a lot of freelance editors coming and going. What’s my best option for adding Media Composer?

Avid offers Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate monthly, annual, 2-year, and 3- year subscriptions, as well as Media Composer | Ultimate floating license offerings, making it easy for you to scale your workgroup as needed—even at a moment’s notice. With subscriptions, you can add additional Media Composer seats on a month-to-month basis when production demands extra editors, and scale them back between jobs. With floating licensing, you can quickly and easily distribute licenses across your facility—on demand— from a single, centralized server, making deployment quick and easy. And because Media Composer | Ultimate editors can collaborate both locally and remotely, you can extend your production beyond the walls of your facility.

I rely on being able to edit in real time, but high-res media files are huge.

Thanks to the Avid DNxHR codec, Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate can handle real-time 2K, Ultra HD, and 4K editing, with support for resolutions up to 8K. You can get multiple streams of playback when using lower bitrate DNxHR compression levels, depending on your system configuration. To use higher bitrate DNxHR compression levels, you will need a high-performance workstation and high-speed connectivity to your storage system. Media Composer also plays several formats natively, included ProRes and XAVC media. For optimized performance with other formats, you can convert/transcode your original camera source material to DNxHR in the background while editing.

There are so many different 2K and 4K formats, and I need flexibility.

Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate support a variety of high-res formats, including 2K DCI, UltraHD-1 (or UHD-1), and 4K DCI, and it supports a wide range of frame rates, including 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, and 60.

Transcoding media and rendering effects take a long time and I can’t afford the extended wait time that 2K/4K will bring.

Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate offer background transcoding and rendering, enabling you to continue working without the wait. This is especially valuable since 4K media can take 4x longer to process than HD media. Your exact transcoding and rendering times will vary, depending on your computer, storage bandwidth, the specific codec, the frame size, and the frame rate.

I work with high-res and HD media—will I need to choose between DNxHR and DNxHD, and what about ProRes, XAVC, and other formats?

You can use all supported codecs together—simultaneously—in Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate. DNxHR is completely backwards compatible with DNxHD. And because Media Composer can also decode Apple ProRes, Canon XF-AVC, Panasonic AVC-I, Sony XAVC, RED, and many other formats, you can mix DNxHR, DNxHD, and a wide range of other media types in the same timeline.

Avid seems to have done away with providing upgrades for Media Composer—how do I get all of the new features going forward?

If you subscribe to Media Composer or Media Composer | Ultimate, you have access to all new software releases as they become available throughout your subscription. If you own a Media Composer perpetual license (now known as a Media Composer | Legacy Perpetual license) and have an active Media Composer 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan (formerly known as an Annual Upgrade and Support Plan) you also have access to all new software releases as they become available—be sure to renew your plan annually to continue receiving the latest updates.

How often will Avid release new updates for Media Composer?

The great thing about no longer having to tie features to a major software release is that we now have the flexibility to release new tools, features, functionality, and fixes as soon as we develop and test them. That’s why we’ve been releasing—and will continue to deliver—a steady stream of updates throughout the year. You must have an active Media Composer or Media Composer | Ultimate subscription or 1-Year Software Updates + Support Plan to receive these updates in your Avid Account.

Can I still get Media Composer through my favorite reseller?

Yes, you can purchase Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate subscriptions, Media Composer | Legacy Perpetual licenses, and floating licenses from your local reseller as before. However, monthly subscriptions are only available through the online Avid Store.

With a subscription, can I use Media Composer on more than one computer if I’m at work and then want to take a project home on my laptop?

No. Whether you have a monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year subscription, your Media Composer or Media Composer | Ultimate license can only be used on a single computer.

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