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Avid Media Composer

Media Composer is the most proven video editing software in the industry, trusted by professional editors in every segment of movie making, television, broadcast, and streaming media. Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res and HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and powerful media management, eliminating time-consuming tasks so you can focus on telling a great story. And now the choice is yours—edit on premises, or remotely through the cloud—access through a low-cost subscription, on-demand via floating license, or own it outright—making Media Composer the most versatile and accessible tool for professional creative editorial.

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What's New in Media Composer

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Edit 4K and other high-res media natively

With native support for 2K, 4K, Ultra HD, and higher resolution media, you can acquire, manage, edit, and deliver content with speed and ease. Plus, you can view 2K/4K media in its native resolution on a client monitor—in real time—using your choice of third-party Open I/O-compatible hardware.


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Work with Avid Resolution Independence

Take on any job—in any media resolution—without limits. With Avid Resolution Independence, you can work with practically any media in every resolution—SD, HD, 4K, and beyond—using your existing infrastructure.


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Get greater beauty without the bandwidth

With Avid DNxHR, you can work with a wider range of resolutions to fit your task at hand—from lightweight proxies that are a fraction of the raw file sizes for high-performance editorial (making remote collaboration easier), to even more mastering resolutions, including 2K and 4K for delivery.


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Use the tools the pros use

Professional editors in film and television have long turned to Media Composer to help them expertly manage mountains of media, simplify workflows, and accelerate the editorial process to tell the best story possible. And now the software is an easy fit for any budget, with a range of low-cost options to add the media industry standard to your workflow. Choose a monthly or annual subscription, buy and own the software outright, or deploy flexibly across your facility with floating licensing. The choice is yours.

Editing

Powerful performance and speed

Fast gets even faster with native 64-bit operation, so even with the most complex sequences, things will still feel snappy. Experience the fastest and easiest editorial workflows in the industry, with smooth playback, fast rendering performance, and responsive handling with large bins. Plus, because you can render effects and transcode in the background, you can keep working without the wait.

Open to anything

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. Work with high-res, HD, and SD file-based media, tape, and film. Capture and monitor with your choice of powerful and reliable Avid or third-party interfaces. Accelerate editing with Artist Series control surfaces. Integrate into any professional production pipeline. And collaborate seamlessly with Pro Tools editors.

Experience the “waitless” workflow

Instantly access and edit file-based media—including ARRI ALEXA MXF, RED (EPIC, SCARLET-X, and ONE), AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formats—without transcoding or copying files. Preview footage without the wait. And as new cameras and formats emerge, manufacturers can create and release their own AMA plug-ins independently from a software release.

Work with any media

File-based media, 2K/4K/5K footage, analog and digital tape, stereoscopic 3D material, film—bring it on. Media Composer offers ACE-certified editing tools and a wide range of features, workflows, and options that enable you to work with everything, from old-school media to the latest camera technologies.

Experience cutting-edge storytelling

It doesn’t matter how you learned to edit—Media Composer goes where others leave off, enabling you to work the way you want. Trim and manipulate on the fly using the Smart Tool, or perform ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering. And edit high-res and HD material in real time—in mastering picture quality—using Avid DNxHR and DNxHD.

Edit 3D

Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D footage, with a full set of features and workflows. Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. Mix and match 2D and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track. Plus, work with full frame and frame-compatible sources, dedicated 3D editing tools, video effects, and more.

Workflow

Accelerate performance with Avid hardware

For the fastest capture/edit/monitor/output workflows, pair Media Composer with a Media Composer | Nitris DX or Media Composer | Mojo DX video interface and experience hardware-accelerated power that’s second to none. You can even customize Nitris DX with up to two Avid DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips to fully support stereoscopic 3D and HD RGB 4:4:4 workflows.

Work with the hardware you have

Media Composer is fully open thanks to Avid Open I/O, so you can work with your choice of powerful and reliable Avid audio and video interfaces or third-party video I/O cards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU. Manufacturers can simply create plug-ins using Avid Open I/O to have their hardware work with Media Composer, meaning you’ll have even more choices to come.

Get stock footage and more in the Avid Marketplace

Conveniently browse for stock footage, plug-ins, hardware, and more, right from within Media Composer—no shoes, shirt, or pants required. Search for, preview, and purchase stock footage from T3 Media 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

Share media, projects, and bins—locally and across the world—to complete projects on time and on budget. With Avid ISIS, you and your team can access the same assets and capture media to the same volume simultaneously, without copying. Collaborate across mixed editing platforms, including Final Cut Pro, through native support for ProRes encoding (Mac only) and decoding. Share audio mixes with Pro Tools editors—and vice-versa—using AAF. And extend real-time production everywhere with Media Composer | Cloud.

Gain peace of mind with reliable media management

Whether you work alone or as part of a team, you won’t have to worry about losing your assets. Media Composer provides you with 20+ years of industry-proven media management innovation, which keeps track of all your 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.