What is 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.
|What's new in Media Composer|
|Edit 4K media natively
Acquire, manage, edit, and deliver high-res content with ease.
Work in any resolution
With Avid Resolution Independence, you can edit without limits.
Gain flexibility with DNxHR
Get even greater beauty without the high-res bandwidth.
Gain more creativity time
Deliver on time and on budget with accelerated high-res workflows and automated media management.
Eliminate the wait
Render effects and transcode media in the background.
|Edit 4K and other high-res media natively
Satisfy your audience’s insatiable appetite for higher quality, more inspiring content—delivered when they want, where they want, and on any device they want. 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 Avid Artist | DNxIO or your choice of third-party Open I/O-compatible hardware.
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. Plus, Custom Raster Support lets you work with any raster, from 8K to special rasters you can define.
Get greater beauty without the bandwidth
When we introduced Avid DNxHD, we gave you “beauty without the bandwidth,” enabling you to work with and master HD media easily, without blowing your storage budget. And now we’re expanding these same benefits to high-res. 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. Plus, it’s completely backwards compatible with DNxHD, as it’s built on the same extensible, standards-based media codec.
Use the tools the pros use starting at just $49.99/month
When reputations are on the line, 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.
Play back high-res camera media natively
Gain the flexibility to mix and match Avid DNxHR, Apple ProRes, Canon XF-AVC, Panasonic AVC-I, and Sony XAVC-I high-res media in the timeline and edit footage natively, with smooth real-time playback.
Deliver more detailed action
Media Composer now supports higher frame rates, including 48p and 60p with HD, 2K, 4K, and Ultra HD media, enabling you to preserve more image information and natural motion with stunning clarity—even in the most chaotic action scenes. Plus, you’ll enjoy more flexibility when creating motion effects.
Produce more vivid, truer imagery
Get access to the full range of new color standards that high-res projects demand, enabling you to deliver content with the richest, most realistic color detail for the medium at hand. With Media Composer, you can now work in BT.2020 (for Ultra HD broadcast) and DCI-P3 (for 2K and 4K Digital Cinema projectors), in addition to Rec. 709 (for HDTV broadcast). Once installed, LUTs (Look Up Tables) can be made universally available across all projects, or privately available to a current project, and can then be applied as clip- and track-based effects.
Eliminate the wait with background rendering and transcoding
Gain more time to focus on your story instead of waiting for effects to render and transcodes to complete. With these tasks handled completely in the background, you can greatly speed up the editorial process—especially when working with 4K media, which can take around 4x longer to render than 1080p HD media.
Overcome today’s (and tomorrow’s) technology challenges
Gain the commanding edge and stay at the forefront of the media industry with a steady stream of new updates and features that enable you to work with the latest media formats and technologies. Media Composer already supports the industry’s most extensive range of file-based media, codecs, and third-party products, plus real-time remote collaboration. And with new Avid Resolution Independence and accelerated high-res and HD workflows, it's the only tool that advances your editorial integrity and versatility—now and in the future.
|Edit high-res, HD, SD, 3D, and other file-based media—as well as tape and film—with proven speed and ease.
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.
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.
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 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 (see the Smart Tool in action), or perform ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering (see Mix and Match in action). And edit high-res and HD material in real time—in mastering picture quality—using Avid DNxHR and DNxHD.
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 plug-ins independently from a software release.
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.
|Gain the competitive edge you need to take on more projects, create better stories, and turn around jobs faster.
Accelerate performance with Avid hardware
For the fastest capture/edit/monitor/output workflows, pair Media Composer with an Artist | DNxIO video interface and experience hardware-accelerated power and Avid-exclusive features that are second to none. Artist | DNxIO provides a wide range of analog and digital I/O and accelerates SD, HD, Ultra HD, and 4K workflows with onboard hardware processing and acceleration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Everything you need|
|Get the look, sound, and quality you want using a host of built-in effects, audio, and color tools, plus a variety of options.
Design and dazzle with visual effects
Give your projects that professional polish. Create eye-catching 2D and 3D composites, titles, animation, and effects with Boris Continuum Complete Lite (included with Media Composer subscriptions and the Media Composer | Symphony Option). Add visual drama and depth with the built-in 2D and 3D effects, title tools, transitions, keying, and motion effects. Track and stabilize motion. And expand your visual palette with our third-party partners' effects, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer through the Avid Marketplace.
Color correct and grade with precision
Save time and maintain the highest quality production with the fully integrated 10-bit color correction toolset. Quickly and accurately match colors from shot to shot using NaturalMatch. Gain better color precision with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing. Get fine control over shots with animatable color correction. Speed up your color work with Artist Color (watch the video ). And if you need advanced and secondary color tools—plus mastering tools and Boris Continuum Complete Lite—add the the Media Composer | Symphony Option.
Create studio-quality soundtracks
Make your projects sound as good as they look using the built-in audio recording, editing, and mixing tools (watch the video ). Record and monitor voiceovers, overdubs, and more using select Avid audio interfaces. Edit and mix in up to 7.1 surround sound (watch the video). Polish sounds with the included AAX effects—the same plug-ins that come with Pro Tools. And expand your sound with the industry’s best compressors, reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from the Avid Marketplace.
Design and deliver
With Sorenson Squeeze Lite included in Media Composer subscriptions (or get the full Sorenson Squeeze in the Media Composer | Production Pack), you can optimize media for the highest-quality playback—online or on disc. Prepare and optimize content in a variety of formats (including HD, DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Flash, and 3GPP).
Say goodbye to tape with AS-02/AS-11 file-based output
With support for AS-02/AS-11 MXF formats, you can manage multiple versions of the same sequence easily, as the AS-02/AS-11 packs everything into a single bundle without duplicating assets, saving storage space. Seamlessly move content between Avid and other systems that support the formats. Use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your versioning/archive workflow. And because the formats are open industry standards, you’ll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.
|Complete customer care|
|Media Composer is easy to learn and use, but help is always available whenever, wherever, and however you need it.
Get started fast
To help you get up and running quickly, we offer a collection of video tutorials for new editors and FCP editors, workflow guides, webinars, and more on our website. Get additional info and advice through our Customer Care How To Video Series for Media Composer. Find answers and troubleshooting help in the Knowledge Base. Or advance your career with Avid Training, which offers a variety of courses taught by certified experts.
Support and upgrades included
All Media Composer subscriptions and perpetual license purchases include Avid Standard Support, providing you with world-class industry expertise and help (by phone or online) when you need it, plus software updates and upgrades as soon as they're available. Learn more about the support plans that are included and available.
Join the community for support and more
Need advice or answers from your peers and experts? Join the Avid community, made up of hundreds of professional editors and Avid representatives around the world. Search for answers, ask questions, or help others in our forums. Get some great tips and tutorials from other users in the community. And get informed and inspired by other Media Composer users in our Avid Blogs.