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Manufacturer: Avid
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Quick Overview

Media Composer is proven and trusted by professional editors in every segment of film, television, and broadcast. Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res-to-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 yoursedit on premises, remotely through the cloud, on demand, through a low-cost subscription, or purchase a license outrightmaking Media Composer the most versatile and accessible tool for professional creative editorial.



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The choice is yours
Media Composer now gives you more choices in how you acquire and use the software. Edit on premises or remotely through the cloud. Work on a Mac or PC. Access the software through a monthly or annual subscription or on demand with a floating license. Or own the software outright forever with a perpetual license. In addition, you can configure it your way with the options you need to get the job done, from real-time remote collaboration through Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere), to advanced color correction and mastering tools, iNEWS and ENPS integration, and software for creating effects, titles, and more. Its the only professional editing solution thats available everywhere you need it, the way you want it.

Get easy access to the industrys most trusted tools
Significantly lower your cost of entry and get support every step of the way by accessing the latest Media Composer | Software and Media Composer | Symphony Option on a recurring monthly or annual (most cost-effective) basis. Or buy and own Media Composer outright (perpetual license) and get one year of standard Avid Support and software upgrades, with additional upgrades available thereafter by renewing your support plan anually.


  • Get access to new software features, enhancements, improvements, and fixes as soon as theyre availablewithout incurring any additional costs
  • Add additional Media Composer clients as needed on a low-cost month-to-month basisespecially helpful when a production demands extra editors at a moments notice
  • Expand and enhance your Media Composer editing capabilities by purchasing the Production Pack, which includes Avid FX, Sorenson Squeeze,
  • NewBlue Titler Pro 2, and iZotope Insight to expand and enhance your Media Composer editing capabilities

Deploy licenses on demand
For large-scale media enterprise, post-production houses, and educational institutions, Media Composer now offers floating licensing, enabling you to purchase a pack' of shared licenses to deploy across your entire facility using a single system ID. This enables multiple editors to use Media Composer on any number of workstations when licenses are available (not actively in use).


  • Maximize your investment, as licenses are only consumed when in use and returned to the server when not, enabling additional editors to connect when licenses become available
  • Offer the ability to check out' licenses on a laptopideal for projects that need to be completed on the road or at home for an extended period of time
  • Save countless hours of activation, installation, and upgrade time using Avid's floating license server software and your existing hardware to establish a single centralized licensing serverjust activate a pack of licenses, tell Media Composer the server address, and the system will automatically request licenses from the server on the internal network
  • Save money and gain more operational flexibility over purchasing individual seats of Media Composer that often go unused when the designated editor or student isnt working
  • Gain peace of mind, as all licenses are relinquished to the server when Media Composer closes or times out (if checked out past the expiration date), protecting you from theft

Stay up to date with the new application manager
Media Composer comes with a new application manager that keeps you up to date with your software. See what Avid software, AMA plug-ins, and related third-party applications you have installed on your system. Get notified when new updates, upgrades, and renewals are available. Activate and download new software, updates, and upgrades from the interface. And if youre interested in a new product or upgrade, you can even see if a software trial is available to try it out first. It will even alert you about special offers, upcoming webinars, and events.

Accelerate your high-res workflow
More content today is shot with high-res cameras, but the majority of programming is still HD. With the new FrameFlex tools, you can immediately start working in HD directly from high-res sources and maintain full creative control of the image reframing and keyframing, from beginning to end. In addition, 1D/3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) and Color Decision Lists (CDLs) make it easy to perform real-time RAW and LogC to Rec. 709 color space conversions.

Automate your media management
Gain more time for creativity with new features that accelerate and simplify file-based workflows. With Dynamic Media Folders, noncreative media tasks such as transcoding, copying, and consolidating can be automated in the background, without disrupting your editorial flow. Plus, youll get peace of mind as Media Composer now fully manages AMA-linked media as reliably as it does with native Avid media.

Edit and collaborate remotely in real-time
Edit, share, tag, track, and sync media and projects with everyone on your editing teamno matter where you are in the world. Media Composer enables you to connect to Interplay | Production systems through Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere), making remote cloud-based collaboration easy and cost-effective. Whats more, you can edit just as efficiently as you would if you were all at the home facility, using the same tools and workflows you know and trust.

Gain total audio control
Forget wasting time mixing down audio levels by trial and error. With the new Master Audio Fader, you can insert RTAS plug-ins to tweak tones and optimize the overall program loudness, making broadcast regulation adherence quick and easy. You can also now make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timelineindependently of any track-based automationwith the Clip Gain control.

Streamline the video workflow with Pro Tools users
Video Satellite is now included with Media Composer, enabling audio editors and mixers to play Avid HD and SD video sequences directly in sync with their Pro Tools session, while maintaining full system power. In addition, Pro Tools | Software now includes the Avid Video Engine, enabling Pro Tools sound editors and mixers to play HD video of the latest Media Composer cuts directly in the Pro Tools timeline.

Expand your creativity with options
Edit with the exact tools you need by simply adding options for the workflows you want. Add advanced and secondary color correction tools, mastering tools, and the Boris Continuum Complete Lite effects pack with the Media Composer | Symphony Option for online editing. Integrate Media Composer into iNEWS and ENPS workflows with the Media Composer | NewsCutter Option for news editing. And capture, monitor, and output video with a hardware-accelerated Media Composer | Nitris DX or Media Composer | Mojo DX video I/O interface.

And more

  • Create cut lists and EDLs from within Media Composer
  • Do multicam editing in stereoscopic 3D
  • Get 9-way real-time multicam support for Long GOP (XDCAM) media
  • Select multiple clips in the timeline without the filler
  • Edit without interruption with new audio waveform caching
  • View location sound metadata from Broadcast Wave files with support for iXML
  • Deliver finished sequences to a standardized AS-11 (AMWA) MXF OP1a file
  • Work with Alpha channel media using the new AMA QuickTime with Alpha plug-in
  • Edit easier with new AMA enhancements (see how):
  • Find what you need faster with the new AMA navigation window
  • Consolidate or transcode only AMA clips in your sequence
  • Relink to specified video and audio tracks in your timeline
  • Speed through tasks with drag-and-drop support


With Media Composer, you can edit file-based media, stereoscopic 3D material, tape, and film faster and easier than anything else available.

Full 64-bit power
Fast gets even faster with native 64-bit operation, so even when you layer together the most complex effects, things will still feel snappy. Experience smoother playback, faster rendering performance, and better handling with large binsand say goodbye to the old memory limitations of 32-bit operating systems.

Open to anything
You never know what kinds of media, projects, and people will arrive at your desk or doorstep. Thats why Media Composer offers open workflows, so you can take on whatever challenge awaits. Work with high-res sources, 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
With AMA (Avid Media Access), you can instantly access and edit file-based mediaincluding ARRI ALEXA MXF, RED (EPIC, SCARLET-X, and ONE), AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formatswithout transcoding or copying files (watch the video ). 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, filmbring 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. Plus, you can work in HD from a high-res source without having to transcode or resize files.

Experience cutting-edge storytelling
It doesnt matter how you learned to editMedia 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 HD material in real-timein mastering picture qualityusing Avid DNxHD or DNxHD 444.

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.


With fully collaborative workflows, accelerated editing options, and industry-proven reliability, you can exceed expectations under the tightest deadlines.

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 thats 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 youll 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 Composerno 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. Youll even find training material and other media thatll help perfect your skills.

Collaborate with everyone, everywhere
Share media, projects, and binslocally and across the worldto 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 AMA, which supports ProRes encoding (Mac only) and decoding. Share audio mixes with Pro Tools editorsand vice-versausing AAF. And extend real-time production everywhere with Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere).

Gain peace of mind with reliable media management
Whether you work alone or as part of a team, you wont 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 dont have to. Not only that, you can automate media tasks in the background and track your assets the way you want.


Get the look, sound, and quality you want using a host of built-in effects, audio, and color tools, plus the Media Composer | Symphony Option, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, and moreincluded with all Media Composer | Software subscriptions

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.

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 20 included AIR effectsthe same plug-ins that come with Pro Tools. And expand your sound with the industrys best compressors, reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from 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 toolsplus mastering tools and Boris Continuum Complete Liteadd the the Media Composer | Symphony Option.

Design and deliver
With Sorenson Squeeze Lite included, you can optimize media for the highest-quality playbackonline 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 through AMA, 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, youll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.


Media Composer is easy to learn and use, but help is always available when you need it, from video tutorials, user-driven forums, and the Knowledge Base, to standard Avid support (always included) and Elite support plans.

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. Or advance your career with Avid Training, which offers a variety of courses taught by certified experts.

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 check out what other Media Composer users are doing or thinking about in Avid Blogs.

Were here to help
If you need personal assistance, help is just a click or phone call away. We offer a variety of support options, including standard Avid Support, which is included with all Media Composer subscriptions and purchases, plus Avid Per Incident Support, and Avid Elite Support plans.


Media Composer | Symphony Option
Correct color and master faster by adding advanced and secondary color correction tools, plus mastering tools, to your editing workflow with this option for Media Composer | Software. What's more, it comes with Boris Continuum Complete Lite, enabling you to create stunning 2D and 3D graphics and effects to get the look you want.

Media Composer | NewsCutter Option
Integrate Media Composer directly with iNEWS and/or ENPS systems to streamline your news editing to on-air workflow with this option for Media Composer | Software. This option adds the functionality of the NRCS Tool found in NewsCutter, which is now discontinued, though many of its features and settings are now a part of Media Composer.


Whether you want to capture, monitor, and output video; record voiceovers, overdubs, or other audio; or speed up your editing with hands-on precision, you have a wide range of powerful and reliable Avid and third-party hardware to fit your needs and budgetfor Mac and PC.

Video I/O and monitoring options
Capture, monitor, and accelerate your editing workflow with these Avid video interfaces. (Please note that older Avid video hardware is no longer compatible with the latest Avid editing software.)

Media Composer | Nitris DX
High-performance, dual link, customizable analog/digital I/O and monitoring

Media Composer | Mojo DX
High-performance digital I/O and monitoring

Third-party options
Want to use your current card with our software? With Avid Open I/O, third-party manufacturers can now bring Avid video editing compatibility to their hardware I/O cards and devices.

View Certified Hardware and FAQ:

Control surface options
Using Artist Series control surfaces, you can take hands-on control of Avid audio and video software, as well as other video and audio apps. Combine the controllers together to form a seamless, slim-line surface for your workflow needs.

Artist Control
Accelerate audio/video editing and mixing with a 4-fader touchscreen control surface.

Artist Mix
Accelerate audio mixing in audio/ video software with an 8-fader control surface.

Artist Color
Accelerate color grading with a professional-grade, compact control surface.

Artist Transport
Edit and navigate audio and video projects fast, with a one-handed control surface.

Audio I/O options
Record voiceovers, overdubs, and other audioin pristine audio clarityusing these Avid audio interfacesPro Tools software not required.

Get high-quality recording and performance with a portable 4x4 interface and software.

Mbox Pro
Get high resolution, performance, industry-standard software, and an 8x8 interface.

Included Items

*There are different items included depending on which version is purchased.

Media Composer (monthly/annual subscription)

  • Media ComposerEdit SD, HD, and stereoscopic 3D material
  • Media Composer | Symphony OptionAdd advanced color, effects, and mastering tools
  • Boris Continuum Complete LiteCreate 2D and 3D graphics, effects, and more
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v2Create 2D and 3D video titles
  • Sorenson Squeeze LiteOptimize and deliver content
  • EDL ManagerExport timecode metadata
  • FilmScribeExport film metadata
  • iZotope Insight 30-day trialView and troubleshoot audio mixes
  • Standard Avid Support (includes software updates/upgrades)

Media Composer (perpetual license)

  • Media ComposerEdit SD, HD, and stereoscopic 3D material
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v1Create 2D and 3D video titles
  • EDL ManagerExport timecode metadata
  • FilmScribeExport film metadata
  • iZotope Insight 30-day trialView and troubleshoot audio mixes
  • One year of standard Avid Support (includes complimentary software updates/upgrades; renewable annually)

Production Pack

  • iZotope InsightView and troubleshoot audio mixes
  • NewBlue Titler Pro v2Create 2D and 3D titles
  • Sorenson SqueezeOptimize and deliver content

Media Composer | Nitris DX

  • Nitris DX*High-performance analog and digital I/O video interface
  • One or two (optional) DNxHD and/or AVC-Intra chips (two chips maximum)
  • PCIe Host Interface BoardConnects Nitris DX to your computer
  • One year of Avid support

Media Composer | Mojo DX

  • Mojo DXHigh-performance digital I/O video interface
  • PCIe Host Interface BoardConnects Mojo DX to your computer (for laptop connection, an optional PCIe laptop adapter is required)
  • One year of Avid support
  • DX Thunderbolt Adapter (optional)Connect Mojo DX to Avid-qualified Thunderbolt-equipped computers


For optimal performance and reliability, be sure that your computer or laptop meets the following minimum system requirements for the latest version of Media Composer.

Important: Avid dedicates a significant amount of engineering resources and time to test and qualify specific platform configurations. Our Customer Success and Engineering teams are equipped with these systems in our development and support labs. For an optimal experience with Media Composer, we strongly recommend choosing an Avid-qualified system. We cannot guarantee performance, compatibility, or the resolution of issues with other systems.


  • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer -
  • OS:Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory:
    • 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
    • 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere)1, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
    • 16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro family2 (Q600 or higher recommended), Intel HD4000
  • Internal hard drive: Minimum 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive, 128 GB SSD

Mac OS X

  • Computer: Avid-qualified Mac-based computer -
  • OS: Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory:
    • 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
    • 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere)1, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
    • 16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
  • Graphics card:NVIDIA GeForce family2 (recommended), Intel HD4000 or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple) )
  • Internal hard drive: Minimum 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive, 128 GB SSD

Additional compatibility information

  • QuickTime: Avid has tested and qualified Apple QuickTime X for Mac users and QuickTime 7.6.9 for Windows users
  • Windows Media Player: Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 is required to export certain formats and to work with VC-1 material
  1. Media Composer | Cloud is not supported on systems using background transcode or Dynamic Media Folders. Avid recommends 12+ Gb of RAM for Media Composer | Cloud workflows involving HD long GOP media, such as AVCHD, MPEG-2, and XDCAM. For more information, please consult the Media Composer | Cloud product page
  2. NVIDIA cards are recommended; full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory. For information regarding the graphics card supported with your specific configuration, please refer to the Avid-qualified Windows-based computer list or Avid-qualified Mac-based computer list.


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