Media Composer | First

Create with powerful free video editing software

Media Composer

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Media Composer | Ultimate

Integrate workflows and collaborate as a team

Media Composer | Enterprise

Customize the interface for any production role

Media Composer is always getting better with new features and improvements. And with your active plan, you get them as soon as we release them.

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The latest release introduces a preview of new AI-powered tools, PhraseFind AI and ScriptSync AI. These extremely popular timesaving features are now even better, leveraging robust and powerful AI technology that does not require Internet connectivity and keeps your data secure.

Media Composer 2023.8 also adds several improvements to the editing experience including a new workspace option that shortens the ramp-up time for editors transitioning from older versions of Media Composer, audio punch-in support via 3rd party USB devices, and more. 
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Plus, with the new Panel SDK, Media Composer is now more open than ever to 3rd party integration via a set of APIs. Customers and technology partners can use the Panel SDK to enable tighter workflows with direct access to third-party applications and services, enabling greater workflow speed and efficiency.
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If you're a student or educator, you can now get Media Composer for FREE through the new Media Composer for Students program—get the details here >

Media Composer is also now available in a new team plan, making it easy to manage, deploy, and add multiple licenses as needed.


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From first cut to final finishing, get the tools every video editor needs to create compelling stories faster.

Work with any type of media and never lose sight of your content

Work with any type of media

Import and edit footage from any camera, no matter the format, codec, or resolution. From HD and UHD, to HDR, 8K, and beyond, experience smooth, frame-accurate playback—even when mixing different types of video, audio, images, and frame rates.

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High-res, high efficiency

With the new Avid Media Engine, you can work with high-res, HDR, and proxy media more easily. Avid DNxHR and OpenEXR support eliminate bottlenecks, so you can work with a massive amount of media and quickly relink proxies to the original files with ease.

Track media with confidence

Media Composer keeps track of all projects, source material, rendered files, metadata, and other media, so you’ll never lose sight of your assets. Your project media will always be linked—even as projects move and evolve over the years.

Organize and find files fast

With new bin containers and mapping, you can organize and group content any way you want. Preview PhraseFind AI and ScriptSync AI, the new and improved AI-powered versions of these extremely popular timesaving features that help you find footage in seconds, searching for clips and takes based on the dialog they contain.  

Create compelling stories at the speed of your imagination

Edit with Oscar- and Emmy-winning tools

The majority of all films and TV shows are edited on Media Composer. That’s because it makes the creative process fast, easy, and gratifying. From fluid timeline editing, to the precision toolset, you can navigate and cut sequences more intuitively and tell better stories.

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Boost your creative flow

Work the way you want to work, with a modern interface that makes editing easier and more fluid. Task-oriented workspaces—Edit, Color, Audio, and Effects—provide just the tools you need. You can even resize, rearrange, and hide panels.

Accelerate multicam editing

Show every angle of your story with ease with the Emmy Award-winning multicamera editing toolset. Sync up to 64 different angles automatically—even with different formats and frames—so you can immediately edit and align shots as needed.

Design stunning visuals

Add dramatic flair to your stories with built-in VFX, filters, and titles. Take your creative vision further with more video plugins and advanced tools to create composites, motion effects, transitions, graphics, and animation.

Make projects look and sound better with advanced tools

Finish in the box—or out

Whether you do all color correction, grading, and audio mixing in Media Composer, or roundtrip out to other applications, you can be confident that your work will accurately hit every delivery specification.

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Total color precision

Media Composer future-proofs your content with its 32-bit floating point color pipeline and ACES color support, ensuring consistent color accuracy from end to end. The Symphony Option offers advanced color grading tools and IMF packaging, so you can easily deliver to Netflix and other OTT specifications with confidence.

Produce dramatic HDR imagery

Tell stories that showcase true-to-life image quality with effortless HDR workflows. Import, edit, color grade, and deliver incredibly realistic imagery with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights.

Create studio-quality soundtracks

Make your story sound as good as it looks with a suite of audio tools and plugins. Create up to 99 tracks of dialogue, music, and sound effects in 7.1 surround. Or export all tracks and effects to Pro Tools for audio post—without having to transcode sequences first.

Do more, stress less


The next-generation Avid Media Engine gives you more power and speed, so you can stay focused on what matters most—your story.

The next-generation Avid Media Engine gives you more power and speed, so you can stay focused on what matters most—your story.

From intelligent media handling, to automated tasks, Media Composer takes the work out of your workflow.

Go big—up to 8K and beyond

Experience smooth, reliable editing and playback performance, no matter how large your source files are. Work with all the beautiful, high-resolution image detail of the original media for better editing precision, without your workflow coming to a standstill.

Optimized for the best HDR experience

From capture to edit, finishing to output, Media Composer provides the high-efficiency media handling, ACES color space, and 32-bit floating color pipeline you need to deliver HDR content predictably, with pristine accuracy.

Edit at the speed of your imagination

With the live timeline and unlimited playback streams, you can make changes to sequences during playback on the fly. Plus, with native support for tons of formats, including OP1a, you can start editing immediately—without the transcode wait.

Save time with automation

Media Composer automates time-consuming tasks in the background. Instead of waiting hours for transcoding, rendering, consolidating, and relinking media, you can just keep working. Plus, it offers automated bin saving, audio mixes, audio/video sync, and more.



Experience the collaborative, efficient workflows top video professionals rely on.

Experience the collaborative, efficient workflows top video professionals rely on.

Share projects, edit remotely, and have more control over your production. The flexibility you need to accelerate and manage your workflow starts here. Plus, manage multiple licenses and users easily with Media Composer for teams

Share projects, bins, and media

Add Avid NEXIS shared storage to your workflow and multiple video editors and assistants can work on the same projects at once. No more accidentally overwriting work or needing to duplicate and micromanage media.

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Enable remote collaboration

Extend production beyond the walls of your facility. Review content remotely with "over-the-shoulder" workflows. Enable editors, assistants, showrunners, and producers to connect and collaborate from anywhere with Avid NEXIS | EDGE. Or deploy a full virtual production suite in the cloud with Edit On Demand.

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Maintain quality from end to end

As projects move from offline to online—and from in-house to external teams and back again—the standardized ACES color space ensures that all high-res and HDR projects will maintain full image quality and color accuracy from end to end, across all color and VFX work.

Media Composer offers ACES color standardization to finish and deliver quality video content

Virtualize post production

Gain efficiency and reduce costs by virtualizing your post-production environment with Media Composer | Cloud VM, extending video editing with virtual machine technology for on-premises or remote network access to projects and media. Cloud VM provides the full Media Composer video editing experience to multiple clients from a single on-premises shared storage system and/or a centralized server.

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Keep production moving

With the Distributed Processing option, included with Media Composer | Enterprise, you can offload time-consuming rendering, transcoding, and exporting tasks to unused or idle networked computers, freeing up Media Composer workstations, and taking wasteful downtime out of the process.

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Customize the interface for any role

Media Composer is the only video editing solution that lets you tailor the interface for any role in your organization—from video editors, to assistants, loggers, or journalists. Provide only the tools needed to do the job, enabling better focus and faster completion.

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Secure your production

Media Composer is the only video editing software that enables you to limit user access to workspaces and tools and restrict content export, so you can safeguard your media and mitigate costly mistakes and leaks.

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Bridge workflows between teams

For editors working in news, sports, and studio production environments, Media Composer integrates with MediaCentral, enabling teams to connect and access content locally and remotely across the entire platform ecosystem.

Accelerate your edit

Boost your Media Composer capabilities with advanced tools for color and news workflows.

Add super-powers to Media Composer with advanced tools for color and news workflows.

Gain advanced capabilities and save hours of time with these Media Composer options (included with Media Composer | Ultimate).

Find the right clips fast

With PhraseFind AI, you can quickly find clips in a project that contain specific dialogue. Simply type keywords to locate all clips that contain the speech in multiple languages—ideal for unscripted shows.

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Sync takes to a script in seconds

Compare performances and find the best takes fast. ScriptSync AI automatically syncs clips to their associated script lines, so you can quickly find takes by scene, script page, or dialogue.

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Color and master faster

With Symphony, you can stylize shots and correct color with ultra-precision, then deliver content easily with IMF packaging. Plus, universal mastering makes it easy to take your offline online.

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Turn around breaking news quickly

Get the speed you need to stay ahead of the story. With NewsCutter, you can integrate directly with MediaCentral, iNEWS, and ENPS, and take it to air faster.

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Remote collaboration made easy

Enable editors to work from anywhere without changing their workflow and extend collaboration to assistants, showrunners, producers, and other creative contributors. Plus, it's included with Media Composer | Enterprise at no additional charge!

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Access your edit suite anywhere

Expand your production team and ramp up new projects at a moment’s notice with a fully provisioned virtual editing suite in the cloud—complete with cloud-optimized Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage.

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Connect. Collaborate. Get Discovered.

Join a vibrant creative community of other video and audio creators. Expand your opportunities, promote your work, and find new talent—all in one free app.

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Media Composer has an option for everyone, from students to high-level post-production teams and broadcasters. 

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Media Composer | First

Create with powerful free video editing software

Media Composer

Get the standard for independent video editors

Media Composer | Ultimate

Integrate workflows and collaborate as a team

Media Composer | Enterprise

Customize the interface for any production role

Students and teachers

If your school is registered for the Media Composer for Students program, you can get Media Composer for free. Learn more. Or get special pricing —an 80% discount— on Media Composer | Ultimate, starting at $9.99/mo USD, with verified academic eligibility.

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Enterprise and institutions

Get Media Composer for teams or find more licensing options.

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