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:
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.
Enhance your imagery
Get support for higher frame rates and the full range of new colour standards.
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. Create dynamic 2D & 3D titles at any resolution using upgraded NewBlue Titler Pro plug-ins (included).
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.
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 colour standards that high-res projects demand, enabling you to deliver content with the richest, most realistic colour 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 challengesWork with AAX factory presets from Pro ToolsView closed captions on an external monitor, as well as on the interfaceGet alpha channel support for QuickTime-wrapped DNxHR mediaExport DNxHR as Quicktime-wrapped or MXF OP1aCreate XAVC-I masters at UHD and 4K resolutionGet GPU effects acceleration on Mac and Windows with AMD and NVIDIA cardsExport high-res files in DPX formatEasily switch project resolutions and have all precompute clips (renders) automatically relinkSearch for bins within the Project window using the Quick Filter toolToggle clips and tracks on and off in the timeline to explore and compare sequence variationsSpeed up editing with new timeline enhancementsRead DPX files without transcoding using the Avid Image Sequencer plug-inCreate groups from stereoscopic clips for easy multicam editingAutomate non-creative tasks such as transcoding, copying, and consolidating in the background with Dynamic Media FoldersKeep your Avid software, plug-ins, and related third-party software up to date with the application managerGain total control over your soundtrack with support for 64-bit AAX audio plug-ins, Clip Gain control, and new Master Audio FaderExpand your editorial abilities with options, including advanced and secondary colour tools, iNEWS/ENPS integration, and hardware accelerationAssign bins as "favorites" so you always have access to frequently used material in any projectLocate files faster with new search capabilities that quickly filter results as you type and extend coverage to comments and markersExperience better performance with image thumbnail caching, GPU processing support for AVX2 plug-ins, and moreCreate comprehensive reference files easily with the new Simplified AAF format
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.