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Avid Media Composer 8 Academic Floating License

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Avid Media Composer 8 Academic Floating License

Avid now offers floating licensing, enabling you to purchase “packs” of shared licenses to deploy across your entire facility using a single system ID. This enables multiple editors to use Media Composer simultaneously on any number of workstations when licenses are available (not actively in use). Once you close your Media Composer application, the license is automatically returned to the pool of available licenses on the licensing server.

Your Media Composer floating license pack purchase comes with easy-to-use Avid Floating License Server software, which enables you to distribute licenses quickly and easily across your facility—on demand—from a single, centralized server. Click here for more information on Avid Floating Licenses.

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 yours—edit on premises, remotely through the cloud, on demand, through a low-cost subscription, or purchase a license outright—making Media Composer the most versatile and accessible tool for professional creative editorial.

What’s new in Media Composer 8?

The choice is yours

Edit on premises, in the cloud, on demand, through monthly access, and/or buy a full license.

Configure it your way

Get great flexibility with options that open up more creative opportunities.

Pay for only what you need

With a much lower cost of entry, the industry's top editing tool is easily within reach.

Accelerate high-res workflows

Acquire high-resolution media and deliver in HD—with full creative control of reframing.

Automate media management

Spend more time being creative by automating media tasks in the background.

Gain total audio control

Master the overall audio mix using RTAS plug-ins on the Master Audio Fader.


Media Composer 8 Features:


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, you’ll 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 team—no 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. What’s 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.

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 bins—and 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. That’s 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 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 (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, 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. Plus, you can work in HD from a high-res source without having to transcode or resize files.

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.

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 AMA, which supports 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 (formerly Interplay Sphere).

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

Get started fast

To help you get up and running quickly, Avid offers 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.

Minimum system requirements for Avid Floating License:


Server software:

  • Windows-based computer running one of the following: Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 R2

For Media Composer and other software clients:

  • Computer: Qualified Mac- or Windows based computer with Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Operating System (64-bit): Windows Server 2003 R2, Mac OS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, or Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere), 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