Avid Media Composer

Version8(as of 4/15/2016)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:3.3  |  18 Votes

Main Features

  • Native support for H.264 and HDV codecs
  • Extensibility via wide range of plugins
  • 64-bit operation for smooth playback and fast rendering
  • Editing tools for creating animations, effects, etc.
  • 10-bit color correction toolset
  • Remote collaboration with team members in real time

Software Overview

Avid Media Composer is a professional video editing application for Windows and Mac OS X. You can acquire the software through a monthly or annual subscription or own the program with a perpetual license.

Media Composer is a powerful video editor that can handle high volumes of media files. The application natively supports several codecs, such as H.264 and HDV, but requires installation of plugins to extend the amount of supported codecs. Media Composer offers native 64-bit operation for smooth playback and fast rendering of different types of media from analog to digital tape and 2K/4K/5K footage.

Media Composer provides a large amount of video editing tools. You can create titles, animations, effects, and 2D or 3D composites. The editor offers a 10-bit color correction toolset that helps you accurately match and correct colors for every shot. The program gives you an application manager that helps you manage the plugins, software, and third-party applications installed on your system. Media Composer also allows you to collaborate with team members in real time. You can remotely edit, tag, track, share, and sync media and projects with everyone else editing your project.

Avid Media Composer is a video application mainly used by professional video editors to edit news packages, shows, and film. It gives you a lot of control, which is great for professionals, but can be difficult to learn for newcomers. But if you are committed to editing and willing to learn, you’ll discover that Avid Media Composer is a great editing program for creating broadcasts and films.

Primary File Type

avp icon.AVPAvid Project File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AVPAvid Project File
.AAFAdvanced Authoring Format File
.AFEAvid File Exchange File
.AVBAvid Bin File
.AVCAvid Media Composer Script
.AVEAvid User File
.AVVAvid Volume Bin File
.AVXAvid Plugin File
.EDLEdit Decision List File
.MDBAvid Media Database
.MXFMaterial Exchange Format
.OMFOpen Media Framework File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ALEAvid Log Exchange File
.AVSAvid Project Preferences File
.PMRAvid Persisent Media Record File
.R3DREDCODE Video File
.STLEuropean Broadcasting Union Subtitles File
Updated 4/15/2016