Avid Xpress

Version5(as of 10/27/2014)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:2.9  |  8 Votes

Main Features

  • Real-time non-linear video editing
  • Advanced tools and custom effects
  • HD editing capabilities
  • Video effects including blur, crop, and color correction

Software Overview

Avid Xpress was a video editing application commonly used by professionals in the television and movie industry. Although it originally could only edit standard definition video, an update added support for high definition. It was available on Windows and Mac but did not work on Windows Vista.

Xpress uses non-linear editing unlike many other major video editors such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. Non-linear editing is non-destructive process meaning that the changes you make aren't directly applied to a video clip but instead are stored in memory. Non-linear editing also allows you to make changes on the fly as opposed to scrubbing through a timeline to find certain points. This allows experimentation with video without worrying about ruining the project as a whole.

Besides non-linear editing, Xpress shares similarities with other professional video editors including features like special effects. Some special effects that you can apply to your video include cropping, color correction, and blur. You can also overlay titles on your video and add effects like transition. More effects can be added to the program using plug-ins.

Avid Xpress is not for novices to video editing and has a fairly steep learning curve. It also requires high performance computer hardware due to the way it processes video information. If you are interested in using a program like Xpress you might have better luck with its sucessor, Avid Media Composer, since it is still supported.

Primary File Type

avp icon.AVPAvid Project File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AVPAvid Project File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.AAFAdvanced Authoring Format File
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AVBAvid Bin File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.AVPAvid Project File
.FLVFlash Video
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MKVMatroska Video
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.MXFMaterial Exchange Format
.OMFOpen Media Framework File
.PMRAvid Persisent Media Record File
.RMRealMedia File
.VC1VC-1 Video File
.WMVWindows Media Video

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ALEAvid Log Exchange File
.AVEAvid User File
.AVSAvid Project Preferences File
.AVXAvid Plugin File
Updated 10/27/2014