Avid makes limited version of movie editing tool Media Composer free for macOS

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Video editing company Avid has released a cut-down version of its composition software for free, in the form of "Avid Media Composer | First" for both Apple's macOS and Microsoft's Windows.




Available now, the release is powered by the company's MediaCentral platform, and shares its interface with the full version of Media Composer.

"Media Composer | First" includes the ability to mix four video tracks, eight audio tracks, and modify them with host of built-in visual effects, transitions, color correction presets and titling templates. It also allows for easy sharing, with one-click publishing to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.




Project formats are limited to SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720p, and 1080p -- 4K is specifically disallowed. Industry-standard framerates up to 59.94 frames per second are usable.

Color space is limited to 601/709, with DCI-P3 such as that found in the iPhone 7, MacBook Pro, and iMac refreshes not available. Stereo sound is supported, but surround sound is not.

The software takes 4.43GB of storage space before project data, requires an "Avid-qualified Apple computer" -- meaning anything from 2012 or later, running macOS 10.10 or above, with 8GB of RAM at a minimum. While free, "Media Composer | First" does require registration with Avid, and use of Avid's license management software.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    I know Media Composer is a little long in the tooth in some ways, but this is good news for allot of people starting out and for the company. Avid has always had a problem getting their software into people's hands. As annoying as subscriptions are Avid moving Media Composer to a sub model also helped make it more obtainable for small projects. Hopefully it gets more people familiar with Media Compser. 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    geekmeegeekmee Posts: 266member
    If I were AVID CEO, I would be looking at an early retirement and selling my stock, while it's still worth something.
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  • Reply 3 of 4
    frankiefrankie Posts: 369member
    Good thing they bought Digidesign back in the day. I know exactly zero people who use Avid except in LA and I do know some who use it for reality TV. Personally I've just never liked how it functions in general. It always felt clunky and too keyboard-and shortcut-centric.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,515member
    I know Media Composer is a little long in the tooth in some ways, but this is good news for allot of people starting out and for the company. Avid has always had a problem getting their software into people's hands. As annoying as subscriptions are Avid moving Media Composer to a sub model also helped make it more obtainable for small projects. Hopefully it gets more people familiar with Media Compser. 
    I see Media 100 also have a free version too.  https://www.media100.com  Back in the day my editors used Avid, Media 100, Premiere and we nearly bought a Cube (remember that ... wavelet compression?) but these days I am out of touch, I am assuming a hell of a lot of shows these days are done with FCPro X and Premiere.  As Geekmee intimated above, one wonders how long these dedicated one trick pony type companies can last.

    edit ... heck I forgot Radius EditDV (an early program from Randy Ubillos for whom I am proud to say I was a beta tester, to me the father of non-linear editing as we know it today)  http://www.macworld.com/article/1014972/editdv.html (for those who remember that far back)
    edited August 2017 SpamSandwichzer0her0
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