Avid Media Composer software

Avid Media Composer software is the professional’s choice, and the leading non-linear digital video editing solution on the market. Be sure to check out all of the Avid products we have available!

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Avid Media Composer  – It’s a Whole New Ball Game!

Avid continues to make strides as the leading non-linear digital video editing solution on the market.  Avid Media Composer software allows you to work faster and easier than ever before.

HD, UHD, 4K, 8K and even 16K native support with incredible speed and ease!

Here are a few of the latest features.

  • DNxUncompressed codec – New uncompressed codec option; compatible with Custom Canvas projects!
  • Custom Canvas – Edit videos in their native demensions
  • Play videos at native frame rates regardless of project
  • Source Media Browser – View and organize your media before import
  • Favorites Bin Option – Favorites bins are available in every new project
  • Streamlined menus making finding what you need faster and easier

For a more complete list, click the “What’s new for forensic users”

So where does Avid Media Composer fit in? 

With multiple camera views and/or videos from different sources, aligning those videos into a multi-track timeline can be the most thorough and powerful way to interrogate and digest the material, both from an investigative standpoint as well as from a demonstrative point of view.

dTective is a suite of AVX plugins for Avid Media Composer, and some stand alone tools like archive-R.

So with dTective/Media Composer, you have the full set of Media Composer features, a video editing timeline and the dTective plugins for redaction, frame averaging, and presentation.

Media Composer Timeline

Media Composer Timeline

What's New for Forensic Users

Media Composer Summary of Features by Version

Avid Media Composer 2018.11 November 2018

  • DNxUncompressed now supports 8 bit and 10 bit (Timeline is 16 bit max), and is available in ANY raster dimension!

Avid Media Composer 2018.10 October 2018

  • Additional Color Space presets for Progressive HD projects.

Avid Media Composer 2018.9 September 2018

• New DNxUncompressed codec!
• Support for DNxID device
• AMA File Export options updated
• Real-Time Streams Limit removed
• More updates to the Live Timeline

Avid Media Composer 2018.7 July 2018

• Added 16K project presets
• More control over resizing composer window
• Live timeline allows you to perform a number of tasks while a sequence plays
• Support for Hight Frame Rate Projects (100, 119.88, 120)

Avid Media Composer 2018.5 May 2018

• Ability to change track in create/edit Marker window

Avid Media Composer 2018.4 April 2018

• Media Composer Ultimate Introduced
• Timeline Clip Notes can now include thumbnail
• Timeline Clip Notes Quick Find
• Updated Markers window w/more ability to customize columns

Avid Media Composer 2018.3 March 2018

• Use Shift+Drag to select/deselect tracks in Capture Tool & Digital Cut Tool

Avid Media Composer 2018.2 February 2018

• Setting Font & Size in Find Window

Avid Media Composer 2018.1 January 2018

  • New mappable Quick Find button
  • Export separate WAV files per track

Avid Media Composer 8.10 December 2017

  • AutoSync clips based on audio Waveform Analysis
  • New 8K project presets

Avid Media Composer 8.9 August 2017

  • Avid Generic Link Plugin – Natively supports more .MOV & .MP4 files w/o QuickTime libraries
  • Set Effect Editor to Automatically open when you apply effect
  • Source Browser – Larger thumbnails, faster display of thumbnails, ability to expand/collapse
  • Support HiRes Monitors w/scaling up to 200%
  • New buttons/commands to move clips up/down in timeline

Avid Media Composer 8.8 February 2017

With this release, we have the return of PhaseFind and ScriptSync.

  • Timeline Clip Notes
  • PhraseFind – Search & Find audio dialogue (optional $199)
  • ScriptSync – Analyzes audio & matches it to lines of script text. (optional $499)
  • Find (Search) Window Improvements
  • Release Notes PDF

Avid Media Composer 8.7 Dec 15 2016

  • New Set Default Bin View
  • Rotation Presets in FrameFlex – to help auto adjust video with the wrong orientation.
  • New Clip Info Shortcut
  • New Match frame with Title – You can not match frame back to the source like you could with video
  • Updated Timecode Burn-In allowing you to set the start point better
  • Release Notes PDF

Avid Media Composer 8.6 June 30 2016

  • New Source Browser (!)
    • Link, Import & Preview (via thumbnail and/or in Source Monitor w/o adding to bin/project)
    • Target Bin selection also w/create new bin option
  • Watch Video

Avid Media Composer 8.5 January 2016

  • Windows 10 64 bit Professional Support
  • New Custom Project Preset Manager
  • Consolidated menu options (no more “Special” menu, etc)
  • Media Cache settings now include Video Cache Settings tab (!)
  • Similar to Photoshop, set memory allocation now specific to video (not just thumbnails)
  • Drag clip up in timeline to create new track
  • New Group clip sync based on WAV form (!)
  • Effects Palette Filter & Search

Avid Media Composer 8.4 June 2015

  • Custom Canvas Projects
  • High-Res & 4K workflows
  • New search bins field from projects menu and search inside a bin
  • Watch the video

Avid Media Composer 8.3 December 2014

  • 4K/UHD native support
  • DNxHR for hi-res
  • Higher frame rate options for hi-res, up to 60fps
  • Support for new I/O hardware

Older Workstations need to be validated they support the above versions (2008 time frame)

Avid Media Composer 8.2 October 2014

  • Background Effects Rendering/Render Effects Settings
  • Favorite Bins – accessible from all projects (!)
  • Search in Project Window
  • Search text in all markers, in both open & closed bins via Ctrl + F
  • Image Cache Settings – set memory allocations for Thumbnail caching, clear cache
  • Uses CPU SSE 4.1

Avid Media Composer 8.1 July 2014

  • Alt & Drag within timeline to create duplicate clip

Avid Media Composer 8.0 May 2014

  • Monthly/annual subscription licensing support
  • Avid Application Manager introduced


I/O Options

Ocean Systems can provide, configure and support multiple I/O options for Media Composer and other NLE’s.

We recommend the Avid Artist I/O family or Blackmagic Intensity family of 3rd party I/O options.


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