Comparison

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Audience and availability

Ideal for...

Aspiring video professionals and beginners Professional editors and movie makers who work independently Professional editors, movie makers, and journalists who work in a collaborative environment
Availability A free download for anyone to use Get a 1-year subscription and pay monthly or in full; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available for those who prefer to own the software Get a monthly, annual, 2-year, or 3-year subscription; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available for those who prefer to own the software (does not include the software options that come with Media Composer | Ultimate)
Included software options Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option included with Media Composer | Ultimate 1-, 2-, and 3-year subscriptions
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

General

Projects Unlimited Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects
Bins 5 bins per project Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Unlimited bins
Volume bins
Favorite bins
Shared bins and projects

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX and AAX plug-ins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plug-ins All AVX and AAX plug-ins
Transcode Limited + +
Consolidate Limited + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Tracks

Video tracks 4 24 24
Audio tracks 8 64 64
Data tracks Not supported Fully supported Fully supported
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Video and color

Linked file support Full decode
SD, HD, >HD
File, Volume, and third-party export not supported
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Video file formats See the latest See the latest See the latest
Project formats SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080 SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, Custom SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, Custom
Frame rates 23.978p, 24p, 25i, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p
No progressive support for SD rasters
23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p 23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p
Native compression JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
Color spaces 601/709 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
Desktop display LUTs Rec. 709 Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Audio

Audio resolutions 32, 44.1, on-the-fly conversion to 48 kHz; 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit
Audio channels Mono, dual mono, stereo Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Features

Video editing Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Multicam editing Group Clips
4-Way Split Display
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Video effects Limited core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
FrameFlex + + +
Timecode tool + + +
Print Timeline + + +
List tool + +
Film workflows + +
Stereoscopic 3D + +
Color Correction CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
Audio editing Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio effects Limited core set Full core set (see details) Full core set (see details)
Workspaces Custom
Single View
Source/Record Editing
Full Screen Playback
Effects Editing
Color Correction
Audio Editing
Custom
Single View
Source/Record Editing
Full Screen Playback
Effects Editing
Color Correction
Audio Editing
Capture
Custom
Single View
Source/Record Editing
Full Screen Playback
Effects Editing
Color Correction
Audio Editing
Capture
Titles Classic Title tool Classic Title tool
Marquee tool
Classic Title tool
Marquee tool
Background render, transcode, and consolidate + +
Settings Limited User settings
Limited Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Keyboard Mapping Limited (based on available functions) Full Full

Source/Record color differentiation

On by default Off by default Off by default
Snap to Edit On by default Off by default Off by default

Auto-launch Effects Editor

On by default Off by default Off by default

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX and AAX plug-ins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plug-ins All AVX and AAX plug-ins
Avid Marketplace In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Ingest

Source Browser + + +
Drag-and-Drop Import + + +
Drag-and-Drop Link + + +
Photoshop w/Layers + + +
Capture + +
Dynamic Media Folders + +
AAF Import + +
EDL Import + +
ALE Import + +
Shot Log Import + +
SCC Import + +
Edit While Capture + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Export

QuickTime (.mov) formats Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV + +
Publish to YouTube +
Publish to Vimeo +
Graphic Export Limited: TIFF, JPEG + +
AAF Export + +
ALE Export + +
AFE Export + +
Shot Log Export + +
SCC Export + +
TTML Export + +
AMA File Export + +
DPX Export + +
AS-11 MXF OP1a Export + +
DNxHD MXF OP1a Export + +
DNxHR MXF OP1a Export + +
J2K MXF OP1a Export + +
Export to Device + +
Send to... + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Hardware interfaces

Avid Artist | DNxIQ + +
Avid Artist | DNxIV + +
Avid Artist | DNxIP + +
Avid Artist | DNxID + + +
Avid and third-party audio interfaces Limited to 2-channel I/O + +
Third-party video interface + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Control surfaces

Pro Tools | Control + +
Pro Tools | Dock + +
Artist Control + +
Artist Mix + +
Artist Color
+ +
Artist Transport + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Software options

Media Composer | Symphony Option + +
(included)
Media Composer | NewsCutter Option + +
(included)
Media Composer | ScriptSync Option + +
(included)
Media Composer | PhraseFind Option + +
(included)
Media Composer | Production Pack + +
Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Avid Solutions Support

Interplay | Production +
Interplay | MAM +
MediaCentral +
MediaCentral | Cloud UX +
Avid NEXIS shared bins and projects +
iNEWS +

system requirements

Media Composer | First
Media Composer
Media Composer | Ultimate

Minimum system requirements Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer (get the details) Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)
Avid-qualified Mac or Windows-based computer
(get the details)

*Please note that the Media Composer | PhraseFind Option and ScriptSync Option are not included with Media Composer | Ultimate monthly subscriptions at this time.

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