Media Composer | FIRST

Media Composer | First has been officially released today by Avid. They updated their YouTube with an introduction video as well as seven tutorials on how to use this version of the software. This is an exciting step for Avid. Their software has always been very expensive and locked off from those who want to learn. Now we have an option for everyone, but is it any good?

I've been playing with all day I think it is pretty good. It is missing a lot of features that I care about but if I was just starting out in high school or college this would have been amazing. That said it still has Avid's learning curve and the lack of UHD is disappointing. I might suggest Davinci Resolve over Media Composer | First because Resolve is easier to use and has way more flexible exporting options. That said if you're looking for a way to learn Avid without dishing out the cash this is the perfect option for you!

You can give it a try yourself here!

A List of all the Differences Between the Two Versions

 

MEDIA COMPOSER FIRST*

MEDIA COMPOSER

AUDIENCE AND AVAILABILITY

Ideal for…

Aspiring video professionals and beginners

Professional editors, movie makers, and journalists

Availability

Available for free for anyone to download and use

Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase a perpetual license (you own the software), or get it bundled with Avid Artist™ | DNxIQ

SUPPORTED TRACKS

Video tracks

4

24

Audio tracks

8

64

Data tracks

Not supported

Fully supported

VIDEO AND COLOR SUPPORT

Linked file support

Full decode SD, HD, >HD

File, Volume, and third-party export not supported

Full encode and decode SD, HD, >HD

Video file formats

Seeavid.com/mediacomposer_formats

See avid.com/mediacomposer_formats

Project formats

SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080

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

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

Color spaces

601/709

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

AUDIO SUPPORT

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

Audio channels

Mono, dual mono, stereo

Mono, dual mono, stereo,

5.1 and 7.1 surround

GENERAL

Projects

Unlimited

Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects

Bins

5 bins per project

Unlimited bins, Shared bins and projects, Volume bins, Favorite bins

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX and AAX plug-ins purchased through the Avid Marketplace only

All AVX and AAX plug-ins

Transcode

Limited

Consolidate

Limited

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

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

Video effects

Limited core set, Source Side Motion Effects, TimeWarp, Stabilize (see avid.com/mediacomposerfirstfor details)

Full core set, Source Side Motion Effects, TimeWarp, TimeWarp Fluid Motion, Stabilize

(see avid.com/mediacomposerfor details)

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)

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 effects

Limited core set

(see avid.com/mediacomposerfirstfor details)

Full core

(see avid.com/mediacomposerfor details)

Workspaces

Custom, Single View, Source/Record Editing,Full-Screenn Playback, Effects Editing, Color Correction, Audio Editing

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, NewBlueFX Titler Pro

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX™ and AAX plug-ins purchased through the Avid Marketplace only

All AVX and AAX plug-ins

Background render, transcode, and consolidate

 

Keyboard Mapping

Limited

Full

Source/Record colour differentiation

On by default

Off by default

Avid Marketplace

In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade

In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade

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

 

EXPORT

QuickTime (.mov) formats

Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV

Publish to YouTube

 

Publish to Vimeo

 

Publish to Facebook

 

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…

 

HARDWARE INTERFACE SUPPORT

Avid Artist | DNxIQ / DNxIO

 

Avid and third-party audio interfaces

Limited to 2-channel I/O

Third-party video interface

 

SOFTWARE OPTIONS

Media Composer | Symphony Option

 

Media Composer | NewsCutter® Option

 

Media Composer | ScriptSync® Option

 

Media Composer | PhraseFind™ Option

 

Media Composer | Production Pack

 

AVID SOLUTIONS SUPPORT

Interplay® | Production

 

Interplay | MAM

 

MediaCentral® Platform

 

MediaCentral | UX

 

Avid NEXIS® shared bins and projects

 

iNEWS®

 

CONTROL SURFACE SUPPORT

Pro Tools® | Control

 

Pro Tools | Dock

 

Artist® Control

 

Artist Mix

 

Artist Color

 

Artist Transport

 

MAC

System

Avid-qualified Apple computer (visit avid.com/mediacomposerfirst for

the latest details)

Avid-qualified Apple computer (visit avid.com/mediacomposerfor the latest details)

OS

OS X 10.11, 10.12

OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12

RAM

6 GB minimum, 8 GB or more recommended; 16 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media

8 GB minimum, 16 GB or more recommended; 24 GB or more recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an Interplay environment

WINDOWS

System

Avid-qualified Windows-based computer

(visit avid.com/mediacomposerfirstfor the latest details)

Avid-qualified Windows-based computer

(visit avid.com/mediacomposer for the latest details)

OS

64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), or Windows 7 Professional

(Service Pack 1)

64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), or Windows 7 Professional

(Service Pack 1)

RAM

6 GB minimum, 8 GB or more recommended; 16 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media

8 GB minimum, 16 GB+ recommended; 24 GB or more recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an Interplay environment

* Please note that the information provided above is subject to change without notice.