Avid Announces Free Version of Media Composer


Avid has revealed its plans to release a free version of its popular Media Composer video editing software. Dubbed “Media Composer | First,” it will be scaled down in features but will still offer much of the experience for which Media Composer is popular.

Avid has not divulged the complete details on Media Composer | First; however, it will launch later this year. The available info from Avid highlights an in-app Marketplace for purchasing effects and stock footage. Additionally, Avid also highlights cloud connectivity, stating that all projects are stored in the cloud with media stored locally.

As Avid’s FAQ reinforces several times, Media Composer | First is targeted specifically at beginners. Avid makes effort to encourage anyone looking to become a serious editor to look at the full version Media Composer instead.

Avid Media Composer | First will officially launch sometime later in 2015.


Avid Media Composer Adds Software Subscription Option


Avid is one of the latest software vendors to move to a subscription software model with Media Composer available for a $49.99/mo subscription price. So far, however, Avid is taking a gentler approach to the subscription model by continuing to offer a purchase option to Media Composer in addition to the subscription option. [Read more…]

PluralEyes 3.1 Adds Avid Media Composer Support

PluralEyes 3.1

Red Giant has released PluralEyes 3.1 for Mac OS X, which adds support for Avid Media Composer, MXF support and a new feature called “Do It For Me.”

Details from Red Giant:

  • Support for Avid Media Composer: PluralEyes 3.1 now imports and exports its synced timeline directly to Avid Media Composer on Mac, along with Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro;
  • MXF Support: PluralEyes 3.1 supports more professional workflows, adding native MXF support for Media Composer and Premiere Pro;
  • “Do It For Me” Workflow: A new set of features quickly imports and organizes your clips. You drag-and-drop the clips as ‘Takes,’ hit Sync, and PluralEyes figures out their relationship.

PluralEyes 3.1 for Mac is available for $199. Existing PluralEyes 3 users can download the update for free. More details on Red Giant’s website.