Avid Media Composer 8 (Teacher, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)

Avid Media Composer 8 (Teacher, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)

Avid Media Composer 8 (Teacher, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)

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Product Highlights

  • Native Support of SD, HD, 4K, and Higher
  • Edit Most Codecs Using AMA
  • Improved Stereo 3D Support Over MC7
  • Edit 4K+ Footage Immediately in HD
  • Supports LUTs and CDLs for Raw Workflows
  • Central Management of AMA and Plug-Ins
  • Audio Editing and Finishing Tools
  • Deliver in Broadcast AS-11 MXF Files
  • Sorenson Squeeze and NewBlue Titler Pro
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NOTE: This product is an educational discounted version available to qualified faculty/staff and academic institutions only (not for individual students). Proof of current educational status is required. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us prior to purchasing.

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Avid 9935-65687-05 Overview

  • 1Description

Avid Media Composer 8 is a 64-bit non-linear editing system that allows you to work – without transcoding – with most file formats and resolutions, including SD, HD, stereoscopic (3D), 4K, and beyond. It also features built-in effects, transitions, and titling tools. With Media Composer 8, you can mix and match different formats, frame rates, and resolutions in the same timeline without rendering. Media Composer 8 features Full 4:4:4 HD RGB support, color correction tools, and ProRes encoding (Mac version only). You can install your choice of the Mac or Windows version.

Featuring built-in support for stereoscopic/3D footage, Media Composer 8 is a full-fledged stereoscopic editing system. It is also compatible with a wide range of effects plug-ins. It features a multicam editing mode for cutting between 9 cameras simultaneously. For audio support, Media Composer features built-in 7.1 surround sound support and audio mixing of up to 64 audio voices. It also features improved audio keyframing on the timeline and supports Pro Tools RTAS plug-ins. It supports available Avid and non-Avid hardware I/O cards and devices and includes access to the Media Composer | Symphony Option, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, NewBlue Titler Pro v1, Sorenson Squeeze, EDL Manager, and FilmScribe.

Note: This version is an educational discounted license available to qualified faculty/staff of accredited academic institutions only. Proof of current status is required. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us prior to purchasing.

What's New for Version 8.4

    Custom Projects
    Avid now supports projects ranging from 256 x 120 to 8192 by 8192. Stereoscopic projects must have a height divisible by 4 and width divisible by 8. Custom project sizes can be saved as presets.

    Terminology Changes
    AMA is now referenced as Link in the editing application. All import and export settings for scaling of color levels from full range (RGB) to legal range (video) have been updated with more intuitive terminology.

    Adapter Display in Timeline
    The source side adapters icons are now represented individually so that you can quickly see which adapter has been applied to the clip. The display of these icons can be turned on/off individually.

    Refresh Sequence All
    The More tab of the Command Palette now has a Refresh Sequence ALL button that can be added to your Timeline toolbar and mapped to your keyboard.

    AAX Factory Presets
    The editing application supports Pro Tools presets for audio track effects.

    Alpha Support for QuickTime Wrapped DNxHR
    This release includes Alpha support for QuickTime-wrapped DNxHR media.

    Inactive Audio Tracks
    You can choose to include inactive audio tracks in the export process.

    Transcoding Media
    In previous releases, you could transcode with the media's original frame rate only when working with greater than HD projects. With this release, it now also applies to SD and HD projects.

    Deleting AMA Metadata Files
    You can now delete metadata files associated with linked master clips.

    Four Channel Audio Monitoring Options
    Additional options have been added to the Audio Mixer tool that tell the editing application the number and position of speakers connected to your workstation. The output of the sequence set in the Sequence Mix Mode is mixed into the speakers available according to one of these modes.

    What's New for Version 8

      New Application Manager
      Lets you see what Avid software, AMA plug-ins, and related third-party applications you have installed on your system. Get notified when new updates, upgrades, and renewals are available. Activate and download new software, updates, and upgrades from the interface. And if you're interested in a new product or upgrade, you can even see if a software trial is available to try it out first. It will even alert you about special offers, upcoming webinars, and events.

      Workflow Acceleration with FrameFlex Tools
      Allows you can immediately start working in HD directly from high-res sources, such as 4K, and maintain full creative control of the image reframing and keyframing, from beginning to end. In addition, 1D/3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) and Color Decision Lists (CDLs) make it simpler to perform real-time RAW and LogC to Rec. 709 color space conversions.

      Automated Media Management
      Gain more time for creativity with new features that accelerate and simplify file-based workflows. With Dynamic Media Folders, non-creative media tasks such as transcoding, copying, and consolidating can be automated in the background, without disrupting your editorial flow.

      Edit and Collaborate Remotely in Real Time
      Edit, share, tag, track, and sync media and projects with everyone on your editing team. No matter where you are in the world, Media Composer enables you to connect to Interplay Production systems through Media Composer Cloud. What's more, you can edit just as efficiently as you would if you were all at the home facility, using the same familiar tools and workflows.

      Master Audio Fader
      You can insert RTAS plug-ins to tweak tones and optimize the overall program loudness, making broadcast regulation adherence quick and easy. You can also now make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timeline-independently of any track-based automation with the Clip Gain control.

      Improved Pro Tools Interoperability
      Video Satellite is now included with Media Composer, enabling audio editors and mixers to play Avid HD and SD video sequences directly in sync with their Pro Tools session, while maintaining full system power.

      Additional New Features

      • Create cut lists and EDLs from within Media Composer
      • Do multicam editing in stereoscopic 3D
      • Get 9-way real-time multicam support for Long GOP (XDCAM) media
      • Select multiple clips in the timeline without the filler
      • Edit without interruption with new audio waveform caching
      • View location sound metadata from Broadcast Wave files with support for iXML
      • Deliver finished sequences to a standardized AS-11 (AMWA) MXF OP1a file
      • Work with Alpha channel media using the new AMA QuickTime with Alpha plug-in



        Full 64-Bit Power
        The 64-bit architecture of Media Composer provides more processing power, larger editing bins, and a smoother editing experience with less waiting than with a 32-bit system.

        Work With Virtually Any Media
        File-based media, 2K, 4K, and 5K footage, analog and digital tape, stereoscopic 3D material, film - Media Composer supports it all. With diverse editing tools and a wide range of features, workflows, and options you can work with nearly everything, from old-school media to the latest camera technologies. Plus, you can work in HD from a high-res source without having to transcode or resize files.

        No Transcoding with AMA
        With AMA (Avid Media Access), you can instantly access and edit file-based media, including ARRI ALEXA MXF, RED (EPIC, SCARLET-X, and ONE) files, AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formats.

        Editor-Focused Tools
        Trim and manipulate on the fly using the Smart Tool, or perform ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering. And edit HD material in real time using Avid DNxHD or DNxHD 444.

        Edit 3D
        Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D footage. Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. In addition, you can mix and match 2D and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track, and it features full-fledged editing tools and video effects for stereoscopic post production.


          Accelerate Performance with Avid Hardware
          Pair Media Composer with a Nitris DX or Mojo DX video interface - both separately available - for the fastest possible workflow when ingesting and editing certain formats. You can even customize Nitris DX with up to two Avid DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips to fully support stereoscopic 3D and HD RGB 4:4:4 workflows.

          Third-Party I/O Support
          Media Composer also supports many third-party video capture and outputs cards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU.

          Avid Marketplace
          Browse for stock footage, plug-ins, hardware, and more - right from within Media Composer.

          Audio, Color Correction, and Finishing

            With built-in audio recording, editing, and mixing tools you can:
            • Record and monitor voiceovers, overdubs, and more using select, separately available Avid audio interfaces
            • Edit and mix in up to 7.1 surround sound
            • Polish sounds with 20 included AIR effects - the same plug-ins that come with Pro Tools
            • Expand your sound with compressors, reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from the Avid Marketplace

            Color Correction and Grading
            A fully integrated 10-bit color correction toolset lets you:
            • Quickly and accurately match colors from shot to shot using NaturalMatch
            • Gain better color precision with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing
            • Get fine control over shots with animatable color correction
            • Speed up your color work with Artist Color

            Transcode and Export
            With Sorenson Squeeze Lite included, you can optimize media for the playback-online or on disc. Prepare and optimize content in a variety of formats, including HD, DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Flash, and 3GPP.

            Broadcast AS-02/AS-11 File-based Output
            Support for AS-02/AS-11 MXF formats through AMA means you can manage multiple versions of the same sequence easily, as the AS-02/AS-11 container packs everything into a single bundle without duplicating assets, saving storage space. Seamlessly move content between Avid and other systems that support the formats. Use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your versioning/archive workflow. And because the formats are open industry standards, you'll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.

            Bundled Software

              Media Composer | Symphony Option, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, FilmScribe, NewBlue Titler Pro v1, EDL Manager

              Media Composer | Symphony Option
              With the Symphony Option you gain access to a full suite of advanced color correction tools. These tools allow you greater control over your image and more flexibility and speed in completing the color correction process.

              Helps manage the complex metadata associated with film and digital cinema workflows, beyond what a simple CMX EDL (edit decision list) can offer.

              EDL Manager
              Allows you to export timecode metadata for use in third party applications.

              NewBlue Titler Pro v1
              Allows you to create dynamic 2D and 3D titles to add visual value to your projects.

              Boris Continuum Complete Lite
              Effects software allowing you to create 2D and 3D motion graphics.
              UPC: 724643118136
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              Avid Media Composer 8 (Teacher, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)
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              • 1Description

              Avid 9935-65687-05 Specs

              Native Codec Support Avid DNxHD 444
              All DNxHD 444 Formats

              Avid DNxHD
              All DNxHD formats

              Avid Compressed SD Resolutions
              AVR (playback only)
              15:1s, 4:1s, 2:1s
              20:1, 10:1, 3:1, 2:1
              35:1p, 28:1p, 14:1p, 3:1p, 2:1p
              4:1m, 10:1m, 3:1m(p), 8:1m(p)

              Avid Proxy Formats
              Interplay MPEG-2 proxy, MPEG-4 proxy, 720p H.264 proxy (transcode service only)

              Canon XF
              50 Mb/s, 4:2:2

              DV25 / DVCAM (25 Mb/s): 4:1:1 NTSC, 4:1:1 PAL, 4:2:0 PAL, 24p
              DV50 (50 Mb/s)

              JVC HDV (19 Mb/s) 720p
              Sony HDV (25 Mb/s) 1080 @ 24p/25/50i/59.94i
              Canon HDV 1080 at 24p/50i/59.94i
              Native project formats: 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/23.976 (with support for 24p material), 720p/25, 720p/29.97, 720p/50, 720/59.94
              Capture over IEEE-1394, edit, playback, export to file without timecode

              Ikegami GFCAM
              GFCAM 50 Mb/s
              GFCAM 100 Mb/s

              JVC ProHD
              Microsoft VC-1: VC-1 (edit/playback on Intel Macs only)

              Panasonic AVC-Intra

              Panasonic DVCPRO (SD)
              DVCPRO 25 Mb/s
              DVCPRO50 50 Mb/s

              Panasonic DVCPRO HD
              DVCPRO HD 100 Mb/s
              AVC-Intra (baseband capture over HD-SDI requires AVC-Intra encoding module with Avid Nitris DX-sold separately)
              Native project formats: 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/50, 720p/25, 720p/23.976

              ProRes encode (Mac only) and decode
              Full metadata support

              Sony XDCAM (SD)
              DV 25 Mb/s
              IMX30 30 Mb/s
              IMX40 40 Mb/s
              IMX50 50 Mb/s
              Full ancillary data support through AMA

              Sony XDCAM EX
              MPEG 25 Mb/s CBR
              MPEG 35 Mb/s VBR
              Full ancillary data support through AMA

              Sony XDCAM HD
              MPEG 18 Mb/s VBR
              MPEG 25 Mb/s VBR
              MPEG 25 Mb/s CBR
              MPEG 35 Mb/s VBR
              MPEG 50 Mb/s CBR
              MPEG-4 Proxies
              Full ancillary data support through AMA
              Supported A/V Plug-In Formats Audio
              RTAS (Real-Time AudioSuite)

              AMA (Avid Media Access)
              AVX 2 (Avid Video Extension)
              Uncompressed SD and HD Video SD
              1:1 interlaced 8/10-bit
              1:1 progressive 8/10-bit

              1:1 8/10-bit
              YUV 4:2:2
              RGB 4:4:4 (via dual link HDSDI)
              File-Based Support ARRI ALEXA MXF

              Full native direct access to AVCHD media and metadata
              Native editing of all listed formats

              Canon XF
              Full native direct access to Canon XF media and metadata
              Native editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")

              Ikegami GFCAM
              Supports MXFand OP-Atom Wrapper
              Full native direct access to GFCAM material and metadata
              Native GFCAM editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")
              Direct edit of GFCAM media from GFPAK cards or disk drive

              JVC ProHD

              Full native direct access to MXF media and metadata
              Native editing of all formats

              Panasonic P2
              Supports MXF and OP-Atom Wrapper Full native direct access to P2 media and metadata
              Native DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra editing of all listed HD formats
              Direct edit of P2 media from cards or disk drive
              Support for P2 Store
              Write-back of finished program to P2 media (Windows only)

              Full native direct access to QuickTime media and metadata (including Canon 5D and 7D media)
              Full native ProRes encode (Mac only) and decode support
              Native editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")
              Direct edit of QuickTime movie files

              Full native direct access to RED (.R3D) media and metadata (frame size scaled to HD)
              Full native direct access to RED ONE, EPIC, SCARLET-X (5K/4.5K/3K2K RAW, 1080p RGB, and 720p RGB) material
              Native editing of all listed formats
              Direct edit of RED (.R3D) files from a RED-FLASH card or RED-DRIVE

              Sony HDCAM SR / HDCAM SR Lite / HDCAM SR-SQ
              Full native direct access to HDCAM SR Lite media and metadata
              Native editing of all listed HD data rates (see "Native Codec Support")

              Sony XDCAM / XDCAM EX / XDCAM HD / HD420
              Supports MXF and OP-1A Wrappers for all but XDCAM EX; XDCAM EX supports MP4 wrapper
              Full native direct access to XDCAM media and metadata
              Support for optical media and SxS cards
              Native editing of all listed SD and HD data rates (see "Native Codec Support")
              Full ancillary data support
              Import via File Access Mode (FAM) over IEEE-1394
              Ingest via FTP client over Ethernet
              Play-out and Write-back of finished program to XDCAM media
              System Requirements
              Computer Avid-qualified Windows- or Mac-based computer.
              Operating System 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise) or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1)

              Mac OS X 10.9.5 or 10.10.x or 10.11.x (with Media Composer 8.4.1)

              Note: Avid does not supply support for non-Avid-qualified systems.
              Processor Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
              Memory 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
              8 GB RAM minimum required to support Interplay Sphere, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
              16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4 K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
              Graphics Card Mac
              Nvidia GeForce family (recommended), Intel HD4000, or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple)

              NVIDIA Quadro FX family3 (Q600 or higher recommended), Intel HD4000

              NVIDIA cards are recommended; full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory.

              Internal Hard Drive Minimum 250 GB, 7,200 rpm SATA drive or 128 GB SSD
              Compatibility QuickTime: Avid has tested and qualified Apple QuickTime X for Mac users and QuickTime 7.6.9 for Windows users
              Windows Media Player: Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 is required to export certain formats and to work with VC-1 material
              Packaging Info
              Package Weight 0.1 lb
              Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 7.0 x 0.5"

              Avid 9935-65687-05 Reviews

              Media Composer 8 (Teacher, Annual Subscription, Activation Card) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
              Rated 4 out of 5 by from Avid Makes It Easy For Students/Teachers I'm a long time Avid user (since 1994), and now, as a faculty member, Avid has made it very easy for me, and any of my students, to buy and use Media Composer. I collaborate with editors in different cities, and it's simple for them to send me a bin, and we can compare cuts, and make changes, and send them back. I haven't yet explored Interplay, which I'm told makes this even easier. I teach a course where the students are required to use Premiere, and this sort of collaboration is much more tricky - doable, but not easy. I'm a big fan of Avid's Sifted bin view - I've customized my interfaces so thoroughly, I can work with great speed.
              Date published: 2015-01-20
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from No problems I got what I ordered and in just about a week. Product was delivered in a CD shaped envelope with a card inside containing the necessary codes for installation. I had to watch instructions on YouTube, as the processes is a bit complicated. But everything went well and I am very happy with Avid Media composer. PS, confirmation of my student status only took a few hours and all they needed was my student email address.
              Date published: 2014-10-21
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It Having used the trial I was impressed with Avid's professional look and ease of use. When it ran out, buying the package was only too logical. It was well worth the money. Not recommended for a computer with a weak processor because it requires so much but that will be true with all editing software.
              Date published: 2015-03-23
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE Its just amazing to 1) learn how to use AVID at school and 2) own AVID 8 on my home computer system. Its helpful to have AVID today at home on my computer and then in the future, once I learn how to really use this program, I will still have it at home to easily access it. Thanks!
              Date published: 2014-09-10
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very very good software I love Avid since the day I started using it. It's so stable and so professional. And they even have student deal! What a thoughtful company. I got the very last one in B&H, the stuff helped to get it very fast. I just loved it
              Date published: 2014-08-05
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good I enjoy the avid media composer pretty much, after purchasing it via b&h photo. The service was clear, fast and professional, thank You!
              Date published: 2014-11-02
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much better than Final Cut Pro! I learned to edit on Final Cut Pro, but I prefer Avid Media Composer. This software offers so much more than FCP!
              Date published: 2015-02-17
              Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great editing software! this works great for editing, and for the price I feel i get the same features as other higher end AVID softwares.
              Date published: 2015-06-20
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