For large-scale media enterprise, post-production houses, and educational institutions, Avid now offers floating licensing, enabling you to purchase “packs” of shared licenses to deploy across your entire facility using a single system ID. This enables multiple editors to use Media Composer® simultaneously on any number of workstations when licenses are available (not actively in use). Once you close your Media Composer application, the license is automatically returned to the pool of available licenses on the licensing server.
Enjoy easy set-up and administration
Your Media Composer floating license pack purchase comes with easy-to-use Avid Floating License Server software, which enables you to distribute licenses quickly and easily across your facility—on demand—from a single, centralized server. You can install the server software on any standard Windows-based computer (see the minimum system requirements below)—simply enter your licensing server address into Media Composer during installation and the rest of the process is automatic.
Once installed, you can access the floating license server from any Windows- or Mac-based client system, making administration and management easy—and super convenient when you’re physically not in the facility. And when using a disk image to install multiple Media Composer seats across a facility, simply entering the server address once in the image means the licensing process is completely transparent to end users.
Get flexible license access
To obtain a floating license, simply open Media Composer on your network-connected computer, and the software automatically connects to your licensing server and issues an available license in the background. In addition—similar to a library—floating licenses can be “checked out” to individual machines, such as a laptop, when you, an editor, or student needs to work off site or at home. Your administrator simply grants these privileges to the requestor, along with an expiration date. This makes it easy to add freelancers or students on a per-project basis, and have the granted licenses automatically returned at the end of the project.
Save time and money
By incorporating floating licensing, you can:
- Maximize your investment, as licenses are only consumed when in use and returned to the server when not, enabling additional editors to connect when licenses become available
- Offer the ability to “check out” licenses—ideal for projects that need to be completed on the road or at home for an extended period of time
- Save countless hours of activation, installation, and upgrade time using Avid’s Floating License Server software and your existing hardware to establish a single, centralized licensing server—just activate a pack of licenses, tell Media Composer the server address, and the system will automatically request licenses from the server on the internal network
- Save money and gain more operational flexibility over purchasing individual seats of Media Composer that often go unused when a designated editor or system isn’t working
- Gain peace of mind, as all licenses are relinquished to the server when Media Composer closes or times out (after a period of inactivity), protecting you from theft
Minimum system requirements For the Floating License Server software:
• Windows-based computer* running one of the following:
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Windows Server 2003 R2
For Media Composer and other software clients:
• Computer: Qualified Mac- or Windows-based computer with Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
• Operating System (64-bit): Windows Server 2003 R2
- Mac OS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, or
- Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise
- 4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
- 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly 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 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
Available floating license packs
• Media Composer | Software pack—20 or 50 seats
• Media Composer | NewsCutter® Option pack—20 or 50 seats
• Media Composer | Symphony® Option pack—20 or 50 seats
* Although a Windows-based computer is required for the server installation, administrators can activate licenses from either a Windows- or Mac-based client system
Media Composer Licensing FAQ
Q: Why is Avid offering a Media Composer subscription license?
Q: Isn’t that going to cost me more over time? What is the benefit for my business?
Q: I’m an existing Media Composer user; what happens to my software now? Do I have to upgrade to this new licensing model?
Q: How can I verify the expiration date of my support contract?
Q: Why did Avid discontinue NewsCutter?
Q: Do I have to change the way I buy Avid software? Can I just continue to buy an upgrade when I need it?
Q: I like to buy Avid software, hardware, and support from my favorite reseller; will I still be able to do this or has this new subscription-based model ended that?
Q: What happens to my existing Avid Support plan under this new licensing system?
Q: I travel a lot and need Media Composer to always work. If I’m not able to get network access, will my software still work?
Q: What happens to all of the other software that came bundled with Media Composer, such as Avid FX, Avid DVD, Sorenson Squeeze, and Boris Continuum Complete? Are they available with any of these licensing options?
Q: Is there a version of Media Composer that won’t “time out” if I don’t keep paying my monthly subscription fee? I don’t want to worry about the software no longer working if I’m without Internet access or I haven’t paid the monthly bill.
Q: If I buy Media Composer outright (a perpetual license), how do I upgrade it? Will software patches and bug fixes be free like they’ve always been?
Q: I don’t want to pay month to month. I didn’t like it when the other “A” company did this, and I don’t like that Avid is doing it now. I want to buy or upgrade when I feel there are features that I need.
Q: What if I buy and don’t register. Can my “year of Avid Support and software upgrades” start from that date?
Q: I see that this version is designated as Media Composer 8, but I don’t see any big new features in this release like Avid usually delivers.
Q: With a monthly subscription, can I use Media Composer on more than one computer if I’m at work and then want to take a project home on my laptop?
Q: What happens to my software if I stop paying my monthly subscription?
Q: What happens to my subscription license if I’m not connected to the Internet? Will my software stop working?
Q: Will the Avid Support Plan prices be offered internationally? How will I buy?
Q: How does this new license model work with other software I want, such as the Symphony Option, ScriptSync, and PhraseFind Options?
Q: How can I determine which Options I have already?
Q: I’ve got multiple seats of Media Composer in my facility. Month-to-month subscriptions are going to be a management headache for me. Do you have a plan that makes sense for my business?
Q: How do I manage a mix of license options with the floating license server? Can I have multiple software versions?
Q: My facility has a lot of freelance editors coming and going. I don’t feel a subscription model works well for my business. Do you have any other options?
Q: If my facility uses floating licensing, can I take a laptop offsite away from the building and still access the software?
Q: I use a dongle to license my software; will that continue to work?
Q: What is included with standard Avid Support and are there other support packages available? How is this different from Avid Support in the past?
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