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Avid Media Composer | First vs. Media Composer Comparison Chart

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It’s a fact that over 95% of all mainstream movies released in 2016 were edited on Media Composer. And so were most TV shows, too! Media Composer | First is a completely free version of the same video editing application, available on either Mac or PC. If you are an aspiring filmmaker or vlogger looking to get a start in editing, there’s no better way to bring your imagination to life.

Here is chart comparing Media Composer | First with Media Composer.

MEDIA COMPOSER ® | FIRST*

MEDIA COMPOSER

AUDIENCE AND AVAILABILIT Y

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 TRA CK S

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

See avid.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

 

MEDIA COMPOSER | FIRST*

MEDIA COMPOSER

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/mediacomposerfirst for details)

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

(see avid.com/mediacomposer for 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/mediacomposerfirst for details)

Full core

(see avid.com/mediacomposer for 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

Titles

Classic Title tool

Classic Title tool, Marquee tool, NewBlueFX Titler Pro

Video and audio plug-in support

AVXand 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 color 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

 

MEDIA COMPOSER | FIRST*

MEDIA COMPOSER

INGEST

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 | PhraseFindOption

Media Composer | Production Pack

AVID SOLUTIONS SUPPORT

Interplay® | Production

Interplay | MAM

MediaCentral® Platform

MediaCentral | UX

Avid NEXIS® shared bins and projects

iNEWS®

 

MEDIA COMPOSER | FIRST*

MEDIA COMPOSER

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/mediacomposer for 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/mediacomposerfirst for 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

 

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By Britt, July 12, 2017