Media Composer

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Media Composer offers accelerated high-res-to-HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and automated media management so you can focus on telling a great story and deliver projects quickly, with amazing production value.

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Media Composer review by <span>Brendan C.</span>
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An aging editing suite on it's last legs

What do you like best?

Avid has one of the most straightforward editing workflows in the industry. If you are using Sony MXF based cameras and exporting to MXF it can be one of the simplest options and the program puts the focus on making solid editing decisions.

There's no fluff to Avid. Or not much, at least. It tries to do one thing and do it well.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately Avid has had a hard time keeping up with a changing industry. It's file handling is stuck back in the early 2000's. It's overly complicated and picky as far as what it will link to and import. There shouldn't even be the deliniation between importing and linking.

Relinking files can be a nightmare to the point of ruining a project should the wrong things get moved or renamed. It should not be that complicated. The Avid Media files folder is equally as unecessary and problematic. It files up just like the Adobe cache folder but unlike premiere if deleted with have catasrophic effects on your editing project.

On the subject of effects... the interface is clunky and what you can do with it is limited. The last straw for Avid was when I was editing a music video and spending 2 hours on an effect that I knew I could do in Premiere in under 5 minutes.

The mode switching is also overly complicated. I should be able to make a splice or do colour correction without having to switch 'modes' and have the UI change. It makes the editing experience very disjointed.

Product registration is also overly agressive and not user friendly. There's way too much codes and verifying. I should just be able to login once and get the software without being bothered again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't overcommit to avid. It used to be the industry standard but I don't know how much longer that will be true.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Straightforward editing workflow for traditional broadcast or film applications.

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Media Composer review by <span>Steve K.</span>
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Old as hell but still the most reliable

What do you like best?

Avid is like what I imagine it's like to climb into an old dusty pickup truck to go do some farm work; it may not be pretty, but after all these years it still works great. It allows me to work quickly and efficiently, and I don't have to worry about where my media is going. While it has an insanely steep learning curve, the amount you can do with it is just astounding. You have the ability to organize your footage and manipulate your metadata to however suits you, and it plays nicely with AJA boxes for client playback.

What do you dislike?

Avid has been top dog for so long that it's been allowed to get away with some serious problems. The title tool is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E, and just opening it makes my blood pressure spike. New Blue Titler needs to either replace it as the only title utility, or it needs a serious, ground up overhaul. Color correction likewise feels 15 years old, with no ability to do secondary corrections, power-windows, and very touchy controls. And while AudioSuite is an impressive toolset, the layering of effects is clumsy and needing to render in order to hear what you're doing is very cumbersome. And while fairly sturdy, it still crashes for seemingly no reason a frustrating amount.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It takes time - a lot of time - to learn Avid. But once you know it, it's well worth the effort.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Media Composer is, as far as I'm concerned, the only way to edit.

What Video Editing solution do you use?

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Media Composer review by <span>Mary K.</span>
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Avid Media Composer is for the serious editor

What do you like best?

Avid is the longstanding giant in the industry, and for good reason. Its project management capabilities are unparalleled, allowing for easy moving/reloading of projects. Project sharing is also very easy and rock solid within the Avid shared storage environment. The software does not slow down upon lengthy use or with very large projects. Avid was created specifically for editors, not as an add-on to an existing product line.

What do you dislike?

Things such as the title tool and effects badly need modernization badly. Inability to nest timelines. Software bugs that pop up require lengthy workarounds.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Avid is a tool for the storytelling editor. The learning curve is steep, but that in the end proves to be a benefit to increase editing speed and simplify project and media management. The ability to have different users work in the same project at the same time is critical for a small production operation.

Media Composer review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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Avid, although old school, is the best non linear editing software.

What do you like best?

Being an Avid editor makes you a better editor. To work in Avid you need to be precise with what edits you want to make and where. I find that versus Premiere or formerly Final Cut 7, the dragging and dropping in the timeline can sometimes lead to happy accidents, but normally just makes editing clunkier.

What do you dislike?

Avid has very confusing error messages. Versus something like Premiere that tells you exactly what your problem is, Avid will raise an error such as "SYS -5000" and you just need to know from experience or web searches what this means and how to fix it. I also dislike some of the effects, and find them to be somewhat user unfriendly. The effects are also named strangely, and I find it weird that opacity is called "foreground," for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch tutorials for the best way to 3 point edit, and how to use their effects. The effects are not intuitive and require training whether you are learning from someone else are watching tutorials on Youtube.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our entire business relies on Avid. We are commercial editors, so we craft stories out of sometimes 30+ hours of footage into either short 15 second commercials to sometimes longer form web videos of 5 minutes or more. Being knowledgeable in Avid is crucial to working in the film editing industry. Being an assistant, I work one on one with my editor constantly. The seamless project sharing/bin lock system is vital to our workflow and allows me to stay on top of what my editor is doing.

Media Composer review by User in Broadcast Media
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Everything you need, and maybe more than you need

What do you like best?

Avid is designed for advanced editing, so it has tons of features other video editing software might not have. It's a little complicated to learn but offers you a lot of options once you get it,.

What do you dislike?

I almost feel it has too many features. For example, in Edius, audio and visual are locked together in any given clip, though you can separate them through an additional step. Avid does not automatically link a clip's audio/visual. But 99 percent of the time I want my audio/visual to match up, so I don't need this option to be automatic. It just takes more time for me to click the "link" button for every single clip.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Avid's support team is great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My main output is video, and I create media for broadcast and internet with Media Composer.

Media Composer review by <span>Adam Q.</span>
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Best video editing software I've ever used

What do you like best?

The entire interface is easy to get used to and is just as easily customized to your preference. I haven't worked with an editing software that works nearly as fast as AVID does. It's so well known in the industry as the standard software, and it shows when you use it.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the text tool that is embedded within the program. It's easier to create texts that you need outside of AVID and then import and add them in separately.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had interns that would edit videos for us on a weekly basis and this was a great platform for them to learn on. It was easily taught - in point, out point, "b" - and customized if they had experience with other softwares.

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