Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer (or simply Avid) is a film and video editing software application. This non-linear editing system (NLE) is the flagship product of Avid Technology. It was released in 1989 on the Macintosh II as an offline editing system. Since that time, the application features have increased to allow for film editing, uncompressed standard definition (SD) video and high definition (HD) editing and finishing. Since the early 1990s, Media Composer has been the dominant non-linear editing system in the film and television industry, first on Mac and then also on Windows. The Avid Newscutter, aimed at newsrooms, Avid Symphony, aimed at finishing, are all Avid products that were derived from Media Composer and share similar interfacing, as were Avid Xpress Pro (discontinued in 2008) and its predecessor Avid Xpress DV, which were aimed at the lower end of the market.

How to import and play videos and convert videos using export feature in Avid Media Composer.

Double click on the video to make the video full screen.

Avid Media Composer File Format Compatibility

You can import and work with the following video, audio, and still-image formats in Avid media composor using AMA-link feature. Click on the boxes on the right to see if the video, audio, image or container format is compatible with Avid Media Composer. All of these file format compatibilities works with the latest version of Avid Media Composer

  • Apple Animation codec

  • Apple Intermediate codec

  • Apple ProRes (all versions)

  • AVC-Intra

  • AVC-LongG

  • AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM)

  • DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50)


  • H.264

  • HDV

  • iFrame

  • Motion JPEG (OpenDML only)

  • MPEG IMX (D-10)


  • Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2

  • Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2

  • XAVC (including XAVC-S)


  • QuickTime formats

  • AAC

  • AIFF

  • BWF

  • CAF

  • MP3

  • MP4

  • WAV

  • BMP

  • GIF

  • JPEG

  • PNG

  • PSD (static and layered)

  • RAW

  • TGA

  • TIFF

  • 3GP

  • AVI

  • MOV(QuickTime)

  • MP4

  • MTS/M2TS

  • MXF

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