Avid Media Composer | First

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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.


Use the same tools the pros use

At the core, Media Composer | First provides the same editing tools your favorite filmmakers, editors, and directors rely on daily. That’s why more than any other video editing tool, learning Media Composer | First can open the door to a career in media and entertainment.


Gain the cutting edge

Hollywood. TV. Film festivals. The Internet. If you’re an aspiring storyteller looking to make a name for yourself, creating great content and getting it seen can be a challenge. Media Composer | First empowers you with the right tools and advantage you need to succeed.


Get the support of the industry

As a member of the Avid family, you have access to an invaluable community of professional editors who routinely share expert-level editing tips, tricks, and industry insight to help you on your journey. And help and advice is always available in our community forums.


Pain points


Customer needs

Avid’s unique position

Aspiring editor, Aspiring filmmaker, Internet personality, Video enthusiast, Media student, Independent pro using non-Avid editing software


Video editing software can be hard to figure out and use for first-timers, making the video editing experience frustrating.


Easy-to-use software, with helpful instruction available when needed.


Not only did we simplify Media Composer | First, making it easy to use for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for aspiring pros, we’ve created a whole bunch of tutorial videos that will help you understand the basics of editing and how to use Media Composer | First to create professional-quality videos.


I want to work in the movie, TV, and/or broadcast industry, but I don’t have the funds to buy professional video editing software to start learning.


A way to learn the tools and workflows the media and entertainment industries use with more accessible investment.


Media Composer | First features many of the same tools and workflows that professionals across the media and entertainment industries rely on daily but is completely free to use. Plus, Avid offers a series of companion video tutorials to help get you started. This makes it easy to start learning the basics of Media Composer without any financial commitment.


Professional video editing software is expensive, and cheaper tools don’t always provide the tools needed to create polished, great looking videos.


A budget-friendly way to create professional-quality videos easily.


Media Composer | First is a free version of industry-standard Media Composer, providing many of the same tools used and trusted by top professionals and post-production facilities to create your favorite movies, TV shows, news programs, commercials, and video games. And once you have it, you can expand your Media Composer | First creative palette and capabilities with options, including plug-ins and add-on features available for purchase.


Work with a variety of media
Whether you’ve got a video camera, mobile device, or trove of files strewn across multiple hard drives, Media Composer | First makes it easy to turn raw footage into fully polished stories. Directly access and edit file-based video, audio, and graphics files in the size and resolution you want. Or work with 4K video in your HD or SD timeline using FrameFlex. Plus, with up to five bins available to sort media, you can keep things organized and ready for use.


Edit video with ease

With its simple-to-use tools, you can focus on creating and telling a great story—not on the software. Quickly browse, preview, and select clips, and assemble a rough cut fast using the Source Browser. Unleash your creative ideas across four video tracks and eight audio tracks. And edit at the speed of your imagination with a powerful yet streamlined interface that offers onscreen guidance to make professional-level editing accessible to everyone.


Fix what’s funky

Shaky camera footage. Bad lighting. Misaligned shots. Less than stellar dialog. No need to throw a reality TV-level tantrum. Media Composer | First helps you fix things in a flash. From tools that help you stabilize camera shake and enhance exposure, to features that enable you to reframe shots and punch in new dialog where needed, you have everything you need to right what’s wrong.


Get advanced tools

Media Composer | First goes where other free editing applications leave off, providing many features professionals depend on. Experience the speed and efficiency pros do, without the cost. Gain advanced workflows, including multicam editing, audio ducking, and the ability to reframe high-res sources. And never lose sight of your clips, metadata, and other material with reliable media management keeping track of everything, protecting your ass(ets).


Bring your imagination to life

Want to achieve a cinematic look, create special effects, set the mood through color, or give yourself credit where credit is due? Media Composer | First has you covered. Add stunning visual effects and transitions. Speed up or slow down video. Correct color—or skew it for artistic expression—with color templates and effects. And make your name known using the title tool and templates.


Make your picture sound as good as it looks

Media Composer | First is more than just a video editor. It contains a virtual recording studio to help you create professional-quality soundtracks. Edit and mix dialog, music, and sound effects to bring words, emotion, and ground-shaking intensity to your picture. Record narration and voiceovers with audio punch-in. And breathe new life into mixes using a variety of included audio effects.


Share your work with the world

Once your video is ready for primetime, Media Composer | First makes it easy to showcase your talent, gain more opportunities for your content to be seen, and get recognition for your work. With easy publishing, you can upload video directly to social media platforms, including YouTube and Vimeo, for mass consumption.


Expand your creative palette

Add more weaponry to your editing arsenal—without emptying your wallet. Browse and shop the in-app Avid Marketplace for affordable video effects, audio plug-ins, software add-ons, stock footage, music, and more. No shirt, shoes, or pants required. It’s the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to enhance your stories and take your editing skills to the next level.



Take your storytelling further

Media Composer | First is completely free to use and provides a core set of tools and features that will satisfy those new to video editing and casual users. Once you’re ready to take on more complex projects, connect to advanced I/O devices, or collaborate with others professionally in a MediaCentral environment, you can easily subscribe or upgrade to Media Composer directly in the app.


Pro Tools | First

Pro Tools

Pro Tools | HD

Ideal for...

Singers, songwriters, and musicians who are new to audio recording or Pro Tools

Pros who need an advanced set of tools to create music or sound for picture

Audio and post pros who need maximum track counts, performance, and surround sound


Available for free for anyone to download and use

Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase and own, or get a subscription bundled with Pro Tools | Duet, Quartet, or Eleven Rack

Subscribe annually, purchase and own, or get it bundled with a Pro Tools | HDX or HD Native core system


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