Avid Media Composer

Avid Company LogoAvid are a world leader in desktop NLE video editing technology. Their Media Composer® product line is an industry standard solution for anyone looking for professional-quality editing and creative tools in a PC based NLE system. It's fully compatible with Avid's high end systems including  Symphony and NewsCutter. Powerful video and audio editing toolsets, professional  titling and graphics, extensive import and export capabilities, more than 100 real-time effects and multiple simultaneous streams make Avid Media Composer® the performance choice in editing software for DV upwards.


Avid Media Composer 6
Avid Media Composer 6

Avid Media Composer goes 64-bit in version 6

Media Composer 6 is now a native 64-bit application, meaning it can use all the memory that your system has installed when running under Windows 7 Pro 64, or Mac OS X Lion 64. Experience smoother playback, faster rendering performance, better handling with large bins and say goodbye to the old memory limitations of the 32-bit operating systems.

New hardware I/O options

Media Composer 6 is now fully open to hardware developers thanks to Avid Open I/O, so you can work with your choice of audio and video interfaces, either from Avid or from third-party manufacturers including AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU. Manufacturers can now create plug-ins using Avid Open I/O to have their hardware work with Media Composer, meaning there may yet be more choices to come.

Whilst stocks are available, there are some special bundle offers on Avid MC6 and Matrox MXO2 Max I/O units - see below

What's new in Media Composer 6

Features added in v6
  • Get full native ProRes support on Mac (encode and decode) and Windows (decode only) for easy integration into any ProRes workflow
  • Manage and edit stereoscopic 3D projects with a comprehensive set of editorial tools and workflows
  • Create 5.1 and 7.1 surround mixes directly within Media Composer, or import from Pro Tools (watch the video)
  • Work more creatively with audio with new mixer features and support for additional Pro Tools hardware
  • Get better performance and speed to handle complex editing, now that Media Composer is a 64-bit app (Still need 32-bit? Learn more about Media Composer 5.5)
  • Work with the Avid or third-party hardware you want—with Avid Open I/O, third-party manufacturers can now make their I/O hardware work with Media Composer
  • Work more easily and efficiently—but not differently—with the sleek and sexy new user interface (watch the video)
  • Get direct access to user guides and documentation from within the interface

  • Take hands-on control of all colour correction and grading functions with Artist Color (watch the video)
  • Instantly access, screen, and edit AVCHD clips and RED EPIC footage through AMA
  • Accelerate your RGB 4:4:4 workflow with Avid DNxHD 444, which delivers exceptional image quality in a low bandwidth format
  • Access additional ancillary data when working with XDCAM HD material
  • Work more easily with animated effects with many keyframe editor improvements 
  • Get Avid FX (Boris RED), Avid DVD, and Sorenson Squeeze in all versions of the software
  • Manage multiple licenses more easily with unified licensing
  • Conveniently purchase stock footage, plug-ins, and more through the Avid Marketplace (watch the video)

Avid Media Composer 6

ProTools 9 - What's new?


Work the way users want - Get the flexibility of using Pro Tools 9 with a favourite Avid audio interface or third-party Core Audio or ASIO-compatible interface - or use Pro Tools 9 completely standalone for easy on-the-go creation.

Avid ProTools 9 screenshotCreate bigger, better mixes - Develop larger, more complex projects, with up to 96 or 192* simultaneous audio tracks, 128 instrument tracks, 512 MIDI tracks, 256 internal busses, and 160 aux tracks.

Be more creative with coveted professional tools - Work efficiently and get the best sonic results with Automatic Delay Compensation, multi-track Beat Detective, full Import Session Data dialogue, DigiBase Pro, and other separately priced add-ons - now standard.

Collaborate with others more easily - Team up with other creators, editors and mixers easily, exchanging projects created in other audio and video software with Pro Tools and vice-versa with built-in OMF/AAF/MXF file interchange support.

Pro Tools 9 software redefines the world’s most popular, most advanced music and audio production platform with a completely re-architected, open version of Pro Tools software that delivers a host of new features, including the ability to run standalone, on third-party audio interfaces, or on Avid hardware.

Pro Tools 9 now includes an enhanced feature set including Automatic Delay Compensation, a higher track-count support, EUCON support, and other pro features included as standard. Users can even open their workflow to projects created in other audio and video software - and to the entire Avid Artist Series and Pro Series (formerly Euphonix) console/ controller line.

Other NLE software & systems from ZEN

Adobe CS5.5 - PremierePro/Matrox RTX  - AxioLE
Note - all prices quoted on this site are UK pounds - ex VAT & delivery
-  2.5% surcharge on Credit & Company Debit Card payments
Avid Media Composer v6.5 (s/w licencing) reduced price prior to v7 - includes free upgrade 710.00
Avid Media Composer v6.5 Dongle version reduced price prior to v7 - includes free upgrade 930.00
Avid Media Composer Expert Support 380.00
Avid Media Composer Expert Plus Support 690.00
Avid Media Composer Elite Support 890.00
Avid ProTools 11 audio editing software 440.00
Script Sync option for MC v6 690.00
Phrase Find option for MC v6 350.00
Script Sync & Phrase Find option bundle for MC v6 920.00
Upgrade Avid Media Composer v6.0 to v6.5 (inc docs & 3rd party apps) 215.00
Avid Media Composer v6.5 upgrade for Xpress DV/Pro HD & pre-v6.0 Media Composer 280.00
Avid Mojo SDI for MC & XpressPro (v5.5+), Digital Accelerator with SDI & digital audio ask
Avid-ready HP Z400 workstation, W3550 CPU, 6GB RAM, 5000GB+1TB HD, DVD-RW, Quadro FX3800 graphics, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit O/S 1,735.00
DV1394 I/O Card (Avid approved 1394 card) & Firewire Cable 40.00
DataVideo Analogue video to DV bi-directional converter box from 170.00
Avid Keyboard - High quality coloured keyboard with Avid shortcuts - PC Version only (used keyboards) 90.00
Printed manuals for Avid Xpress - User's Guide & FX Guide (to special order) each - 17.00
Full range of eSATA/USB2 external drives available - ask for details Various
AVID ACADEMIC PRICING - for academic institutions (official orders)
Media Composer 6.5 Academic 182.00
Media Composer 6.5 Academic with Dongle option 390.00
Media Composer ExpertPlus Academic Support 68.00
Full systems available - please enquire for details Contact info

Summer Holiday closure - Please note:

We will be taking a long overdue holiday towards the end of this month, closing for business at 12 noon on 22nd July and reopening on 2nd August.
Emails will be answered at some point each day during this period, and orders taken (for which we will order extra stock if required), but nothing will be despatched until 2nd Aug. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

What we're about . . .      ZEN is not a traditional Audio-Visual dealer who started selling computers, nor is it a computer shop that also sells video products. You won't get any salesmen giving you the "hard-sell" when you call, just straightforward advice and information - which for some callers is the knowledge that they don't need to buy whatever it is they thought they needed! Above all you'll be dealing with someone with a wide range of experience and knowledge of both PCs and video production. We're not the biggest, nor necessarily the cheapest, but we are one of the longest established computer/video specialists in the UK.

Company history . . .      ZEN was started in the 1980s by Martin Kay, then working for ITV at Granada's Manchester studios, who built his first 6502-based computer in 1979 from an Ohio Scientific kit, bought in the USA whilst working as a Sound Recordist on a film shoot for World In Action. With the advent of the Amiga, which could be gen-locked to a video source, Martin started writing a variety of video-related software. This included subtitling & tele-prompting, ident clocks, scoring software for sports & gameshows, and specialist software to mimic other computer displays for use in TV film dramas like Cracker, Prime Suspect and A Touch of Frost. Martin left Granada in 1993 to concentrate on his computer-video activities with ZEN, following a natural path into non-linear editing systems, for many years the main business activity, although he still maintains an active interest in video production.

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