Media Composer v8.3 – v8.9

Media Composer Soft

Updated 3-Aug-2016

v8.3 – v8.9


Media Composer | Software
Win – Mac
(NewsCutter and Symphony are now options for Media Composer | Software)

All documentation for
Media Composer | Software

Link to all Media Composer 8.x docs

Readme PDF docs: – 8.8 – 8.7.2 – 8.7 – 8.6.5 – 8.6 8.5

What’s New PDF docs: 8.98.8 – 8.7 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.4 – 8.3.1 – 8.3

Quick guides What’s new in: 8.7 –

I can also recommend this fantastic guide for MC 8.6.3

Always install the latest patches!

Read this PDF about Editor & Interplay version compatibility

More info about all available patches

Note! Interplay support with Media Composer 8.4 or higher!

Mixed Important
Media Composer | Software Links

Media Composer | Software FAQ Link

Bin compatibility MC 7 -> Older versions see more here

Very useful storage calculator

Media Composer | Software

Activate with an Activation Card:

To check your licenses Log in to your account to get it

If you got a code or activation card here is how you renew your license

If you don’t see your System ID’s in your account then add it to your account

When I updated my Media Composer the license stopped working,
I have an active support How do I fix this? – Born on date info? Check here

Go to this link to add symphony option, or NewsCutter option to a dongle?

There is also this licensing FAQ here

Avid Application Manager

Media Composer | Software now uses Application Manager for licensing

Always make sure you are running the latest Application Manager

Video: How to use Application Manager


Avid | Artist DNxIQ

Link to everything DNxIQ
(Supported with Media Composer 8.8.3 and higher)

DNxIO – ReadMe & Users Guide DNxIQ – Product page

Get drivers at (Avid Artist | DNxIQ)

Slot configuration guidelines for DNxIQ What slot should I use?

DNxIOAvid | Artist DNxIO

Link to everything DNxIO
(Supported with Media Composer 8.4.1 and higher)

DNxIO – ReadMe & Users Guide DNxIO – Product page

Get drivers at (Avid Artist | DNxIO)

Slot configuration guidelines for DNxIO What slot should I use?

Nitris DX & Mojo DX

Nitris DX brochureMojo DX brochure
Capabilities Link

AMA Linking
Plugin support for
various cameras

Some AMA plugins must be installed manually

There are some great PDF workflow guides available here and here

Avid Open I/O Info & FAQ

Open I/O FAQ & limitations link

Drivers and info
AJA] – [Blackmagic Design] – [Bluefish 444] – [MOTU]

Qualified Hardware
Mac/Windows &
Slot Configuration

System Requirements Link

Avid tested systems:  Qualified Mac And Windows Systems

For stability, Install Mac/Windows properly!
BIOS, System Configuration Guidelines and Slot Configurations Link

Is my OS compatible and do I have the correct drivers?

MC 8.7 Supports Mac OS: 10.12.1, 10.11.6, 10.10.5 – Windows 10, 7
MC 8.6.5 Supports Mac OS: 10.12.1, 10.11.6, 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Windows 10, 7
MC 8.6.2 Supports Mac OS: 10.11.6, 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Windows 10, 7
MC 8.6 Supports Mac OS: 10.11.5, 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Windows 10, 8.1, 7
MC 8.5.3 Supports Mac OS 10.11.4, 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Widows 10, 8.1, 7
MC 8.5 Supports Mac OS 10.11.4, 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Windows 10, 8.1, 7
MC 8.4.1 Supports Mac OS 10.10.5, 10.9.5 – Win 8.1, Win 7
Avid KB here!

This link is really good for checking OS Compatibility

Recommended CPU’s and RAM for different
codecs, formats and workflow

Guide to system requirements depending of what kind of workflows,
codecs, and resolutions you are working with:
Here’s a link to the guide

Where can I download versions for my Avid Video Product?

Download Center direct link for updates:
Trouble accessing download center? More information here
Need to create a new account?
Follow this link

If I get stuck, where is the
Knowledge Base?
Try the new Google powered knowledge base!

What level of support can I get for my Avid product?

The different levels: Expert/Expert Plus/Elitebrochure

In depth PDF guide of everything support – The Avid Advantage

Need to contact Avid Support?
Contact Avid Video (for technical support)
Check this guide on how to make a good case.

I need to contact someone regarding my online order:
Link to web-store support, physical/digital return

 Use this form if you have problems with your portal account, licensing issues, registration issues, or if you just need to contact Avid support without logging in

3rd party support matrix

What plug-in/3rd party versions are compatible with my Avid version?

Avid Plug-In Finder

Install & Usage guides for NewBlue Titler 2 & 2.5

Security Guidelines and Best Practices

What antivirus software is qualified? How should it be configured?

Link to KB or

Supported Devices for Avid Editing Applications

Qualification list of I/O devices

(HDV/DV cameras, decks and transcoders)

Avid Quicktime LE codecs

Note about QuickTime Support and Security for Windows

The Avid QuickTime PE Codecs are installed with the editor, and you do not need the LE codecs on the editor.

If you need to play QuickTime files encoded with Avid Codecs, on a  system that doesn’t have Media Composer installed then get:
Latest v2.7.3 with DNxHRDNxHD Codec Information

High-Resolution workflow guide

Using the original high-res media, you can then finish as file-based for the mastering and delivery requirements to film, UHD, 4K, 2K, HD or SD formats. Link to pdf another excellent guide here

Academic Related links

Avid for Education The main page regarding all Avid products.

Who can purchase and EDU License? Link

Media Composer Academic Q&AAcademic Eligibility FAQ

After purchase of EDU license, get your Avid Software activation code from

Avid Community pages

Talk to fellow Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony users on the
Avid Community Forums:

Media Composer MacMedia Composer WinBroadcast NewsRoomSymphony

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