Avid | Media Composer v8.0 - v8.2.14

Updated 18-Nov-2019


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

Documentation for
Media Composer | Software

Readme docs: 8.2.14 pdf8.2.13 pdf8.2.12 pdf8.2.11 pdf8.1 pdf8.0 pdf

What’s New docs: 8.2 pdf8.1 pdf8.0 pdf

What’s new guides: 8.2 news

 Link to all Media Composer 8.x docs

Interplay Compatibility and Patch Documentation

What version of Interplay should you install on Media composer, and what interplay server does it work with?

Editor & Interplay version compatibility
( R = Version to install on Media Composer, S = Supported Server )

The Latest interplay patch documentation

Avid Application Manager

Media Composer | Software uses Application Manager for Apps, Plugins, Licensing and Updates.

Always make sure you are running the latest Application Manager


Note! If you have a subscription license you can only run MC 2018.9 and higher more details here

All licensing and activation is now handled by Avid Application manager
Keep App Manager up to date, no matter what Media Composer version you are running. Download link

For most licensing questions. Check out the FAQ here

If you have an Activation Card or Activation Key, go here to register/login and activate

If you have a dongle and want to upgrade, add Symphony, NewsCutter option go here. Account login required

For FlexNet floating license manager, check out this PDF here, and this video here

AMA Link Plugins extends support various cameras and formats.

Make sure to install updates to your AMA plugins, get the latest ones from here:

Great PDF workflow guides available here and here

Avid Open I/O Info & FAQ

Qualified Hardware
Mac/Windows &
Slot Configuration

Is my OS compatible?
Do I have the correct drivers?

MC 8.2.5 to 8.2.14 Supports Mac OS  10.10.5, 10.9.4, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
MC 8.2.4 Supports Mac OS  10.10.3, 10.9.4, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
MC 8.2.3 Supports Mac OS  10.10.2, 10.9.4, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
MC 8.2.2 Supports Mac OS  10.10.1, 10.9.4, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
MC 8.1 Supports Mac OS  10.9.4, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
MC 8.0 Supports Mac OS 10.9.2, 10.8.5 – Win 8.1, 7
Avid KB here!

This link is really good for checking OS Compatibility

Mixed Important
Media Composer links

Bin compatibility MC 7 -> Older versions see more here

Very useful storage calculator

CPU & RAM requirements for different codecs, formats and workflows

Here’s a link to a guide with information about system requirements depending of what kind of workflows,
codecs, and resolutions you are going to work with.

Where can I download updates for my Avid Video Product?

Easiest way to upgrade is to just use your Avid Application Manager.

From your account page: https://my.avid.com/products
Download Center direct link for updates: https://my.avid.com/esd
Trouble accessing download center? Make sure you have created an account, then access your account to get updates.

For more info about your Master Account: Click Here

If I’m stuck, where is the
Avid Knowledge Base?

Search for keywords that are unique to an error message, or format, or version. I normally search sorted on date.
Here is a direct link to the KB Search for Media Composer Sorted on date.

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

Info about the different support levels: Expert / Expert Plus / Elite and a brochure

Need to call Avid Support? ..and you got Expert Plus, or Elite Support
Contact Avid Broadcast and Video Support

Here is a guide on how to create a support case.

If it’s not a technical issue, but Web-Store support, or Physical Returns, or Digital Returns.
Then you can use This Link

 Use this form if you have problems with your Portal Account or problems accessing support pages.
..and you just need to contact Avid support without the need to login.

Effect plugins for Media Composer

Here is a handy Avid Plug-In Finder page.

NewBlue Titler is included with most Media Composers, and here are the guides on how to use the plugin.

Security Guidelines and Best Practices

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

Link to KB or http://www.avid.com/securityupdate

Avid Quicktime LE codecs

Download link and info about QuickTime Support and Security for Windows

The Avid QuickTime PE Codecs are installed automatically with the editor,
The QuickTime LE codecs should not be installed on the Media Composer.

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 guides

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

Avid Community pages

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

Professional Video Editing ForumsBroadcast NewsRoomAvid Options