Updated 5-Jan-2017

6.5.5 – 10.5.5


Media Composer 6.5

NewsCutter 10.5

Symphony 6.5

All documentation for 6.5 and 10.5

Link to MC 6.5 docs

Readme 6.5.5
Patch Notes for
What’s New in 6.5
Install Guide – User Guide
Effects & Color Guide
FlexNet Device Mgr Guide

Link to NC 10.5 docs

Readme 10.5.5
Patch Notes for
What’s New in 10.5
Install Guide – User Guide
Effects & Color Guide
FlexNet Device Mgr Guide

Link to SY 6.5 docs

Readme 6.5.5
Patch Notes for
What’s New in 6.5
Install Guide – User Guide
Effects & Color Guide
FlexNet Device Mgr Guide

Download 6.5.4/10.5.4
From the download center


Mixed Important
Media Composer 6.5 Links

Marianna’s link with answers and getting started fast section
Here you will find answers to most of your questions regarding the new release!

AMA – Blazing fast media workflow

AMA plugins must be installed manually:

Download linksVersion matrix

AMA Master Guide PDF – Complete Documentation of the AMA workflow

Nitris DX

MC Nitris DX brochure

NC Nitris DX brochure

Sym Nitris DX brochure

Mojo DX

MC Mojo DX brochure

NC Mojo DX brochure

Avid Open I/O FAQ

V6.5 and v10.5 supports a range of new video hardware – Link

Open I/O FAQ & limitations link

[AJA] [Blackmagic Design] [Bluefish 444] [Matrox] [MOTU]

Qualified PC & Mac hardware!

Link with list of Qualified Mac and PC computers for v6 and v10

The very important Version Matrix

Don’t forget to verify with the PDF here: Link to KB

Mac OS X version Compatibility, Nvidia Drivers, QuickTime versions

Mac & Windows 7 64-bit only support

MC = Lion 10.7.4 – 10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8.2 – 10.8.4Mav 10.9.2
MC = Lion 10.7.4 – 10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8.2 – 10.8.4Mav 10.9.2
MC = Lion 10.7.4 – 10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8.2 – 10.8.4, (limited Mav 10.9.1)
MC 6.5.4 = Lion 10.7.4 – 10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8.2 – 10.8.4
MC 6.5.3 = Lion 10.7.4 – 10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8.2 – 10.8.3
MC 6.5-6.5.2 = Lion 10.7.1 -10.7.5, Mtn Lion 10.8 – 10.8.2

Slot Configuration & Installation guides for Mac and PC!

For stability, Install your Mac and PC correctly!
Configuration Guidelines and Slot Configurations –
Link to documents

Recommended CPU’s for different
codecs and formats

This list will answer how powerful CPU you need
depending on what codec you are working with – Link to list

Where can I download versions for my Avid Video Product?

Download link for updates: http://esd.avid.com
Trouble accessing download center? More information here
Need to create a new account?
Follow this link

Where do I register my system or upgrades?

If you haven’t already registered from within your Avid Software,
use this link: http://www.avid.com/register

Note! Registration is very important. You might miss out on free upgrades!

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?

Support contract for your Avid product can be purchased. Depending of what level you purchased, it can include phone support, software updates, hardware replacement.

The different levels: Expert/Expert Plus/Elite/Vantage2012 brochure

General Support Link contact information Link (select region from pulldown)

To contact Avid Video – (Select video, then select region)

New licensing in v6 / v10

See this Knowledge Base article regarding the new activation procedure,
upgrading info, licenses, dongles and Academic institutional volume licensing.

NOTE! Using a Media Composer 7.0, Symphony Option, or NewsCutter 11.0
license to activate previous versions. More info here

Licensing with Activation Card

Follow this link to get your license if you have an activation card:


Software Licensing for Academic versions

Purchased an Academic version?
Find out more in The FAQGet License and Check Status

Upgrading Dongles & Dongle Manager

How do I update my dongle using Versioner.avd or FlexVersioner.avd?

Knowledge base link

Active Support Contract and software licensing

How do I upgrade my software license using Versioner.avd or FlexVersioner.avd?

Knowledge base link

EDPrep now for Windows 7

A great one-click tool to optimize your windows system for Avid Editing.


3rd party support matrix

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

Check out this 3rd party version matrix

Avid 3D, Avid DVD, Avid FX, Reel DVD, Boris Continuum, Sapphire AVX, SmartSound Sonic Fire, Sonic DVDit & Sorenson Squeeze.

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

Install on other systems that needs to use the Avid QuickTime codecs.

Latest v2.3.8v2.3.4All Avid Codecs on KBDNxHD Codec Information

(LE codecs are not needed on the Avid Editor systems!)

Mac Only – Download link for Apples Codecs: ProRes, AVC-I, DVCPro. HDV, XDCam..

Avid Storage Calculator

Useful link for calculating storage consumption depending on codec.

Avid Storage Calculator

Editing Guides (The main manual)

MC 6.0 Editing Guide

NC 10.0 Editing Guide

Sym 6.0 Editing Guide

Effects and Color Correction Guides

MC 6.0 and NC 10.0 FX and Color Correction

Supported Project Formats

Link to KB with all supported video/project formats in 6.0 and 10.0

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 (2K+), HD or SD formats. Link to KB

Academic Related links

Avid for Education The main page regarding all Avid products.

Media Composer Academic Q&AAcademic Eligibility FAQ

Get your Avid Software activation code from www.identit-e.com/avid

Avid Community pages

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

Media Composer MacMedia Composer PCBroadcast NewsRoomSymphony

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