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Avid Unveils Free Version of Media Composer

4/24/2017 1:45 PM Eastern

Avid has announced the upcoming availability of Avid Media Composer | First, a free version of their signature video editing system. Media Composer | First is a brand new, fully featured video editing solution that provides aspiring creative professionals, students, and those just starting their professional careers with free access to the same creative tools as the pros. And because it’s powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, “First” users can also easily connect and collaborate with other aspiring creative and media professionals through the Avid Artist Community

“It can be really difficult for up-and-coming filmmakers, television program creators and digital media producers to get access to the right tools to tell their stories in a compelling way. Consumer applications are fun to play with but will only take you so far,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “With Media Composer | First, we’re giving any aspiring creative pros access to the same tools used by top industry professionals—for free! And with access to the Avid Artist Community, First users can connect with other aspiring creatives and media professionals, collaborate and get their work out there for others to see.”

Media Composer | First provides users with a comprehensive yet simple-to-use editing toolset with many of the same features and functionality that award-winning Media Composer editors rely on, in a new powerful, streamlined interface. With four video tracks, eight audio tracks, and a host of built-in visual effects, transitions, color correction presets and titling templates, users can quickly cut together layers of video, dialog, music and sound effects to produce captivating, professional-quality video content. Media Composer | First also allows easy sharing, with one-click publishing to popular social media channels including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. 

“I’ve worked with other tools, but Avid’s model is the most efficient by far,” said Emmy Award-winning editor, Stuart Bass, ACE (The Office, Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies). “Learning Avid’s industry-standard tools has been essential in making me the successful editor that I am today.” 

Avid’s vibrant Artist Community, an online community designed to foster creative connections and professional opportunities, together with Media Composer | First and Pro Tools | First, enables emerging creative and media talent to more easily connect, fostering creative and professional growth and opportunities. 

Avid Media Composer | First will be available in June 2017 as a free software download through the Avid website. Avid is currently showcasing Media Composer | First at the Avid booth at NAB Show (Booth #SU902).

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