• Video Tracks 24
  • Audio Tracks 64
  • Projects Unlimited

Comparison

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Audience and availability

Ideal for...

Aspiring video professionals and beginners Professional editors, movie makers, and journalists
Availability A free download for anyone to use Subscribe monthly or annually, purchase a perpetual license (you own the software), or get it bundled with Avid Artist | DNxIQ
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General

Projects Unlimited Unlimited, with support for Custom Projects
Bins 5 bins per project Unlimited bins
Shared bins and projects
Volume bins
Favorite bins

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX and AAX plug-ins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plug-ins
Transcode Limited +
Consolidate Limited +
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Tracks

Video tracks 4 24
Audio tracks 8 64
Data tracks Not supported Fully supported
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Video and color

Linked file support Full decode
SD, HD, >HD
File, Volume, and third-party export not supported
Full encode and decode
SD, HD, >HD
Video file formats See the latest See the latest
Project formats SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080 SD PAL, SD NTSC, 720, 1080, 2K, UHD, 4K, Custom
Frame rates 23.978p, 24p, 25i, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p
No progressive support for SD rasters
23.978p, 24p, 25i/p, 30i/p, 50i/p, 59.94i/p, 60p
Native compression JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K JFIF, DV, ProRes (encode on Mac only), XDCAM, AVC-I, IMX, DNxHD, DNxHR, XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, J2K
Color spaces 601/709 601/709, RGB 709, S-Log3, SMPTE-2084, DCI-P3, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
Desktop display LUTs Rec. 709 Rec. 709, DCI-P3, sRGB, Rec. 2020, ACES Proxy
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Audio

Audio resolutions 32, 44.1, on-the-fly conversion to 48 kHz; 24-bit 32, 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz; 16- and 24-bit
Audio channels Mono, dual mono, stereo Mono, dual mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround
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Features

Video editing Best-in-class Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Best-in-class
Trim tools
Smart Tools
Create sequence based on selection
Script-based editing
Auto-Sequence
Multicam editing Group Clips
4-Way Split Display
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Group Clips
MultiGroup
4-Way Split Display
9-Way Split Display
MultiCam Editing mode
MultiCam Accelerator keys
Swap Banks
Previous/Next in Group
Group by Audio Waveforms
Video effects Limited core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
Stabilize
Full core set
Source Side Motion Effects
TimeWarp
TimeWarp Fluid Motion
Stabilize
FrameFlex + +
Timecode tool + +
Print Timeline + +
List tool +
Film workflows +
Stereoscopic 3D +
Color Correction CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
CC Effect
Predefined CC Effects
HSL Controls
Hue Offsets
Luma Range
Curves
Color Info
Channels
(Secondary and Relationships available through the Symphony Option)
Audio editing Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Tool
Audio Ducking
Audio Punch-in
Audio Subframe Slip
Audio Grouping
Read Audio Timecode
Audio MultiMix
Change Sample Rate
Audio effects Limited core set Full core set (see details)
Workspaces Custom
Single View
Source/Record Editing
Full Screen Playback
Effects Editing
Color Correction
Audio Editing
Custom
Single View
Source/Record Editing
Full Screen Playback
Effects Editing
Color Correction
Audio Editing
Capture
Titles Classic Title tool Classic Title tool
Marquee tool
NewBlueFX Titler Pro
Background render, transcode, and consolidate +
Settings Limited User settings
Limited Project settings
Full User settings
Multiple Users settings
Site settings
Project settings
Keyboard Mapping Limited (based on available functions) Full

Source/Record color differentiation

On by default Off by default
Snap to Edit On by default Off by default

Auto-launch Effects Editor

On by default Off by default

Video and audio plug-in support

AVX and AAX plug-ins from the Avid Marketplace only All AVX and AAX plug-ins
Avid Marketplace In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade In-app AAX and AVX Marketplace and software upgrade
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Ingest

Source Browser + +
Drag-and-Drop Import + +
Drag-and-Drop Link + +
Photoshop w/Layers + +
Capture +
Dynamic Media Folders +
AAF Import +
EDL Import +
ALE Import +
Shot Log Import +
SCC Import +
Edit While Capture +
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Export

QuickTime (.mov) formats Limited: H.264, DNxHD, PCM, WAV +
Publish to YouTube +
Publish to Vimeo +
Graphic Export Limited: TIFF, JPEG +
AAF Export +
ALE Export +
AFE Export +
Shot Log Export +
SCC Export +
TTML Export +
AMA File Export +
DPX Export +
AS-11 MXF OP1a Export +
DNxHD MXF OP1a Export +
DNxHR MXF OP1a Export +
J2K MXF OP1a Export +
Export to Device +
Send to... +
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Hardware interfaces

Avid Artist | DNxIQ/DNxIO +
Avid and third-party audio interfaces Limited to 2-channel I/O +
Third-party video interface
+
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Control surfaces

Pro Tools | Control +
Pro Tools | Dock +
Artist Control +
Artist Mix +
Artist Color +
Artist Transport
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Avid Solutions Support

Interplay | Production +
Interplay | MAM +
MediaCentral Platform +
MediaCentral | UX +
Avid NEXIS shared bins and projects +
iNEWS +

Minimum system requirements

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Mac

System Avid-qualified Apple computer Avid-qualified Apple computer
OS OS X 10.11, 10.12 OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12
RAM 6 GB minimum, 8 GB or more recommended; 16 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media 8 GB minimum, 16 GB or more recommended; 24 GB or more recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an Interplay environment
Other See the Feature Performance page for more info See the Feature Performance page for more info
Compatibility See the Mac OS Compatibility Grid See the Mac OS Compatibility Grid
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Windows

System Avid-qualified Windows-based computer Avid-qualified Windows-based computer
OS 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1) 64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1)
RAM 6 GB minimum, 8 GB or more recommended; 16 GB or more when working with UHD or high frame rate media 8 GB minimum, 16 GB+ recommended; 24 GB or more recommended when working with UHD, large projects, or in an Interplay environment
Other See the Feature Performance page for more info See the Feature Performance page for more info
Compatibility See the Windows OS Compatibility Grid See the Windows OS Compatibility Grid

* Please note that the information provided above is subject to change without notice.