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Avid Announces Flexible Licensing Options for Media Composer

May 15, 2014 07:55 | By

LR-AvidAvid has introduced several new licensing options for Media Composer Software. Customers can now chose to use Media Composer on premise or in the cloud, via subscription, floating or perpetual license – to best suit their specific needs at any given time.

The Media Composer family is part of the Avid Artist Suite of content creation applications, which includes video editing, graphics creation, music creation, music notation, audio post and live sound systems, all based on the Avid MediaCentral Platform.

“To maximize quality, creativity and efficiency in today’s demanding media environment, our customers need greater choice and flexibility in how they deploy their solutions,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and technology at Avid. “With these new licensing options, we’re fulfilling the commitment we made with Avid Everywhere to enable our customers, freelance creative professionals and large-scale media enterprises alike, to freely choose how they deploy their creative solutions.”

Customers can now gain access to the latest Media Composer toolset, support and upgrades on a monthly or annual basis, starting at $49.99 a month. Alternatively, they can license the software on a perpetual basis and receive one year of Avid support and upgrades, with additional upgrades available thereafter through annual support plan renewal. Media Composer Symphony Option is included with a monthly or annual subscription.

Media Composer Software floating licensing enables large-scale media enterprises, postproduction houses and educational institutions to purchase a “pack” of shared Media Composer licenses to deploy facility-wide using a single system ID. The floating license server software can be installed on a Windows-based computer at the facility, with the server software accessible from any Mac- or Windows-based computer, enabling multiple editors to use Media Composer. Administrators can also permit users to “check out” licenses for systems. For example, a laptop taken off premises could be enabled with a license with a specific expiration date to coincide with the end of a project.

Media Composer Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere) gives editors the option to connect remotely to access, edit and collaborate with others as if they were on premises. This ability enables editors and assistants to shape stories collaboratively and remotely in the cloud, and enables production companies shooting on location to accelerate dailies tasks and get a head start on editing.

Subscription licensing starts at $49.99/month. Perpetual licenses start at $1,299 and floating licenses start at $1,799 per seat. Media Composer Cloud is currently available starting at $35,000.