Understanding Avid Media Composer 8
Avid Media Composer 8.1 was recently released, which has brought with it a bevy of new improvements, which you can find out all about in this post. But if you are on an older version of Avid and still haven’t moved to one of Avid’s new licensing options to get the upgrade, is now the time to do so? These questions will be answered too.
But before we get to all that you should definitely check out the latest Avid Rough Cut with Alan Bell A.C.E. on editing the VFX heavy The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Avid. (Though you will have to hand over your contact details for the privilege.)
Should I Buy Avid Media Composer 8 Subscription?
— Juan Salvo (@j_salvo) May 16, 2014
When Avid announced Media Composer version 8, it was also the start of a new era in how you can actually buy the software. Like Adobe before them, Avid have moved to a subscription model which starts at $49.99/month for an annual contract or $74.99 for a monthly rolling contract. Whether you should sign up to Avid’s new subscription model depends on a few factors.
If you already own Media Composer 6.5 or 7 and you want to keep getting the updates that will arrive in 2015, then you will want to wait to pay for the $299/year support contract till sometime in late December, that way your 1 year support contract clock will start at the last possible moment, but you do need to do it before the end of 2014!
If you don’t already own any version of Media Composer the annual subscription is the cheapest way to purchase the software at $599/year. If you buy Media Composer as a perpetual license it will be $1299 + $299 for every year you want to keep it up to date.
So after 3 years the price difference is only $98 with $1799 (3x annual subscription) Vs $1897 (perpetual+ 2 years of support). Oliver Peters’ has an excellent breakdown of the different options and scenarios which is well worth a read.
Let’s say you bought Media Composer with the Symphony option – $1299 + $749. Hypothetically, by the end of the first year, Media Composer | Software has moved up to v8.5 and then you decide not to renew. From that point on, your version is “frozen” and cannot be upgraded. A year later, Media Composer | Software v10 comes out with enough compelling features to get you back on board. You cannot renew your v8.5 software license to upgrade, but instead have to purchase the current version Media Composer and Symphony again. Now you have two licenses: MC v8.5 and MC v10. Both work, but the older one is not upgradeable while the newer one is, as long as you renew its support contract after the end of the first year from the time of purchase.
If you want to rummage through Avid’s FAQ on Media Composer 8 and the new licensing options jump here. You can even download a pdf of the different licensing options and their price comparisons. Below is a playlist of 20 How-To tutorials on all things related to the new options. Click through for the new features in MC 8.1, tutorials and much more!