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Discover the latest features in Media Composer | First—free movie editing software for aspiring editors and moviemakers.

June 2019

Experience more inspired storytelling

Find your creative flow with a modern new interface and task-based workspaces that make organizing media and video editing more fluid and intuitive. Media Composer’s responsive smart panel design helps boost your creative flow while clearing the clutter, so you can spend more time focusing on what matters most—your story.

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Modern interface in Media Composer video editor software
Edit easily with new and improved tools

From better bin handling and project access, to countless timesaving features, there’s a lot more to love about the latest version of our free movie editing software. Plus, with input from customers and other video editors, we’ve added many of your top requests and made tons of improvements.

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Work faster—the way you want

Freely resize and rearrange Media Composer interface panels to suit your editing preferences. Display and arrange the tools you want—hide what you don’t—enabling you to work more instinctively. Without the interface getting in the way.

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December 2018

Create more captivating titles

With the all-new titling tool, it’s now easier to create everything from simple titles, to eye-catching words of art that’ll draw viewers in to reading. Simply click the new titling tool icon (T+) and start typing directly in the record monitor. Because titles now act as effects (no media is created) and are resolution independent, they can be applied to any clip or track and saved as templates to a bin for easy drag-and-drop reuse.

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Gain flexibility and speed with grouped clips
You can now work with clip groups in more ways to accelerate editing tasks. Group clips with mixed frame rates. Create groups directly from sequences. Edit any group by dropping it into the record monitor. Convert sequences to different frame rates without flattening groups. Update edits already made across other groups by selecting Refresh Groups. And more.
Get peace of mind—without the wait
Forget about waiting for bins to save. In response to our ACA members’ #1 feature request, Media Composer now automatically saves bins in the background, so you can keep editing without interruption. Maximize your creative time while eliminating the risk of losing your hard work and important data.

September 2018

Work in full detail without the bottlenecks
When doing color and effects work, you want as much image depth, detail, and color precision as possible for the best results. Media Composer now supports uncompressed DNxHR and DNxHD video resolutions with the new Avid DNxUncompressed codec. This new 32-bit format can be used for import, transcode, mixdown, and render, enabling you to work with camera originals and apply and render color corrections and VFX while maintaining the full bit depth of the media.
Do more on the fly

You can now perform even more tasks in the timeline as clips continue to play, without interrupting playback. Solo and mute audio in any track. Adjust gain levels of any selected clip. Add timeline markers with the press of an Add Marker button in the interface or a mapped keyboard key. And control how you want the Edit Marker window to display.

July 2018

Make changes on the fly

No need to stop and restart video playback to perform certain actions. Media Composer now enables you to access menus, reveal tool tips and highlights, switch applications, zoom in and out of the timeline, add and remove bins, expand and collapse folder views, add and adjust columns, and do much more—all without disrupting playback. With more capabilities coming soon.

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Edit more easily

Media Composer includes several new enhancements and improvements that put more flow into your workflow. Freely resize your Composer window to any dimension and aspect ratio that suits your needs. Show and hide fields and groups to streamline your view. And more.