But hold on, hasn't Avid been down this path before? Over 10 years ago, the then popular, Avid Xpress DV software was released in a cut down form known as Avid Free DV but it was SO limited and badly documented that it failed to engage with its target audience. But people, both within Avid and outside, will have forgotten that (?) and the ones’ who remembered it should have learnt from their mistakes. Cue Media Composer |First.
Getting the software
|You'll need an internet to use Media Composer First|
|Under its skin its a real Media Composer!|
|Averts and How To Guides are now part of the Project Window|
|Anyone can see its a real Media Composer interface|
Whats the difference?
|5 bins - that is all|
|Limited Settings make it easy to learn at least|
The timeline is also limited to 4 video tracks and 8 audio tracks, which for most target users will be more than enough.
Once you've finished your edit the export process (called Publish to) is limited to a Quicktime movie in either H.264 or DNxHD. but the export options are limited to Best, Fastest and Better with best giving the best quality but offering no controls over the exports data-rate or is frame size, this is locked to the projects frame size.
|Export is now Publish, with limited options|
You can also Publish directly to YouTube and Vimeo too. Stills can also be exported but only as PNG and JPEG and Audio also exported separately as 24bit 48KHz wav files.
Let's also not forget forget that you can also run the 'full fat' Media Composer in it's entirety for a 30 day trail if you need more functionality, but once you're trail is over you may well be little stuck!