Beginning its Avid Everywhere initiative, Avid has announced a new cloud-based subscription model for its Media Composer editing software.
Avid’s customers can now elect to deploy and use Media Composer on premise or in the cloud via subscription. The software is comprised of Avid’s creative tools, including video editing, graphics creation, music creation, music notation, audio post and live sound solutions.
The licensing provides new monthly and annual Media Composer subscription options and lowers the cost of entry for users, allowing access to the latest toolset, support and upgrades starting at $49.99 a month.
Alternatively, the software can be licensed on a perpetual basis and receive one year of Avid support and upgrades, with additional upgrades available thereafter through an annual support plan renewal. Media Composer/Symphony Option is included with a monthly or annual subscription.
The floating licensing enables large-scale broadcast groups or networks, post-production houses and educational institutions to purchase a “pack” of shared Media Composer licenses to deploy company-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 Macintosh or Windows-based computer, enabling multiple editors to use Media Composer on any number of workstations up to the number of licenses purchased when licenses are available (not actively in use).
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.
As part of Avid’s commitment to offering customers more choice in how they deploy their solutions, 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, thereby keeping production moving forward, regardless of proximity challenges.
The Media Composer subscription starts at $49.99 a month. Perpetual licenses start at $1,299. Floating licenses start at $1,799 per seat. All versions include software upgrades and support. Upgrades and support after the first year require the annual support contract of $299.