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Avid Media Composer Supported Video Formats

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As the most proven video editing software in the industry, Avid Media Composer has been trusted by professional editors in every segment of movie making, television, broadcast, and streaming media. Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res and HD workflows. While like other editing tools as FCP, iMovie/FCE, etc, it cannot supported all the videos, so in this way, the article below can tell you more details on the best video formats for Avid Media Composer.


Additional new features of Avid Media Composer:

  • Edit 4K and other high-res media natively
  • Work with Avid Resolution Independence
  • Get greater beauty without the bandwidth
  • Use the tools the pros use starting at just $49.99/month

Main Supported Video Formats for Avid Media Composer:

There are many codecs and container options out there. Just when you think you have a handle on things, a new codec is announced. It’s a way of life, which is unlikely to be ‘corrected’ soon.


This is Avid’s baby. All kinds of DNxHD are supported natively via either of the import methods mentioned above.


H.264 is the ubiquitous codec, and it looks like it will stay for quite some time. Avid Media Composer supports H.264 natively, via AMA as mentioned above.


Like H.264, Avid Media Composer supports MPEG-4 natively, via AMA as mentioned above. The Quicktime plug-ins are installed by default.

Several main Avid Media Composer are listed above, may be the DNxHD can be the best codec which is the most native one for Avid. However, someone there will be confused: How could we import those incompatible videos to Avid for editing? Such as the XDCAM, XAVC, ProRes codec, etc. Fortunately, you won’t worry about that, for seeking the best codec for Avid, we here can strongly introduce you the Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac, which has the strong ability of converting all different videos for editing in various NLEs.

As soon as you download and open the program successfully, we can load our original files in with both ‘Add video’ and ‘Add from folder’ buttons. Then we come to the next top point, choosing the right output items. On the output list, drop down it and you will see the ’Avid Media Composer’>>’DNxHD MOV’ on the list, that’s the best one for Avid as we mentioned above.


Finally, why not go to the ‘Settings’ or ‘Edit’ interface to take a look? Then go back to the main interface and tap the ‘Convert’ button, you can get the output result soon. After transferring the files into Avid Media Composer, we are glad to tell it’s time to edit them for a nice playback.