Installing and Licensing Avid Media Composer on a personal Computer

Installing and Licensing Avid on a personal computer 

 

If you have any issues at any point in the process, please email kieran_mckeon@emerson.edu with a detailed description of your problem.

 

The first thing you need to do is create an account on Avid’s website, here: https://my.avid.com/account

Now that you've created your Avid account, here are your next steps. 

Downloading and Installing Avid Media Composer

We need to download TWO pieces of software - Avid Media Composer and Avid Link, which is used to license Avid brand software.

 

Download Avid Link here: https://www.avid.com/products/avid-link

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Open the downloaded file and follow the steps to install Avid Link

 

Then, to download Avid Media Composer:

1. Open Avid Link (Under Applications/Avid/Avid Link, or just search for it using the magnifying glass)

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2. On the left side of the Avid Link window, click "Products" 

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3. Locate Media Composer Ultimate and click Install

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Official Avid tutorial video: Download Avid Media Composer Installers

 


Please note: If you do not see Avid Media Composer under “My Products” this means that Avid has not finished allocating new licenses. Please contact kieran_mckeon@emerson.edu if you do not see an Avid license after Wednesday March 25th

 

Licensing Avid Media Composer

 

After downloading BOTH Avid Media Composer and Avid Link:

  1. Launch the Avid Link App
  2. From the left-side panel select "Products" 
  3. Open the drop-down menu and select "LicenseScreen_Shot_2020-03-24_at_10.16.53_AM.png
  4. Click the drop-down next to "available" Screen_Shot_2020-03-24_at_10.17.38_AM.png
  5. Click "use License" Screen_Shot_2020-03-24_at_10.17.52_AM.png
  6. You should see the following message: Screen_Shot_2020-03-24_at_10.18.51_AM.png
  7. You're all set! Click "Open" to launch Avid Media Composer.

 

Official Avid tutorial video: How to Activate Media Composer in Avid Link

 

 

Mac OS Catalina Users

 

Please note that Avid Media Composer is only compatible with Catalina using the most recent beta release - version 2020.2
Please see Avid's page for more information about downloading version 2020.2 for Catalina: Avid Knowledge Base - Catalina

 

Temporary Trial

If there is a delay in your license, you can download a free 30-day trail to hold you over until you have your 90-day license. Here is the link: Avid Free Trial