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 with a detailed description of your problem.


The first thing you need to do is create an account on Avid’s website, here:

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:


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)


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


3. Locate Media Composer Ultimate and click Install


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 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