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There are many benefits to having a license for Avid Media Composer and Avid Pro Tools. With a license, you can use these professional and robust video and audio editing tools to create stunning films, music videos, and more. The primary benefit for buying an Avid Media Composer 8 and Avid Pro Tools 12 licensing is being able to use the latest version whenever and wherever you want.

Avid announced the addition of a subscription-based licensing service for Avid Media Composer 8 and Avid Pro Tools 12 as an alternative to the perpetual license option. With either of these licensing options, you’ll be getting access to the industry’s most trusted editorial tools.

Low Up-Front Cost

Many customers can’t afford the initial lump sum cost for a perpetual license to Avid audio & video editing software. A monthly (or annual) subscription option gives customers a lower entry fee to start using professional tools immediately. Subscribing to Avid Media Composer 8 and Avid Pro Tools 12 also gives you access to free upgrades as soon as they’re available at no extra cost.

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Regular Updates and Upgrades

With a subscription license to Avid Pro Tools or Media Composer, your team can receive new feature upgrades and updates at no cost for as long as you keep renewing your license. Purchasing a perpetual license will give you one-year of updates with the option to renew the subscription once these expire. Compared to traditional perpetual license releases, you’d have to wait and pay for updates and upgrades during major software releases which come every few years.


For larger scale media enterprises, Avid offers floating license options. Essentially, you’d purchase “packs” or shared licenses to distribute as you please across your organization. You can have multiple editors using the software simultaneously and can scale as you grow. If you need to give more users access to Avid Media Composer 8 or Avid Pro Tools 12, you can simply buy additional packs (20 or 50-pack options). Smaller packs may be available in the future.

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Unlimited Support

Having a license for Avid Media Composer & Pro Tools gives you unlimited web or email support as long as you renew your plan. A license will also give you one troubleshooting phone call per month or more if you upgrade to Elite Support.

There are many benefits to having a license for Avid’s editorial software, all of which gives your business needs the latest version of their software. Upgrades are available as soon as they’re available. Your company is able to purchase professional-grade editing tools on a month-by-month basis if you’re looking for a lower barrier of entry to Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools. Get instant access to the latest version of Media Composer and Pro Tools now by contacting one of MelroseINC’s helpful staff.