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Avid Technology is pursuing an aggressive end of year pricing strategy, incentivizing editors to switch from Media Composer Perpetual license over to Media Composer subscription. What does this mean for Media Composer editors? Is it worth trading in Perpetual for Subscription? The answer may surprise you.
Key Code Media analyzed the cost of each option- Media Composer | First, Media Composer, and Media Composer | Ultimate. Below are the results of that analysis. For Media Composer users with Avid storage, the break-even to switch from Perpetual to Subscription is five years. Read on for more details.
The Flavors of Avid Media Composer
MEDIA COMPOSER | FIRST – The Free version. This is a lite version of Media Composer, targeted for aspiring Avid editors and beginners. Unfortunately, with only 5 bins, 4 tracks of video, and 8 tracks of audio, there is not enough features in this version for true professional editing. Media Composer | First also does not work with Avid shared storage. Media Composer | First: $0
MEDIA COMPOSER – For the Professional. Get a 1-year subscription and pay monthly or in full; a Media Composer perpetual license is also available for those who prefer to own the software.
MEDIA COMPOSER (Subscription) – Media Composer Subscription is yearly subscription at $199 per year. Scriptsync, Phrasefind, Symphony and other options are available but at an additional cost. Shared Projects /Bins with Avid Nexis is not available in this version.
Media Composer 1-Year Subscription $199 Options: Media Composer | PhraseFind 1-Year Subscription $199 Media Composer | ScriptSync 1-Year Subscription $199 Media Composer | Symphony 1-Year Subscription $199
MEDIA COMPOSER (Perpetual) – A one-time purchase of Media Composer software. Unfortunately, to keep software current, the software must remain under support at a cost of $399 per year.
Media Composer Perpetual License $1,299
Media Composer Perpetual License (Dongle) $1,799
Media Composer Perpetual License (Floating) $1,799 per seat
**Media Composer Support Plan $399 /year
Media Composer Perpetual | Symphony $749
Media Composer Perpetual | NewsCutter $499
Media Composer Perpetual | Phrasefind $199
Media Composer Perpetual | ScriptSync $499
MEDIA COMPOSER | ULTIMATE – The choice for professional Avid Media Composer editors. This option includes PhraseFind, ScriptSync, Symphony, and Newscutter. Media Composer | Ultimate yearly subscription is $499. However, Ultimate is currently on sale for $299 (a 40% savings) through end of the year.
Media Composer | Ultimate 1-Year Subscription $499.99 Media Composer | Ultimate 2-Year Subscription $949.99 (Save $50) Media Composer | Ultimate 3-Year Subscription $1,353.72 (Save $150
Recommendations (By Common Needs) – Media Composer Perpetual vs. Subscription
NEEDS: NO SHARED STORAGE, NO SCRIPTSYNC/PHRASEFIND. If you don’t have shared storage or need ScriptSync/Phrasefind or Symphony, the best deal is the basic Media Composer Subscription. At $199 per year, you’ll save $100 per year on support versus a perpetual system. Media Composer (Subscription) = $199 per year Media Composer (Perpetual) = $1,299 + $399 per year (updates & support plan)
Media Composer (Perpetual + Dongle) = $1,799 + $399 per year (support plan)
NEEDS: YES SHARED STORAGE, NO SCRIPTSYNC/PHRASEFIND. If you use shared storage but don’t need ScriptSync/PhraseFind, your best option is to use Media Composer (Perpetual) and just renew support. If you need a new Media Composer license, you may want to consider Media Composer | Ultimate.
Media Composer (Updates & Support Plan Renewal Only) = $399 per year
Media Composer (Perpetual) = $1,299 + $399 per year (updates & support plan)
Media Composer (Perpetual + Dongle) = $1,799 + $399 per year (updates & support plan)
Media Composer | Ultimate (1-Year Subscription) = $499
NEEDS: YES SHARED STORAGE, YES SCRIPTSYNC/PHRASEFIND. If you use shared storage and need PhraseFind and ScriptSync, your best option would be Media Composer | Ultimate (1-year Subscription). It would take over 5-years before a Media Composer (Perpetual) license would break-even with the purchase of a Media Composer | Ultimate 1-Year Subscription. Plus, Media Composer | Ultimate gives you access to a suite of additional options besides ScriptSync and Phrasefind. Media Composer | Ultimate (1-Year Subscription) = $499 Media Composer (Subscription + Scriptsync/Phrasefind Options) = $597 Media Composer (Perpetual + Dongle + Scriptsync/Phrasefind Options) = $2,747 + $399 per year (updates & support plan)