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    Getting Started for Students and Educators

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    Getting Started for Students, Teachers and Institutions

    Learning Avid empowers students to become the next generation of successful editors. Fortunately, learning Avid has never been easier or more affordable with the availability of the full-featured Media Composer Academic Software.

    Qualified academic institutions, teachers, and students can purchase Avid Academic products at a substantial discount, provided they meet the Avid eligibility requirements. 

    Want to learn more for free? 

    From Getting Started with Media Composer training videos to FCP to MC training videos and from AMA workflow guides to using the right features for the job and everything in between. The Media Composer Product section provides a host of tutorials, videos and documents to help the new academic student or teacher.

    Media Composer Academic:

    At just $295 USMSRP for institutions, teachers and students, is the perfect way for students to jump start a successful career in editing or for training programs to teach the next generation of editors.  Worldwide pricing for your region can be obtained from either Avid directly or our educational partners - click on the reseller list in the right navigation bar.

    Symphony Academic Institution :

    Now offered at the same low affordable price of $995 for institutions (academic student not available) looking to teach Color Coorrection, Universal Mastering and more with Avid Symphony Academic.

    30 Day Trial:

    Both Media Composer and Symphony are available as a 30-day Trial so students and educators can try the products prior to purchase. Just go to the Trial page and fill in your information and you will receive an email from Avid with the information needed to try it out.

    Pro Tools Academic:

    The same offer is provided for those students, teachers and institutions that meet our eligibility requirements and are interested in ProTools Academic. Delivering more power, creativity, and flexibility to multimedia students, Pro Tools Academic is for educational institutions and students.  Worldwide pricing for your region can be obtained from either Avid directly or our educational partners by clicking on the reseller list in the right navigation bar.


    Before you install the Media Composer Academic software and Pro Tools Academic software, you need to be aware of the following co-installation limitation.  

    Note: If you want to install both Media Composer Academic and Pro Tools Academic on the same system, please check the ReadMe for Media Composer which can be found on the Media Composer 6.5 documentation page - prior to co-installing.

    Media Composer Academic FAQ

    To help students better understand the academic program, and what they are eligible for, and how to install, we have created an extensive Q&A document  – Media Composer Academic Q&A – which outlines the academic program, support offerings and how students can take advantage of the 4 year free upgrade offer and if they are eligible for it.

    4 years of Free Upgrades: 

    Beginning back in September 30, 2009, students with academic versions of Media Composer software (versions 3.5  and higher who purchased on or / after March 1, 2009) qualify for complimentary upgrades for four years from the date of software activation.  Dongle based systems DO NOT qualify - the system MUST adhere to the above and be on SW licensing.

    The four year upgrade promotional offer is located at  and is ONLY available for Avid Media Composer v3.5 and higher Academic Student copies that were purchased and registered on or after March 1, 2009.   Institutional purchases or Teacher purchases DO NOT qualify for the 4 year upgrade promotion as we feel that schools and teachers make money teaching with the academic products.  

    Note:  With the release of Media Composer 6 Academic, Students will now receive Avid DVD, Avid FX and Sorenson Squeeze with the purchase.

    What’s in the Box:  Media Composer Academic software boxed set comes with:

    • The fully functioning feature rich Avid Media Composer (download links provided)
    • Academic Letter with Validation Code which must be redeemed online at the Identit-E site

    If purchasing from the Avid Store, the academic custoemr you will receive a Validation Code with download links.  The student or teacher will then use this validation code to get their System & Activation ID (Once they pass the validation process on the Identit-E site

    Note that Academic products should not be used for commerical use.

    Adding Hardware:

    Students and institutions that wish to add Avid hardware to their Media Composer Academic license should reference the Avid Education Page – reseller list – located on the right navigation bar.  Avid offers academic pricing for Mojo DX and Nitris DX hardware as well as the ability to use 3rd party hardware now via our Open I/O.


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