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What Is This?

It appears another really good freeware has disappeared from the internet. Avid Free DV was a limited-edition freeware version of the professional Avid non-linear editor (NLE). It wasn't as advanced as Premiere or Vegas, so I didn't really use it all that often, but it was a lot better than the cheap or other free offerings at the time. And to be honest, it's still better than most current cheap/free options! After Avid bought Pinnacle, they distanced themselves from consumer-grade products, and dropped support of this great little program. Pinnacle is now the consumer-level product brand.


Does it Work in Windows XP-Vista-7 or Mac OS X ?

This works great in Windows XP. I've not tested it in Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit, nor Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit. Feel free to download it, install it, test it, and post your findings. Share your experience with the community.

If anybody has the Mac OS X version, let me have it! I'll post it here too. The final Mac version was 1.8, but I'll take whatever I can get.

A guide for this may be created when I find some time. For now, just muddle through it. (It's really NOT that hard!)


How to Install ?

Although you didn't have to buy anything, Avid wanted you to register, before you could install it. Since that's no longer available, use this one:

Serial Number: AvidFreeDV-31E3
Authorization Code: AF7R-XJ5C-UC7K-552H-KE7Q


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If you have $50 or more to spend, I'd suggest buying one of the program listed below instead. Note that prices are approximate, rounded, will vary month to month, and version to version (for old versions). Many of the links below are for Amazon, because we always suggest buying boxed version -- you have discs this way. No "where did I download the file" moments, losing software with a bad hard drive, etc.

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bump this thread
Why?

It's already a sticky in this forum.

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idk i searched it on google. took me hell to find it...maybe this will help the web crawler work faster
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I have just installed this program and I'm using windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
In order to get it to install you will have to right click on the setup and change the compatibility to windows xp sp3

Just right click > properties> compatibility tab> check the box for run this program in compatibility mode for

I will post if I have any problems running it if not assume all went well.
I'm assuming I'll have to do the same thing for the program .exe to get it to run.

it is located for me in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Avid\Avid Free DV
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Whats the big deal with this software, ?
One cannot "GRAB" individual frames from a point in the clip, Edit them with a paint program and put them back in I wouldn't even call it an editor program, it's just another splicer and dicer. Editing?
Fails miserably.
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namtr0, thanks for your input on Windows 7 install.

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Whats the big deal with this software, ?
It's an NLE. It's from Avid. And it's free. Granted, it's dated software at this point in time, but it existed in the days before you could buy an NLE or near-NLE for under $500. Software like Adobe Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Final Cut Express did not yet exist. This was a dumbed-down version of the full Avid software. And to this day, it's still quite decent.

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One cannot "GRAB" individual frames from a point in the clip, Edit them with a paint program and put them back in I wouldn't even call it an editor program, it's just another splicer and dicer. Editing?
Fails miserably.
It also can't edit RAW photos from my DSLR, and it lacks spellchecking -- but that's because it wasn't intended for that kind of editing. And it's more than a simple splicer. Even most past versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro didn't have integrated abilities to export a still frame to an image editor, allowed for editing, and replace seamlessly.

I don't often use that function of an editor, so I can't even say for certain if Premiere CS3-CS5 does this. (Most videos I work on are a total mess -- not just flawed by a few frames that need repair.) Although I would bet it does, given how Adobe has integrated more and more of their apps of time. Encore and Photoshop communicate pretty well, so I'm thinking Premiere and Photoshop have a similar relationship.

It's hard to judge software for something it wasn't made to do. It's sort of like beating a screw with a hammer, and then complaining that the hammer does a lousy job at it. That's simply a case of using the wrong tool, and not a flaw of the tool itself.

If nothing else, it's a good piece of archived digital-era video history.

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