Avid has begun shipping its new Media Composer 7, the latest update to its video editing software.

The new version features improved file-based workflows, with HD delivery from high-res source material and automated media transcoding operations. Plus, Avid's Media Composer 7 also offers Interplay Sphere for Mac support.

"As more content is created with high-res cameras and delivered as HD, Media Composer 7 enables editors to work directly in HD from the high-res source, while maintaining full creative control of image framing," says Avid. "Media Composer 7 also automates the time-consuming process of media transcoding operations in the background, so editors are effectively free to focus on creative story telling."

Media Composer 7 is available to buy now from Avid's online store, starting at £719.