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Recommended & Required Software/Equipment

Avid Media Composer

All incoming students are required to begin learning Avid Media Composer before arriving at Orientation.

There is a lot of editing software available and students may be more familiar with other programs, but NYU requires students to edit their films on Avid for the first years in the program, as Avid is the Film and Television Industry standard as of 2015.

You can download a 30-day trial version of Avid here:

Or you can buy Avid for $9.99 per month here:

All students must complete the following Avid Tutorial before beginning classes in the Fall, you can access Lynda.com on the Academics tab of your NYU email (home.nyu.edu), on the left you will see a button for Lynda.com. Look for the course: Avid Media Composer 8 Essential Training. This is a 10 hour tutorial so make sure you don't wait till the last minute and have time to complete and practice it before arriving.

Hard Drives

All students enrolled in Graduate Film are required to purchase two (2) FirewireHard Drives for a) editing and b) archiving their Film & TV media. Two drives are essential for maintaining Best Practices in today’s digital workflows. Students can expect prices to begin at about $150, increasing with drive capacity and additional features. While there are many brands available, we recommend either G-TECH OR GLYPH for best results.


  • Minimum speed 7200 RPM, preferably with an 8 MB buffer, Firewire 800/ESata required
  • 500GB to 1TB per drive is sufficient
  • Formatted as Mac OS extended
  • Full-sized; NOT small-form factor drives
  • Manufacturer’s warranty of at least 1 year
  • They should have a separate power cable; they should not be bus-powered through the firewire cable.

Flash Drives

All students are required to purchase one (1) 4‐8 gig flash/jump drive.


All SCRIPTWRITING, PRODUCTION SHOOTING SCHEDULES and PRODUCTION BUDGETS are required to be done using the software listed below. It is highly recommended that students purchase their own copies and become familiar with them over the summer.

The software is also available on computers located in the Graduate Film Department’s Producing Lab. The lab has eight work stations and is open Monday - Friday 9am-11pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am-9:30pm.

  1. Movie Magic Scheduling: All shooting schedules for productions and assignments are required to be delivered in Movie Magic.
  2. Movie Magic Budgeting: All production budgets and budget assignments are required to be delivered in Movie Magic beginning in the Spring Semester. NOTE: A student discount is available for Movie Magic Software; click here to view.
  3. Final Draft Scriptwriting