Useful Avid Media Composer Console commands

While waiting for a file to convert, I typed help commands into the Avid console. These might be useful to some Avid users. There are many, many more.

The command every Avid user should know is subsys monpane debug, allowing precomputes and other unusual media to be loaded directly into the composer window, and used as edit sources.

These console commands are from Media Composer 8.2.2. Later versions may vary.

Access the console from the “Tools” menu, or by typing CTRL-6 or COMMAND-6.

AllDrives 1

Makes all drives act as media drives

AllDrives 2

Makes all drives behave normally


This is a toggle setting. It produces the warning: “Clips created using the cross-rate transcode feature can only be used for playback. The newly generated media is valid for playback, but the clips cannot be used with many operations. They are not supported by operations such as Modify, Relink, Batch Capture, Batch Import, Decompose, Import/Export, and use within the Interplay environment.


This is a toggle. Permits Avid to write to shares on Windows-style networks that are not mounted as drive letters such as \\OFFLINE_001\MyDirectory\


0x0 = Errors, 0x01 = Warnings, 0x02 = Verbose, 0x04 = Trace, 0x08 = Info, 0xff = All


Create a pop-up asking a question with up to three click-button choices, and return the result. Example answer "How many beans make five?" with "One" OR "Two" OR "Five"


Opens your ASIO control panel for audio I/O. If you don’t use this interface, your operating system’s audio control panel opens.


Enable or disable extra audio features. A dialogue box appears.


Disables some OpenGL code. May be useful for older video adapters.


Re-enables some OpenGL if earlier disabled with Disable3D


True: forces transcode of HD media to SD before export; False: makes transcoding of HD media optional before export


A toggle: controls the filtering of HD titles during downconversion to SD


For video-only QuickTime files: ignores file frame rate, and imports file frame-by-frame. Otherwise, QuickTime files with frame rates different from your project are imported with a crude frame-dropping or frame-repeating speed-change added. You’ll see this a lot in cinema films where television archive has been incorrectly imported.


Off: use best desktop video overlay method advertised by OS. On: use older methods for graphics adapters with incomplete OpenGL implementations. In case of failure (e.g. Avid not starting) hold “L” and “O” at power up to force this mode once, then enter the console command.


Changes preloaded frames for multicam editing. May reduce stuttering.


Without any arguments, renames ALL files within Avid MediaFiles to more accurately reflect the project name and clip name.


May be useful during ingest if someone has recorded a DV tape with 32kHz sampled audio

subsys monpane debug

Puts the Monitor pane subsystem into debug mode. Very useful: allows precomputes and raw media files to be displayed and edited into timelines.


Alter Avid’s tolerance to timecode skips. Currently, anything under than 7 frames starts a new clip

3 thoughts on “Useful Avid Media Composer Console commands”

    1. Thanks for asking, David. Unfortunately, I do not know of a way of automating Avid console commands, and the Avid product forums have the same answer.

      It is possible to read a script file from a single Avid console command, but I have not personally experimented with this. For best results, you might like to ask this same question on the Avid product forums yourself, where people far more experienced than I might have a different answers.

  1. I decided to use the RenameMediaFiles command in part because this post.


    I don’t think this command has been updated in like 30 years. It didn’t just rename Avid native media. It renamed linked media too. Even worse, it failed to properly rename the files, leaving plenty with messed up extensions that I needed to either hand fix or restore from backup. Avid has no way to revert these changes and provides no logs to even let you know what it changed.

    I’m restoring from backup now. For those reading this, please note this section of the handbook: “Do not use the programming features of the Console without guidance from Avid”. Editing Guide, p. 95.

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