Avid has posted Avid Free DV – a free, streamlined version of its professional video-editing software for Mac OS X.

The software includes basic video- and audio-editing capability, is capable of QuickTime coding, and features up to two streams of real-time effects. Input output options include DV FireWire Capture, DV Scene Extraction and Timecode Display. Feature comparisons with Avid Xpress DV and Avid Xpress Pro can be seen here.

Avid does not offer technical nor customer support responsibilities for Avid Free DV, but instead invites users to discuss the application on the Avid Free DV forum.

Avid hopes the free digital-video software will entice customers to "step up to the robust production and networking features found in our professional line of products such as Avid Xpress DV software and Avid Xpress Pro software".

The 26MB download requires Mac OS X 10.2.4 and a 667MHz G4 processor.