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Document And Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Nov. 04, 2016
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name Avid Technology, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0000896841  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   40,625,177