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DOCUMENT AND ENTITY INFORMATION Document - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Mar. 17, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Entity Information [Line Items]      
Entity Registrant Name Avid Technology, Inc.    
Entity Central Index Key 0000896841    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 222,066,526
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   40,864,915  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016