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Avid Media Composer 2019 and older 8
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  • Some color correction tips

  • MC 7.0 is out now:

    New Features


    • Work directly with 2K, 4K, and 6K media in the timeline while outputting HD
    • Change the FrameFlex region of interest position, size and aspect ratio

    Real-Time LUTs (1D & 3D) and CDLs:

    • Support for fixed and custom LUTs/CDLs
    • Bulk modify clips in a bin
    • Real-time conversion to rec. 709

    Background Processing (Transcode, Consolidate and Copy):

    • Allows editors to continue working without interruption
    • UI to manage jobs and reflect progress

    Dynamic Media Folders (Watch Folders):

    • Accelerates and simplifies AMA media management tasks automatically in the background
    • Associate "Profiles" to any folder (local or on shared storage) to Link, Copy, Transcode or Consolidate files automatically

    AS-11 – Standardized Delivery with Program Segmentation:

    • Support for Spanned Markers
    • Shim support for consistent program delivery requirements
    • Export to a single multi-essence OP1-A MXF file (AVC-I or IMX)

    Audio Enhancements:

    • New Cached Audio Waveforms (Instant redraw)
    • Clip Gain Timeline Adjustment
    • New Master Fader support on all sequences with 5 RTAS plug-in inserts
    • Configurable Audio Mixer to reduce size of window

    iXML Metadata Support

    XAVC HD Native Support

    AMA Enhancements:

    AMA Managed Media:

    • All Linked AMA Media is now managed via Avid databases
    • Manage AMA media appears in the Media Tool or can be checked into Interplay

    AMA QuickTime with Alpha:

    • AMA clips with Alpha appear in the bin as a Matte Key

    AMA Extras:

    • New AMA navigation window to link to files & volumes
    • Assign color to AMA clips in the timeline
    • Consolidate or Transcode only AMA clip in a sequence
    • Relink designating either data, audio or video tracks
    • Drag & Drop AMA linking

    Performance Improvements:

    • Multi-cam (LongGOP) supports real-time playback of 9-way multi-cam
    • Improvements to window drawing and timeline blue bar updates
    • Mouse wheel improvements hovering over UI
    • Improved AMA performance when linking to video and audio


    what's new:

    Note: in 7.0 AMA and File "Import" seems to bypass Quicktime Tags (for viewing purposes) - so GH3 MOV-Files now get imported with accurate ("native") luminance levels without cumbersome workarounds also on Mac.

  • Avid 7 looks great. I've been holding into 5.5 for a while because I didn't like vrs 6. Finally this looks like a worthwhile upgrade from Avid.

  • I've been testing AVID 7 AMA linking to GH2 footage rewrapped in Clipwrap. I think I was using 3GOP patch. Avid performance was very slow with timeout errors. I'll need to test different GOP length hacks to see if performance can be improved. I did a round trip from Avid to Resolve and rendered out Avid MXF clips from Resolve. The round trip worked well.

  • we're noticing a quicktime import bug on symphony v7 - bombs out with a 'cannot import mixed framerate' error message

  • And the audio mixer is still enormous

  • Coming soon is Protools and MC combined

  • Coming soon is Protools and MC combined

    Are you sure? Or they will just improve audio part?

  • New 2019 Media Composer

    Avid®  today announced Media Composer®, its flagship video editing system, has been redesigned and reimagined for today's---and tomorrow's---generation of media makers. Unveiled at Connect 2019, the industry's most powerful gathering of media and entertainment users, the all-new Media Composer 2019 will be in the spotlight starting Monday, April 8 at the NAB Show in Avid's booth (#SU801).

    With Media Composer 2019, aspiring and professional editors, freelancers and journalists will be inspired to work more creatively by taking advantage of a new user experience, a next generation Avid media engine with distributed processing, finishing and delivering capabilities, a customizable role-based user interface for large teams, and so much more.

    "After receiving input from hundreds of editors and teams across the media industry, and knowing where the industry is headed, we reimagined Media Composer, the product that created the nonlinear video editing category and remains the gold standard," said Jeff Rosica, CEO and President at Avid. "Media Composer 2019 is both evolutionary and revolutionary. It maintains what longtime users know and love while giving them more of what they need today---and what they will need tomorrow."

    Media Composer 2019

    With Media Composer 2019, an editor can go from first cut to delivery without ever leaving the application. Whether they are a professional editor, freelancer or someone just starting out, Media Composer 2019 inspires creative storytelling.

    • New User Experience---makers can work at the speed of creativity with a paneled interface that reduces clutter, reimagined bins to find media faster, and task-based workspaces showing only what the user wants and needs to see.
    • Next Generation Avid Media Engine---puts more power at a user's fingertips with features, such as native OP1A, support for more video and audio streams, Live Timeline and background rendering, and a distributed processing add-on option to shorten turnaround times and speed up post production.
    • New Finishing and Delivery Workflows---Now, users can create and deliver higher-quality content with editing, effects, color, audio, and finishing tools without leaving Media Composer. Whether working in 8K, 16K, or HDR, Media Composer's new built-in 32-bit full float color pipeline can handle it. Additionally, Avid has been working with OTT content providers to help establish future industry standards.
    • Customizable Toolset---built for large production teams, the new Media Composer | Enterprise provides administrative control to customize the interface for any role in the organization, whether the user is a craft editor, assistant, logger or journalist. It also offers unparalleled security to lock down content, reducing the chances of unauthorized leaks of sensitive media.

    Media Composer | Enterprise 2019

    The Media Composer family adds Media Composer | Enterprise for post-production, broadcast, media education and other larger production teams. Media Composer | Enterprise is the industry's first role-specific video editing and finishing solution. Large production teams now have the ability to customize the interface and tailor workspaces for different job roles, providing end users access only to the tools and functions they need. This capability gives teams better focus so they can complete jobs faster and with fewer mistakes. Media Composer | Enterprise also integrates with Editorial Management 2019 to deliver collaborative workflow innovation for post production and enables creative teams to stay in sync.

    Media Composer | Distributed Processing

    Avid today also announced Media Composer | Distributed Processing, an add-on option that shortens turnaround times and accelerates post production by sharing the media processing load. Tasks that previously took hours can now be done in minutes, strengthening post facilities' competitive edge while delivering high-quality programming. Media Composer | Distributed Processing also offloads complex processing tasks when working in today's emerging high resolution and HDR media-rich worlds.

    Media Composer 2019 will be available in late spring for all of its models: Media Composer | First, Media Composer, Media Composer | Ultimate and Media Composer | Enterprise. For a full list of Media Composer features and benefits visit,

  • Our interview at NAB

  • ProRes RAW coming to Windows

    Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today announced that Media Composer® will deliver native support for Apple’s ProRes RAW camera codec and support for ProRes playback and encoding on Windows. In addition, Apple will provide 64-bit decoders for DNxHR and DNxHD codecs within the Pro Video Formats package that is available from Apple as a free download for all users. These integrations will allow content creators and post-production companies to natively create high-quality ProRes content regardless of their OS and save time during the creative storytelling process.

    ProRes is a high-performance editing codec that provides multistream, high-quality images and low complexity for premium real-time editing. The codec, which will be available to Media Composer users on Windows, supports frame sizes ranging from SD and HD to 2K, 4K, and beyond at full resolution with stunning image-quality preservation and reduced storage rates.

    In addition, Media Composer for macOS and Windows, which was completely redesigned for 2019, also will add native support for ProRes RAW. ProRes RAW applies ProRes compression to the raw data from a camera sensor to provide the flexibility of RAW video with the performance of ProRes for editing today’s highest-resolution outputs.

    Finally, the continued availability of Avid’s DNxHD and DNxHR decoders for macOS is a tremendous benefit to content creators using Apple and Avid products and will ensure the longevity of content creators’ DNx material encoded in MXF and QuickTime files.

    “This collaboration democratizes content creation by removing the boundaries posed by different operating systems and opens the door to a greater number of higher-quality delivery formats,” said Rob D’Amico, Director of Product Marketing, at Avid. “Adding support for ProRes for Windows, native ProRes RAW and DNx Codecs is yet another way Media Composer deals with advancements in technology so editors can stay focused on creative storytelling.”

    For more information on the full features of Media Composer 2019, visit or see a demo of Media Composer 2019 at IBC 2019.

  • AVID Media Composer 2020.4 update