Avid Media Composer
Avid Media Composer Editor's Review
When it comes to professional level video editing, there are plenty of tools available for computer users nowadays. While a lot of studio professionals swear by apps like Adobe’s powerhouse software Premiere Pro and Mac users stick to Final Cut Pro, there are some capable third party contenders as well. If budget is not a concern, you can try out feature rich and well performer apps like Avid Media Composer. The software has been a name to reckon with in nonlinear editing, more so in film and television sector. While there are some constraints like lack of support for non-broadcast resolutions, numerous advantages offered by the app outshine the few shortcomings.
Avid Media Composer offers support for several hardware solutions and it can be used on Windows 7 and later versions. Mac OS X Lion users can also get their hands on the software. Before installing the app in your PC, it is necessary that you remove any previous version to evade conflict. Like any other video editor, it offers smooth performance when the amount of installed RAM is on higher side. The lowered price comes as icing on the cake.
The dark themed user interface has been tweaked to an extent, but not drastically so. With the new version of Avid Media Composer, users get rid of certain usage limitations that made them ruffled earlier. The issue of Audio Punch-In tool not working with any third-party hardware does not exist any longer. This gets rid of having to record audio in a separate app and importing it. Besides, Media Composer received flak for hogging I/O hardware and not letting any other app access them. Users had no choice but shuttling between apps, and in worse cases, rebooting PCs. This has been taken care of too. Those with hardware attached to their PCs will see a hardware toggle button in the UI. It lets you pick from software and hardware modes.
There are several small but useful tweaks that make working with Avid Media Composer simpler and save time too. Earlier, any mounted drive was checked by the app for AMA media. While it is helpful it also resulted in delay. Now, this feature can be disabled if you want it. Veteran users will like the background processing feature. The Consolidate/Transcode window can now be made to ‘Run in Background’. The clips get re-linked to a project post Transcoding. You may choose to transcode only AMA media. As it is, the background processing is not reliant on Media Composer.
Until recently, the app was limited to 1080p video. However, now it can deal with 4K video owing to incorporation of new Frameflex component. Native 4K output is still not there though. The enhancements are also there in timeline and clip handling. In Timeline, you can select non-adjacent clips and move them together. The app also gets some much need enhancements in audio department. Advanced audio keyframing is a welcome addition and same can be said about pasting audio attributes. Other notable audio enhancements are numerous 7.1 surround sound tracks, 64 audio voices. However, eventually you get up to 24 tracks only. The audio mixer can now be customized a lot, thereby allowing users to get more screen space when required. Another big time saver is cached waveforms.
• Compliance with third party hardware.
• Enhanced audio controls.
• Effective background processing.
• Timeline tweaks.
• Restricted to standard broadcast resolutions.
Media Composer has evolved with time and with its new features the app is likely to continue its supremacy in TV and film broadcasting. The audio enhancement features are more than welcome and heavy users will love its new background processing feature. Avid has reduced the price which makes it even more lucrative for new users. While the app still may appear a little less refined than some industry contenders, it has the elements in it to be used in high end studio setups.
Avid Media Composer Publisher's Description
Media Composer is the top choice for professional film and video editing in the industry. Whether you edit movies, TV shows, commercials, or other video, this industry-standard nonlinear editor provides 64-bit performance, easy-to-use video editing tools, and streamlined HD, file-based, and stereo 3D workflows. Its open platform enables you to work with the gear you have or want and integrate into any workflow. Plus, it's designed to eliminate bottlenecks, enabling you to work faster than ever.
What's new in Media Composer 6.5
Avid Media Authoring
Create AS-02 and other volumes for archive, and write sequences back to the original source media with AMA.
Establish the intended viewing experience with the Active Format Description setting.
Advanced relink support
Reconnect clips to the original or new media using common metadata fields.
I/O hardware release
Switch to software-only mode without disconnecting hardware, and share Avid Open I/O hardware with other software in a single click.
Advanced audio keyframing
Edit and replicate audio keyframes across clips fast, with copy and paste ease.
64-voice audio support
Monitor more audio tracks with greater flexibility and ease.
Version and archive finished sequences with AS-02
With support for the AS-02 MXF mastering format through AMA, managing multiple versions of the same sequence is easy, as AS-02 packs everything into a single bundle without duplicating assets, saving storage space. Seamlessly move content between Avid and other systems that support AS-02. Use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your AS-02 workflow. And because AS-02 is an open industry standard, you'll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.
Create master-quality archives with JPEG 2000
Encode and decode sequences+oOeCOCLin mastering quality+oOeCOCLusing the JPEG 2000 codec, which helps preserve the quality of versioning and archival content in an AS-02 workflow. And because JPEG 2000 content offers resolution scalability and holds up over multiple generations when moving content across different vendors' solutions, you gain future flexibility with archived content.
Export content using AMA
AMA makes it easy to access and edit file-based media without transcoding. Now you can use AMA to export files back to the media's original source format for archiving or final delivery. AMA writeback is available for HDCAM SR, with more on the way as our partners update/develop their AMA plug-ins. And with new AMA Volume export support, you can create AS-02, JPEG 2000, DNxHD, AVC-I, and other file-based media volumes for roundtrip workflows, sharing, or archival.
Set and output AFD sequences
With new Active Format Description (AFD) support, you can create, edit, set, and deliver HD content, and rest assured that it'll be presented optimally to your audience as intended+oOeCOCLeven when down-converted and reformatted to a different aspect ratio. Simply select an AFD code for a sequence, and your settings will carry through your output.
Relink clips using common metadata
Gain more freedom and flexibility to interact with media from other software applications. With advanced relink support, you can dynamically reconnect clips to the original or new media using a wide variety of common metadata fields+oOeCOCLanything that's being tracked.
Open up your workflow with hardware release
With the new hardware release control, which works with Avid and third-party I/O hardware, you can activate/deactivate your hardware+oOeCOCLwithout disconnecting it+oOeCOCLto access software-only features, such as full screen playback mode and audio project settings options. You can also share your third-party hardware and monitor between Media Composer and other applications without quitting or rebooting software.
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