Avid Media Composer 8.5 Released Today with new features

AVID MEDIA COMPOSER 8.5 Update Now Available

If you have a current Avid Support Plan or Subscription you can upgrade today! Get Avid Media Composer 8.5 with exciting new features and important bug fixes now via the Avid Download Center (login and password required).

New Features:

  • Menu Simplification: The menus have been reorganized to remove legacy menu items and simplify the user experience.
  • Timeline UI Improvements: A number of updates have been made to the timeline, including enabling Sync Rollers for Sync Locked Tracks, the ability to see full segments as you drag them within the timeline, as well as the effect their repositioning will have on the rest of the timeline before you commit the change, and creating a new track by dragging a segment above or below the timeline.
  • Support for 64 Tracks of Audio: Users can now create and work with 64 individual tracks of audio.
  • Group by Audio Waveforms: Group clips can be made based on audio waveform analysis.
  • HDR Support: Media Composer now includes color spaces for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This provides support for a higher range of video signal, and enables automatic color transformations for source files based on the HDR color space set in the project.
  • Audio Mixer Updates: You can now resize the Audio Mixer and create custom track groupings.
  • FrameFlex Rotation: Users can rotate the framing box in the FrameFlex source settings using the Z rotation slides, enabling the straightening or reframing of an image at the source level rather than in the timeline.
  • Interactive Video Frame Cache: A new Video Memory tab has been added to the Media Cache settings to allow users to save generated frames of the current playing sequence into a memory storage cache, resulting in faster response times while editing and playing back media.
  • UI Personalization Tools: Additional UI settings have been added to allow users to change the background color of the Project Window and Timeline, and override Bin and Project fonts and font sizes.
  • Bin Columns Updates: The process for adding Custom Columns as well as Multiple Columns in bins has been simplified, and you can now copy and paste the same text to multiple fields within a column.
  • Identifying Rendered Effects: Users can now choose to differentiate between rendered effect media and Title and Matte key effect media in the Media Tool. This is helpful when identifying media to delete.
  • Ancillary Data SCC Import: Media Composer now supports importing of Scenarist Closed Caption (.scc) files.
  • …and more!
  • For a complete list of fixed bugs and new features, please refer to the Media Composer 8.5 ReadMe.

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We've sponsored a new Media Composer 101 tutorial by Kevin McAuliffe, and in this lesson, he shows you the ins and outs of the newest release of Media Composer, version 8.5. The team has put together a very exciting update that I know you'll be anxious to get up and running with. The most noticable update is to the menus, as everything has been streamlined to make your workflow much smoother, and to get new editors to MC up and running as quick as possible. Enough talk, enjoy checking out many of the new features in in 8.5 in this new tutorial! Click here to watch the video AvidMedia8_5Screenshot.png

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