Avid Hidden Gems #3

PVC by Steve Hullfish

Hidden Power User Secrets for Avid Media Composer

Here are some more gems from the Avid Media Composer user's manual, though today includes at least two REALLY hidden gems, because they don't seem to be mentioned in the manuals at all (based on searches on the Help menu.)

GEM #1

Let's say that you've created an effect, customized several parameters for the effect and saved it to a bin. If you want to use just ONE of those parameters in another effect, you can drag the customized effect from the bin to an open parameter of another effect in the Effects Editor and the values from the saved effect will ONLY be applied to that parameter.

GEM #2

Most people probably know the keyboard shortcuts for zooming the timeline: Command-/ (control-/ on PC) shows the entire timeline (like shift-z in FCP). And Command-[ (control-[) zooms out while Command-] (control-]) zooms in (like Command-plus and minus do in FCP). But there is another useful keyboard zoom tool: Command-M (control-m on a PC) to do a CUSTOM ZOOM of a specific section of the timeline. When you hit Command-M, you'll see a little cursor with arrows point in opposite directions, just use that to drag over the section of the timeline that you want to zoom in to and it will will the timeline window. read more...

Videoguys' Guide to Avid Media Composer | Software

Avid has now released the latest version (MC 8.0) in all the new licensing options. The key differentiators between the various flavors of licensing is the included 3rd party and Avid software.

New Avid editors have two choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. You can still own the software by purchasing a perpetual license at $1,250. This higher price includes you first year annual support contract as well. So if you purchase today, you would be eligible for any and all upgrades released for the next 12 months.

The new Avid Subscription plan is a fantastic value. For $569 you don't just get Avid Media Composer, you also get the Symphony option! The 3rd party software is much better as well. You also get a year of Avid support which entitles you to all upgrades and updates.

Finally, Avid has announced a new Floating License plan. You can purchase these as a pack of 20 or 50 licenses. Each pack also includes floating license server software which allows you to manage and deploy your seats as you wish. With a floating license server you can install Avid on as many machines as you like throughout your organization.


Avid Media Composer | Software Annual Support Plan Upgrade/Renewal

If you already own Media Composer and wish to upgrade to the latest version, maintaining your perpetual (no expiration) license, you can do so by signing up for a standard Avid Support plan for $285/year. This auto-renewable plan includes all software upgrades, updates, and standard support for one year from the date of purchase. There are no updates to 3rd party software but you may continue to use all software that you currently own.



Avid Media Composer
Annual Subscription

When you subscribe to Avid Media Composer | Software you get annual access to Media Composer with the Symphony Option, free upgrades and updates and a lot more. All subscription licenses include:

• Media Composer|Software
• Symphony Option
• NewBlue Titler Pro v2
• Boris Continuum Complete Lite
• Sorenson Squeeze (30-day trial)
• iZotope Insight (30-day Trial)
• Avid Standard Support (including all software updates)



Avid Media Composer | Software Perpetual License

Avid Media Composer | Software Perpetual License now includes a 1-year support plan that entitles you to free updates and upgrades during that period and with this license you own the software even if you do not continue to renew the support. The Perpetual License includes:

• Media Composer | Software perpetual license (never expires)
• NewBlue Titler Pro v1
• Sorenson Squeeze (30-day trial)
• iZotope Insight (30-day trial)
• One year of Avid Support (including software updates)


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