Avid Media Composer 8.4 Announced Today

BoxAvid Media Composer subscribers and owners with active Avid Support Plans were treated to some big news today with the a big upgrade to version 8.4. The speed of these updates coming out of Avid are supporting the idea that the Avid Support Plan is one of the best values in the industry. If your support plan is due for renewal call the Videoguys or renew now for $285. Avid has announced that the latest version of its editing software, Avid Media Composer, is now available. Part of the Avid Artist Suite, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Media Composer 8.4 delivers accelerated high-resolution workflows, facilitates real-time collaboration, and frees editors from time-consuming background tasks. “Today's video professionals need to be able to handle whatever media walks in the door, ingest that media, edit it, and deliver a master for distribution,” says Charlie Russell, senior segment marketing manager, Avid. “Increasingly, the media they need to work with is greater-than-HD: 2K, 4K and Ultra HD. With the latest version of Media Composer, editors and assistants will be able to handle this high-resolution media, while leveraging their existing HD infrastructure.” New Media Composer 8.4 features include: Custom raster support — Bringing Avid Resolution Independence to life, users can work with any raster up to 8K, in any format; AVC-I, ProRes, XAVC-I and XF-AVC native high-resolution playback — Optimized performance for Apple ProRes, Canon XF-AVC, Panasonic AVC-I and Sony XAVC-I gives users the flexibility to mix and match high-resolution media in the timeline, from DNxHR to other popular formats, and edit with smooth real-time playback; AAX factory presets — With Media Composer 8.4, users have access to the same AAX presets as with Pro Tools; Enhanced closed captioning — Users can see closed caption timing in the timeline to avoid breaking captions, and can view captions on external monitors as well as in the interface; Alpha channel support for QuickTime-wrapped Avid DNxHR — Users can now enhance their graphics, effects and compositing workflows when working with QuickTime applications; and Media Composer/Cloud with dynamic media folders and background services — Customers can use Media Composer software and Media Composer/Cloud workflows on a single system, including remote cloud-based editing while simultaneously performing background uploading, rendering, consolidating, or transcoding.Media Composer 8.4 is now available for download online.

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