Director, colorist, and writer Charles Haine
of No Film School
wrote this piece on Media Composer 8.8
Avid Goes 88 MPH 'Back to the Future' with Media Composer 8.8
With today's release of Media Composer 8.8, Avid Technologies brings back two important features not seen since version 7.
It's rare in the world of software to see features return that we've lost. Usually, if a developer drops a feature, it's due to a lack of popularity, and even if a few users complain loudly about its absence, developer resources are already more focused on new features. But, sometimes, legacy features come back around, as they did today with the release of Media Composer 8.8, which resurrects both PhraseFind
These features are both popular enough that they have kept some editors and post houses on MC 7 in order to maintain their functionality. Built on Emmy-award-winning technology from Nexidia, PhraseFind and ScriptSync are tools that help editors quickly manage tremendous volumes of footage in a sophisticated fashion. PhraseFind is a powerful dialogue search tool that allows editors to search through all the footage available for specific words and phrases spoken by the subjects, without the use of a transcription.
Especially for doc editors—but for anyone with a lot of footage to sort through—this is an amazing feature. When you know that at some point, somewhere in your footage, someone talked about how much they like orange juice, but you can't remember where, instead of having to scrub every shot looking for the individual sound bite, you simply type "orange juice" into the search menu and it shows you every time anyone says orange juice anywhere in your footage.
Phrase find even allows phonetic spelling, so you could type "oranj joose" and it would likely find the right moments in your footage. This is especially helpful when searching for proper names you might not know how to spell correctly, or when looking for utterances like whoops of joy. Today's release integrates MC 8.8 with ScriptSync and PhraseFind version 2, with improvements in the way dialects and accents are searched and with improved ability to index unclear audio.
Read more and all about the features of ScriptSync and PhraseFind here.