Media Composer | Software (v8.1) - Launching Today

Media Composer | Software (v8.1) - Launching Today

We are pleased to announce that the new Media Composer | Software (v8.1) is available as of 12:30 pm ET on the Avid Video Download Center (login and password are required).

New Features and Functionality: As mentioned previously the Media Composer | Software (v8.1) is the first release since v8.0 where we announced the Perpetual, Subscription and Floating license model. This v8.1 update adds exciting new features that customers can use to improve and accelerate their workflows while taking advantage of some really cool powerful new tools.

  • 64-bit AAX plug-in support: Create higher quality sound effects/mixes and gain full access to the latest generation of Avid and third-party audio plug-ins with support for 64-bit AAX plug-ins, making it easy to share plug-ins between Pro Tools® and Media Composer systems for seamless interoperability

  • Multiple audio mixdown generation: Create different versions of a final project’s audio mix all in one step

  • Integrated DPX workflows: Read DPX files directly in Media Composer—no transcoding required

  • Export of MXF OP1a DNxHD and J2K: Get more flexibility and streamline broadcast workflows between Avid and third-party products with the ability to export DNxHD or J2K media wrapped as MXF OP1a interleaved files

  • Multicam editing in 3D: Create groups from stereoscopic clips for multicam editing

  • Enhanced and more responsive multicam performance: Get more responsive scrubbing and better timeline navigation when working with simultaneous video streams across both Avid and third-party Open I/O hardware devices

  • Support for ARRI AMIRA camera color transformations: Get the ability to have embedded Color Decision Lists (CDL’s) and/or 3D Look-up Tables (LUT’s) applied automatically

  • Enhanced timeline manipulation tools:

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    • Quickly add and remove trim rollers by Shift-clicking anywhere in an adjoining segment

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    • Easily see which tracks have reached their beginning or end points when trimming with new “end of trim” indicators

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    • Choose whether to select or not select filler with segment tools

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    • Toggle clips and tracks on and off in the timeline to easily compare variations of a sequence

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    • Copy any segment by dragging and dropping it to a desired location

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    • Create and save titles directly to a track in the timeline

ReadMe, Whats New Guide and Install Guide:

The three documents were attached to Community Alert #102 and they have not changed. Again, I recommend that the Mod Squad read ALL the information thoroughly so you are aware of the fixes and can assist the community and social channels next week . If any changes are made to the ReadMe prior to launch, you will be notified in advance.

Download Center: The Media Composer | Software (v8.1) updates ( Mac and PC) are located on the Download Center (login and password required).

Installers: The installers are full installers for Mac and Windows.

Important Note for current Avid ExpertPlus and Avid Elite Support customers upgrading to Media Composer | Software 8.1: The FlexVersioner is NO longer supported for this release. All current support customers upgrading to Media Composer | Software (v8.1) will obtain their software and dongle license updates from the My Products and Subscriptions section of their Master Account. For details, see Software Licensing Upgrade Process for Avid Advantage Support Plan Customers

How will customers obtain Media Composer | Software (v8.1): Customers that are already using Media Composer | Software (v8) and have an Avid Support plan, or if they have purchased the Avid Support/Upgrade for Media Composer, Symphony, or NewsCutter, the upgrade to Media Composer | Software (v8.1) will be automatically deposited into their Avid Master Account when available. It will take a period of time for the upgrades to percolate and populate that many Avid Master Accounts (Worldwide ) but we expect to start Wednesday July 30th, 2014.

Customers will simply log in to their account and then select Support Upgrades.

Trial Mode issue: Please note the following Knowledge Base article:

Important - if a dongle or floating license customer was at some point in Trial Mode they may see “Buy” instead of “Update” in Application Manager. As a workaround, they should get the update from the Download Center and install the old fashioned way. This will be fixed in an Application Manager update that will be released shortly.

Options: Existing Symphony Option and NewsCutter Option activations will continue to function with the Media Compsoer | Software (v8.1) licenses.

Avid Media Composer | Software and Add-Ons!

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.

Whether you're an experienced Avid editor or you're making the switch from Final Cut or Adobe, the experts at can help you find the Avid software that's right for you. We've even worked with software plug-in manufacturers like Boris FX and NewBlue to put together some great offers to replace the 3rd party software that used to be bundled with Avid..

Check out these videos to learn more about Avid Media Composer | Software


Videoguys' Guide to the New Avid Media Composer | Software Part 1


Videoguys' Guide to the New Avid Media Composer | Software Part 2

Tutorial with Steve Hullfish:
Color Correction with
Avid Media Composer

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 | 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)


Avid Media Composer Annual Subscriptions

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)


Boris FX RED 5.5 for Avid

Boris RED 5.5 is a successor to Avid FX, previously bundled with all Avid editing solutions. Customers who purchase Boris RED 5.5 today will be eligible for an upgrade to Boris RED 6, a major release slated for later this year.

Special! 50% Off Perpetual License thru 7/31/14

NEW! RED 1-yearSubscription

NEW! NewBlue
Complete for Avid

NewBlue Complete for Avid contains a powerful collection of effects and transitions carefully selected to elevate the Avid experience and improve your workflow. Your Media Composer already includes Titler Pro, now round it out with more of the best from NewBlueFX.

includes more than $899 worth of software
Bundle Special for Avid for limited time!

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