Native 4K Editing with Media Composer Announced

Avid Blogs by Wim Van den Broeck

One of the major announcements at Avid Connect Europe 2014 is Avid Resolution Independence. This is the ability to collaborate between creative teams in-house and remotely, leveraging your existing storage/network capabilities, regardless of the resolutions you are being asked to work with. In one of the ?Video Everywhere? Breakout Sessions at this pre-IBC event in Amsterdam, David Colantuoni, Senior Director Product Management, unveiled the very first demo of this upcoming feature. The first step towards Resolution Independence is all about 2K, 4K, UltraHD and the DNxHR codec.

Now, by editing 2K/4K/UHD media natively, video professionals can reduce transcoding tasks, offline/online workflows, and spend more time on creative storytelling, and deliver projects on time and on budget. But how will all this be implemented in Media Composer? Here are some details, from the demo by Luc Amiot, Senior Product Designer with Avid:

Create Project Types in Higher than HD Resolutions

2K, 4K and UHD will be the new Project Types, supported in Avid Media Composer. 2K and 4K can be Flat, Full or Scope. There are also some new Frame Rates. Check out the list of the New Native Project Types above.

Introduction of DNxHR (High Resolution)

This new codec will be available in the following flavors:

  • DNxHR LB (low bandwith)
  • DNxHR SQ (Standard Quality)
  • DNxHR HQ (High Quality)
  • DNxHR HQX (10 bit)
  • DNxHR 444

Notice that the name ?DNxHD? will still be used for Media with HD resolutions. read more...

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