Now Available—Media Composer 7.0.3 for Mac OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1

The following is a guest contribution from editor, Wim Van den Broeck. He has almost a decade of Media Composer editing experience. He has a huge passion for the Avid Product Family, his main tool to achieve the best possible results for his clients. You can follow him as @editorbelga on Twitter.

Media Composer 7.0.3 just hit the Avid Download Center ( Also available is NewsCutter 11.0.3.

First of all, the wait is over for OSX 10.9 – 10.9.1 Mavericks and Win8.1 users… This version is compatible with these new Operating Systems. But there are some more “changes” added to your favorite NLE Tool. And let’s not forget the list of bug fixes that you can find in the ReadMe.

  • Apple’s OSX 10.9 and 10.9.1 Mavericks is supported in Media Composer 7.0.3. Also supported is OS 10.8.5.
  • Windows 8.1 is approved as Operating System for Media Composer 7.0.3. But no need to worry, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are still supported!

To help organize the effects in the Effects Palette, the video and audio effects are now displayed under the applicable tab. To access video effects, click the Video tab in the Effect Palette. To access the audio effects, click the Audio tab.

Use frame blending in Motion Adapters: When clips of a different frame rate than the sequence are dropped on the Timeline, a motion adapter is automatically applied. Motion Adapter effects allow mixed rate clips to play at the project’s frame rate and to have the correct field motion.

The frame blending setting will give you some flexibility with mixed-rate media by offering a choice between temporal smoothness and spatial smoothness. It controls whether or not any new motion adapters use the Blended Interpolated render option.

When this option is selected, the Blended Interpolated mode is used. The behavior is the same as previous versions of Media Composer, and uses Blended Interpolated for most motion adapters. When it is not selected, the Interpolated Field mode is used for interlaced clips, and Both Fields mode is used for progressive clips.

The Nvidia Drivers supported with this release are:

  • 320.78 – for use with Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems.
  • 331.65 – for use with Windows v8.1 systems.


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