Thursday, November 03, 2011

Avid Announces Media Composer 6 & other updates

Avid has announced updates to their three flagship products: Media Composer version 6, NewsCutter version 10 and Symphony version 6:
Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 are rebuilt from the core on an entirely new open, 64-bit architecture that raises the bar for performance, flexibility and productivity. With this version, Avid is also introducing a sleek, new User Interface—designed to speed workflows while simultaneously preserving the same functionality that so many professionals have built their careers on. In addition, these systems include support for third-party hardware, AVCHD and Red Epic support with Avid Media Access (AMA), an Avid DNxHD 444 codec, and support for Avid Artist Color.
Media Composer 6 will be available November 15th.

Avid Press Release: Avid Introduces Media Composer 6—The Industry’s Leading Editing System Raises the Bar with Openness and 64-bit Performance

Avid will be hosting a webcast with a live Q&A to discuss the new software at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. To access the webcast visit:

Blackmagic announces support for Avid Media Composer 6:
Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 9.0, a major new software update with advanced capture and playback for the Avid® Media Composer® 6 family of software including Avid Symphony® and Avid NewsCutter™, for both Windows 7™ and Mac OS X™.

Desktop Video 9.0 is available for download now and free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.
Blackmagic Press Release: Blackmagic Design Announces Avid Media Composer 6 Support

Avid intros 64-bit version of Media Composer | Randi Altman | Post Magazine
Information from a conference call with Avid's Angus Mackay:
Version 6 is actually the sixth release of Media Composer in three years, points out Mackay, adding that this update is a complete rebuild from the app’s core, designed with openness in mind and with huge increases in productivity thanks to its 64-bit design. Some advantages of this include access to greater amounts of RAM and improved performance, playback, and responsiveness, as well as increases in the speed in which users can play numerous formats.

AJA: AJA Supports Avid Media Composer 6 with KONA, Io XT, and Io Express Video I/O Products

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