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  • Fri, Jul 1 2016 6:58 AM

    Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Great News!   We are pleased to announce the  release of Media Composer v8.6 (Mac and PC) .  This update is now available from My Avid Master Accounts, Application Manager, and the Avid Download Center (login and password required) as of Thursday, June 30th @ 3:00 PM ET.   

     

    New in this Release:

    • Source Browser: The Source Browser allows you to navigate to and import or link your file-based media from a single window. You can also preview your file-based media in the Source Browser window before you commit the clip(s) into a project.
    • Native Support for Panasonic AVC-LongG: Media Composer now provides native support for the Panasonic AVC-LongG format. With the latest Panasonic Plugin, you can now link to, playback, consolidate, and create native AVC-LongG media – and at faster speeds than previous releases. Supported formats include Panasonic AVC Long-GOP G12, G25 and G50 for project formats 720p/50, 720p/59.94, 1080i/50 and 1080i/59.94.
    • Audio Ducking: Quickly and easily create an audio mix by automatically reducing the audio level of one or more audio tracks against other audio track(s) –  like “ducking” the volume of music or natural sound under dialog, and then ramping it back up again.
    • New Ways to Select Segments in Timeline: Using new menu selections, quickly select multiple segments in the Timeline based on clip color, same local color, no color, offline clips, to the left or right of the Blue Bar or reverse the selection.
    • Create Sequence Based on Timeline Selection: Create a new sequence based on selections made in the current Timeline.
    • Nested AudioSuite Effects: Stack AudioSuite effects and step in and out to manipulate each individual effect – just like with video effects.
    • Audio Grouping: Set up groups of Audio Tracks in the Audio Mixer for better organization and to save screen real estate.
    • Default Pan: Sequences created entirely in Media Composer v8.6 or later will have pan information on every clip, so that when moving this sequence to another user’s workstation, it will play with the same pan that it was created with..
    • SMPTE Channel Order: Set 5.1 and 7.1 surround audio tracks to display in SMPTE order rather than ProTools order.
    • RED Plug-in Update: The latest RED plug-in (v1.16.5) takes full advantage of GPU acceleration. Some instances of editing with RED footage are now 4 times faster. Make sure you download the latest RED plug-in.
    • Export with Mask Margins: You can export your sequence with mask margins burned in, either through Export to File or AMA Export.
    • Timeline Clip Comments in Timecode Generator: Updates to the Timecode Generator to allow Clip Comments to appear on screen during playback.
    • Updates to DNxIO: With the release of Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.7, the Artist | DNxIO now supports capture of Closed Captions, capture to DNxHR HQX and 444, and Passthrough for Audio Punch-In. It also includes a number  of bug fixes and improvements.
    • and more!
    Fixed in this Release:  Included in this update are a number of bug fixes, including:

    1. You might have received an “Assertion failed” error when capturing compressed resolutions to a 25p project.


    2. In some instances, after rendering sequences, the bin size increased noticeably. This has beenfixed.


    *** Important Note: Due to this fix, if you take a bin that contains effects that have been rendered on a Media Composer v8.6 system and move it to a system prior to v8.6, most video effects above V1 and nested effects may be unrendered

     

    3. You might have received an “assertion failed” error when creating an EDL in the List Tool from a sequence containing mixed frame rates.

     

    4.  You might have received a “failure to open stream on bin” error when launching Media Composer in a shared storage environment.

     

    5.  When exporting a QuickTime movie, the rendered AudioSuite effects were written to the local drive instead of an ISIS workspace.

     

    6.  If a sequence contained media from a Canon device, you could not export the sequence to an XDCAM device. You must enable the “Re-encode for XDCAM bitstream compliance” option in the XDCAM export settings dialog in order for this to work.

     

    ReadMe:  The ReadMe for Media Composer v8.6  will be uploaded to the Knowledge Base today.

     

    http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/readme/Media-Composer-Software-8-0-Documentation

     

    How to obtain the Media Composer v8.6:   The latest update to Media Composer should be available worldwide by Thursday, June 30th, 2016.

    • Customers who have already installed the latest version of Media Composer will be notified of the availability of the upgrade via the Application Manager. The Apps tab will also provide a link to download and install the update when desired.
    • New customers who purchase Media Composer will receive this 8.6 update in their Master Avid Account  (My Avid)
    • Customers on current Upgrade & Support plans can download the Media Composer 8.6 update either from their Master Avid Account or the Avid Download Center (login and password required.) 
    • Customers not on a current Upgrade & Support contract must purchase either a new Media Composer Subscription or Perpetual license to receive this update.
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  • Fri, Jul 1 2016 12:55 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    camoscato:

     

    • Nested AudioSuite Effects: Stack AudioSuite effects and step in and out to manipulate each individual effect – just like with video effects.

    • Default Pan: Sequences created entirely in Media Composer v8.6 or later will have pan information on every clip, so that when moving this sequence to another user’s workstation, it will play with the same pan that it was created with..

    Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God rays shine down! After 25 years we enter a new era! Yes

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  • Fri, Jul 1 2016 3:34 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    There are some great looking new audio features in this update! Thank you Avid for that! Will the track names also now carry on to an Avid Artist Mix control surface?

  • Mon, Jul 4 2016 3:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    We finally get the Audio Suite Nested effects.

    Also, we get many other great new features like:

    Source Browser, Native Support of AVC-LongG, Audio Ducking, Audio Grouping and new ways to select segments.

    I really like the feature allowing the selection of clips based on their color.

     

    Those are good news!

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  • Tue, Jul 5 2016 4:37 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    for some reason i can't login to my master account

    and

    where is the download link for 8.6 ?

     

    keith

     

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  • Tue, Jul 5 2016 5:56 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Hi,

    keithkowal:

    for some reason i can't login to my master account

    and

    where is the download link for 8.6 ?

    If you can't get there through the Application Manager, you can download 8.6 from the Download Center:

    http://esd.avid.com/ProductInformation.aspx?id=7

    Media Composer 8.8.2 w/Symphony option, HP Envy 17t-j100 Quad Edition laptop, Windows 10 Pro, Intel Core i7 2.4GHz, 16 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce GT 740M [view my complete system specs]

    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who only consider the price are this man's lawful prey."  - John Ruskin (1819-1900)

     

    Carl Amoscato | Freelance Film & Video Editor | London, UK

  • Mon, Jul 25 2016 7:43 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Since Version 8.5 i have the feeling that actual Editors are helping to improve MC. I love the new approach to add usefull features that speed up workflows and making MC more stable - rather than having new features that seem to come staight out of marketing to serve a trend.

    Thanks for that!

    Loyal user since 2000. :-)

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  • Mon, Jul 25 2016 7:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Great to hear..... more coming soooooooon.

    Marianna

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  • Tue, Jul 26 2016 12:37 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Fmueller:

    Since Version 8.5 i have the feeling that actual Editors are helping to improve MC.

    Yes

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  • Tue, Jul 26 2016 1:26 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Marianna:

    Great to hear..... more coming soooooooon.

    Marianna

    I get happy when Marianna leaves cliffhangers like this.

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    I consider myself a power user.  I have started to edit on dual 4k/UHD gui displays.

     

    It seems that mc is optimized for lower resolutions.  I often have to go to bin view icon, and go from icon and back to list so that my bin is viewed properly.

    Also, I often go on choose columns.. on hd displays, i can quickly select none, then just select color without scrolling down.

    Oh UHD, i have to scroll down to see color.

     

    This isn't a huge deal, but it would be cool, if MC was optimized for dual UHD gui monitors.

    Thanks so much!

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  • Fri, Jul 29 2016 7:34 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    usatraveler:

    Marianna:

    Great to hear..... more coming soooooooon.

    Marianna

    I get happy when Marianna leaves cliffhangers like this.

    8.6.1 the day after and I couldnt say........... woot woot

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  • Mon, Aug 15 2016 12:56 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    camoscato:

    Fixed in this Release:  Included in this update are a number of bug fixes, including:

    ...

    2. In some instances, after rendering sequences, the bin size increased noticeably. This has beenfixed.


    *** Important Note: Due to this fix, if you take a bin that contains effects that have been rendered on a Media Composer v8.6 system and move it to a system prior to v8.6, most video effects above V1 and nested effects may be unrendered

    Ok, so is this something that will be fixed for 8.6.2 or should 8.6.x be considered an all machines or no machines update for places with many seats?

    We just discovered that rendered Master sequences could only be exported(with rendered top track) on machines on 8.6.1. Making video mixdowns for now is a bad workaround, and we're considering our options. Updating all machines from 8.5 to 8.6 mid projects, downgrading the few machines on 8.6, or wait it out until a fix(?) comes along.

    Other than this, 8.6.1 seems fine :)
    (except the LUT levels change from 8.5 bug)

    Fred

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  • Mon, Aug 15 2016 8:57 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    frediko:

    We just discovered that rendered Master sequences could only be exported(with rendered top track) on machines on 8.6.1. Making video mixdowns for now is a bad workaround, and we're considering our options. Updating all machines from 8.5 to 8.6 mid projects, downgrading the few machines on 8.6, or wait it out until a fix(?) comes along.

    Other than this, 8.6.1 seems fine :) (except the LUT levels change from 8.5 bug)

    Fred

    Let me check on the renderd master sequences.... 

    as for the LUT levels - 8.6.2 is coming and should resolve.

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  • Thu, Sep 15 2016 5:23 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 8.6 NOW AVAILABLE - 30 June 2016

    Semi bug report on 8.63

    I ran the 8.63 with the Canon XF Utility 3.1 for Windows, C300 material worked fine (afaik) but C100 AVCHD 100Mbit did NOT!

    The source browser would tell me that the footage could not be linked.

     

    This was a Harddrive with a complete project that worked perfectly on another Mac with 8.53

    So i did a uninstall on the Codec and Media Composer, installed 8.53 and everything worked.

    So the AMA Avid page is correct? No support for 8.6 ?

    • Canon XF Plugin 64 for Avid Media Access 3.1 - Supports Avid Media Composer 8.5

     

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