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    Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

    Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

    Media Composer v2018.4 was released today, Saturday, March 7th, 2018.  We launch this at Avid Connect 2018 to the public and it will be available in My Avid, AppMan and the Download Center (login and password required).

    Media Composer | Ultimate:  This product will be available for purchase on the Avid Webstore and through our channel partners starting Saturday April 7, 2018.  

    Exciting New Price Offerings:  Media Composer will  be available for $19.99/month (annual commitment) and Media Composer | Ultimate will be available for $49.99/month (annual commitment).  

    Installers:  There are Media Composer Mac and Win Full Installers. 

    FAQ: The Media Composer Product family FAQ is available on the Knowledge Base.

    What’s New”:  The following improvements have been made to Media Composer v2018.4.

    Support for latest iMac Pro – Media Composer now supports the latest Apple iMac Pro. Note that systems using NEXIS will require the 18.3 client.
    Perform Insert Edit to an Export File - With this release you can perform a file-based insert edit to an already exported sequence. Currently this supports XAVC-I material only, but more codecs will be added.
    Generating iXML Metadata When Creating WAV Media - WAV media generated using Audio Export, as well as managed media in OMF (Wave) format, will include iXML metadata.
    Timeline Clip Notes Window Representative Frame - You can now display a representative frame in the Timeline Clip Notes window.
    Timeline Clip Notes Quick Find - You can search for text in the Timeline Clip Notes window.
    Customizing Timeline Views - You have more control when customizing Timeline Views.
    Setting Pre-roll for ScriptSync and PhraseFind - You can enter a pre-roll value when searching in the Find Window and the Script Window.
    Adjusting Font and Font Size in the Timeline Clip Notes Window - You can change the font and font size in the Timeline Clip Notes Windows.
    New Script Lock Icons - New script lock icons help you when working in a shared script.
    Color Adapters Listed in the Effect Editor - Color adapters are now listed in the Effect Editor.
    Updates to the Marker Window. - A number of updates have been included with the Markers Window.
    Run Length Encoding for Alpha - You to choose to import an alpha channel as either Uncompressed or as Run Length Endcoded (RLE).

    What’s fixed: The following issues have been fixed in Media Composer v2018.4.

    Bug Number: MCCET-2320. In some instances, the Script Bin did not get saved with Auto-save.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2285. If Effects mode was enabled, adjusting frames using keypad did not display the text box with the entered numbers inside Source/Record window.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2317. When importing monophonic files in the Source Browser, they imported as multiple master clips rather than one master clip.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2320. The Audio time-code rate in the Link Settings Link Options did not work when using BWAV Files (BWF).
    Bug Number: MCCET-2244. (Mac) The editing application would intermittently freeze when entering Trim mode.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2338. When Dupe detection for video was activated, the same clips had different color even though they were duplicates.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2231. Dupe detection was not working properly on clips that had Spatial adapters.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2224. In some instances, you could not resize the Tool palette.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2323. Audio files linked with the WaveAiff plug-in did not have the correct timecode.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2326. Cyrillic characters displayed as ??? in the Timeline Clip Notes window.
    Bug Number: MCCET-2361. (Mac) When in an Interplay environment, you might have experienced a crash when exiting the editing application. 

    Limitations:  The following are known limitation in Media Composer v2018.4.

     
    Bug Number: MCDEV-9011. Intermittently, when working with the XDCAM Nablet Plug-in, you might see “Failed to get the sample position from the AMA Plug-in” errors if you have waveforms enabled in the Timeline.
    Bug Number: MCDEV-8037. If you start a Long GOP capture on an AirSpeed system with a data track and without specifying a duration (a “crash record”), send to playback from Assist or Media Composer of a sequence using this in-progress clip might fail with the status of Canceled when TMF export should begin. Workaround: Specify a duration for the capture, turn off ancillary data for the capture, or use the STP Encode service.
    Bug Number: COGS-2560. While working in the Script Window, text operations (cut/copy/paste/delete/editing) can only be done in edit mode. See “Editing a Script” in the Help.
    Bug Number: MCDEV-5650. When working with Panasonic LongG media, you might receive an “SFPlayConsumer Timeout” error if audio waveforms are enabled. Workaround: Turn off audio waveforms.
    Bug Number: MCDEV-5385. Multicam editing with Panasonic LongG media is not supported with this release.
    Bug Number: MCDEV-5384. Currently, when working with LongG media, you might see dropped frames when editing 4 streams. This might occur when playing from a single stream to multiple streams (and from multiple streams back to a single stream). The dropped frames usually display around the edit point (transition to a different stream). 

    Important Notes:

      1.  NVIDIA Driver: The editing application supports Nvidia Driver v390.77. Avid recommends that if you are on a Windows 7 system and working with the v390.77 Nvidia driver, you should enable desktop composition.  See this article for details: http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/how_to/Enable-Desktop-Composition-in-Windows-7

        2.  Interplay:  Media Composer v8.7 and higher requires Avid Interplay client v3.7 and higher.

          3.  Upgrading to Mac OS v10.11.x: (Mac) If you upgrade to Mac OS 10.11.x, you must uninstall Media Composer. Reinstall Media Composer after you perform the OS upgrade. If you use Avid Artist DNxIO, you must also uninstall the Desktop Video software and reinstall it after the OS upgrade.

            4.  Dongle not Recognized on High Sierra (OS 10.13.x) - in some instances after upgrading to High Sierra, the Avid dongle is not recognized by the Mac so upgrading through AppMan is not possible.  In order to update the dongle for use with High Sierra, please read this Knowledge Base article.

              5.  System Drive and High Sierra - With the release of Mac OS v10.13.x (High Sierra), Media Composer cannot write (i.e. capture, import, render) to the system drive. Workaround: You can partition the Mac drive and choose the partition or an external drive when selecting drives in the Media Creation Settings. 

              AvidBlog:  Wim has put together a lot of articles that highlight the new offerings for Avid. This will “Go Live” Saturday during the April 7, 2018 Connect Event. Specific to the Media Composer product family are:  

               

              How customers will obtain the April Media Composer v2018.4 Update:  The latest update to Media Composer and Media Composer | First will be made available on Saturday, April 7, 2018.   

              1.  Customers who have already installed the latest version of Media Composer will be notified of the availability of the upgrade via their Application Manager. The Apps tab also provides a link to download and install the update when desired. 

              2.  New customers who purchase Media Composer will receive the update in their MyAvid Master Account.  

              3.  New customers who purchase Media Composer | Ultimate will receive the Software in their MyAvid Master Account.  Note: They will NOT have to activate the options (ScriptSync, PhraseFind, Symphony and NewsCutter) separately – they will be automatically enabled with the activation of Media Composer | Ultimate. They will need to install the language packs.

              4.  Customers on current Update & Support plans can download the Media Composer 2018.4 update either from their Avid Master Account or the Avid Download Center (login and password required.) 

              5.  Customers NOT on a current Update & Support contract must purchase either a new Media Composer Subscription or Perpetual license to receive this update.  See note above on new monthly price offerings for Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate. 

              Reminder: This release of Media Composer requires an active Update & Support plan or a new license.  Please remind customers of this before suggesting they install this update.

               

              Questions, let me know

               

               

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            1. Sat, Apr 7 2018 7:03 PM In reply to

              • Bandido
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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Does this version include the Live Timeline feature? I don't see it listed in the What's New document.

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            2. Sat, Apr 7 2018 7:40 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Great update! ありがとうございました!

              At the moment I have 

              Annual Subscription EUR 49.00 Monthly Media Composer Software - Standard Support until Nov 29, 2018. Is it possible to adjust my contributions and switch to new "regular" 19,99$ Media Composer?

              I absolutely do not need the options Media Composer Ultimatum.

              In addition, it's somewhat curious, but the subscription for this year was extended automatically. I did not turn off the Auto Renew Plan by mistake.))

              Thank you very much for the excellent program and sorry for my auto-english .. It's somewhat easier for me to write in Japanese at this moment of my life.))

              よろしくお願いします。

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            3. Sun, Apr 8 2018 2:06 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              TRyring to update on a Win10pro z840 loaded. It starts but does not seem to finish? It does the Avid application manager then ends and nothing after happens???

               

            4. Sun, Apr 8 2018 2:18 PM In reply to

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              UPDATE: Ok it did do the update. But The Avid install was VERY fast and there was no notice it was done.

              I will play around and see what I find.

               

            5. Sun, Apr 8 2018 5:13 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Yuri:
              Is it possible to adjust my contributions and switch to new "regular" 19,99$ Media Composer?

              Sorry! I carefully read the Rebranding_MC 2018.4_FAQ.pdf and found the answer to my question :

              [If you who wish to downgrade to a Media Composer subscription, you will not have the option to do so through an early renewal and will need to wait until your regular renewal period to make the change. ]

              but this is somewhat offensive))

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            6. Sun, Apr 8 2018 5:16 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              QUICK SEARCH IN THE MARKER WINDOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big Smile

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            7. Sun, Apr 8 2018 6:47 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Yuri,

              Use your existing subscription until it is up for renewal, at which point you can either 

              1.  renew as a Media Composer | Ultimate subscriber and have access to all the same added software options, or

              2.  start a new Media Composer subscription if you generally work independently

              You should wait until your subscription plan expires and then let it lapse and buy the 20/mon one. if you are on a month to month, then let it lapse next month by turning off the auto renew and then the fllowing month buy the new 20/mon option of Media composer.

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            8. Sun, Apr 8 2018 6:50 PM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Yuri:

              Sorry! I carefully read the Rebranding_MC 2018.4_FAQ.pdf and found the answer to my question :

              [If you who wish to downgrade to a Media Composer subscription, you will not have the option to do so through an early renewal and will need to wait until your regular renewal period to make the change. ]

              but this is somewhat offensive))

              Why would that be offensive?  if you are month to month now with your MC subscription, then let your license lapse. Turn off auto renewal.  Next month, buy a new MC subscription for $20/mon ( this one requires an annual commit).   If you bought the subscription with a yearly commit already, then you do need to wait until the license expires and then let it lapse and renew under the new $.

              Marianna

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            9. Sun, Apr 8 2018 7:49 PM In reply to

              • Yuri
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              Thank you very much for your response!

              perhaps "offensive" is not exactly the exact word. I apologize. yes this is an annual subscription with monthly payments. and it was issued 2 years ago. but I did not pay attention to the auto-renew switch and have what I have. the situation has changed somewhat and I do not need this wonderful product in full, but I can not cancel this annual subscription and switch to monthly or, as is now possible, simplified. Yes, I will wait until the end of the subscription(November), since there are no other options. naturally a person always wants a small saving)).

              No problem!Sorry for the offshoot from the main topic and verbosity.

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            10. Mon, Apr 9 2018 12:52 AM In reply to

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              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              I got the same "no notice of finished installation" However when I clicked on the open MC in application manager the new splash screen noting 2018.4 was displayed. Also, there was no request  for a system reboot.

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            11. Wed, Apr 11 2018 2:39 AM In reply to

              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              In the ReadMe notes for 2018.4 there is this paragraph:

              Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Arial",sans-serif; color:black;}

              "Returning Users If you are upgrading from a previous version of the editing application, you must first uninstall the previous version before you install and activate your new software. You will need your original System ID to activate your upgraded product. After you uninstall your old application, the installation process will be identical to the standard installation"

              In all my previous upgrades, I never had to uninstall before.   Is this something new?

               

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              I have a fantastic editing assistant.  He stays by my side when I edit...doesn't talk too much...and thinks I'm a genius!    Check him out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQVkYaaPO6g

            12. Wed, Apr 11 2018 3:30 AM In reply to

              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Terry Snyder:
              Is this something new?
              Doubtful.  More likely to allow simplification or unified install instructions.
              Originally when all Avid's were Mac only all installs required previous installs to be uninstalled. No problem, the Avid installer had the uninstaller built into it. (just sit back and follow on screen prompts for each of the 28 (720k) floppy disks and you were done.)  Since MC became PC and Mac uninstalling has usually been recommended for all Mac installs. I guess its something to do with the Mac O. Through the era of update patches there were vary rarely patches for the Mac update and all PC patch updates required you to uninstall any previous patches before using the latest patch.

              The MC | First version (Application Manager) added an new complication. Currently unless you had a perfect MC or MC | First uninstall the other versions installer will not work.  Now with the three MC versions IMO it just seems that it is easier to have a universal uninstall previous versions policy.  

            13. Wed, Apr 11 2018 4:24 AM In reply to

              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              I downloaded and extracted the zip file on my Windows 7 Workstation.  At the end of the extraction process, I get this error:

               

              I have no idea what this means???

              Checking the extracted folder's properties--there 18,042 files in the Media_Composer_2018.4_Win folder on my Win 7 Workstation.

              I download and extracted again on my non-Avid Windows 10 PC and now I don't get error.   This extracted folder contains 18,051 files.  So 9 files were not able to be extracted on my Win 7 workstation, which is the machine I run Avid.  

              I am afraid to try installing the upgrade if these files are crucial?

              MC 2018.4 with Symphony, Matrox MX02 Mini Max, Win 7 Pro, HP Z800 2x6-Core 3.2Ghz Xeon, 48GB ram, Quadro K4200, SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD as system drive... [view my complete system specs]

              I have a fantastic editing assistant.  He stays by my side when I edit...doesn't talk too much...and thinks I'm a genius!    Check him out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQVkYaaPO6g

            14. Wed, Apr 11 2018 5:56 AM In reply to

              Re: Media Composer 2018.4 Released and FAQ

              Did you move the downloaded zip file to the root level of your C:\ drive  (C:\Media_Composer_2018.4_Win.zip) and extract it there?  

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