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  • Mon, Aug 13 2018 6:40 PM

    • Marianna
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    Idea [I] Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Avid is pleased to announce the release of Media Composer 2018.8.   

    Location: This release is available from Avid Master Accounts, Application Manager, and the Avid Download Center (login and password required).  Note:  The Download Center goes live at 12:00 pm ET and the remaining components will follow shortly after.

    Operating System Updates: The following lists the qualified Operating Systems. Depending upon your hardware the qualified Operating Systems are:

    • Windows v7 64-bit SP1(Professional) and Windows v8.1 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows v10 64-bit (Professional, Creators, and Enterprise).
    • Macintosh  10.11.6, 10.12.6, 10.13.6 (new Mac OS version approved) 
    NOTE: Media Composer 10.10.5 does not work with 2018.8 at this time.

    New MacBooks and iMac’s: The new 2018 Mac’s do NOT currently work with MC 2018.7.  Engineering has already made a fix to address this problem in Media Composer 2018.8 and with this version, you can now launch Media Composer on the new  2018 Mac’s.   However, this is a “use at own risk” scenario as Avid has just received our 2018 Mac’s and have started qualification testing but not finished yet.  Once they have been qualified, you will be notified.

    Manual approval of loading Kernel Extensions (KEXTs): With the release of Mac OS v10.13.x (High Sierra), Apple requires manual approval of loading Kernel Extensions (KEXTs). (For example Avid Nitris DX, BlackMagic, and AJA IO devices install Kernel Extensions.) At installation time, you should get a dialog saying that the KEXT was not loaded. You must go the “Security & Privacy” system preference and manually approve the KEXT. Keep the Security & Privacy pane open after you install the I/O device drivers so that you will see the notice that the driver has been blocked and press the “allow” button within 30 minutes of installing or the driver will be permanently blocked.

    Avid DX Driver Separate Installer:  The Avid DX Driver is not automatically installed when you install the editing application. If you need to install the Avid DX Driver to work with your Avid IO device, you can install it separately.  The installer is located:

    • (Mac) /Applications/Utilities/Avid Utilities

    • (Windows) Program Files\Avid\Utilities\DXDrivers

    Note:  For Windows systems, there is a Win7 driver and a Win10 driver in the Utilities folder. The Win7 driver works for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems.

    Installers:   Previously, a separate installer was required for Media Composer | First. With this release, you have a single installer for Media Composer and Media Composer | First. Note: The option to run as Media Composer | First is now include in the Avid Media Composer Activation window.

    AppMan 2018.8:  There is a new AppMan 2018.8.  This version supports a single installer for Media Composer and Media Composer | First. and resolves the following:

    - Bug Number: AMPT-7739. Activating a Sibelius license deactivated the Media Composer dongle.

    What’s New:  The following are new features in 2018.8

    - Avid Generic Plug-In:  Avid continues working to remove dependencies on QuickTime libraries.
    - Launching Media Composer | First:  There is a single installer for Media Composer and Media Composer | First
    - Enhanced Correlation Tracker: You can select additional export options from Export to File.
    - Exporting to XDCAM Change:  When exporting XDCAM OP1a, you select XDCAM through the Avid Media Processor.
    - Exporting AVC-I OP1a: This release expands our support for exporting AVCI-OP1a.
    - Avid Artist DNxIP Device: This release supports the Avid Artist | DNxIP device.
    - Setting Automatic HDR Conversions for SDR Media:  The editing application allows you to map the white point of SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) media for REC2020 (HLG) and REC2020 (PQ) projects.
    - 3D LUTS for HDR to 709 Conversions: We have added 3 LUTs that allows you to preserve high luminance values when converting to Rec.709.

    What’s Fixed: The following have been fixed:

    - Bug Number: MCCET-2582. You might have received an “Avid editor stopped working” error when performing a send to playback with XDCAM media to Airspeed.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2324. In some instances, the results of Color Correction Auto Contrast on some low contrast clips was not accurate.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2563. Capturing AVC LongG media using the Capture tool created DNxHD 145 media.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2578. You might have received a “Exception: BeginWriting failed” error when exporting as Windows Media.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2565. You might have received an “Assertion failed” error when trying to link or import WAV files.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2572. You might have received a CORE_SEGMENT_NOT_FOUND error when enabling (video) Dupe Detection with “Show Effect Contents” enabled in the Timeline settings.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2561. When performing a File > Open Bin on a read only workspace, the bin did not display with a RED locked icon.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2513. (Mac) You might have received an “Exception: std::exception” error when transcoding spanned AVCHD clips.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2566. In some instances, you could not import .m2t (HDV) files.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2112. You might have received an “Assertion failed” error when linking to AVC Long GOP with the Avid Generic Plug-in.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2567. When in Segment mode, dragging clips in the Timeline might not redraw properly if the Audio Mixer tool was open.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2034. Linking to Panasonic GH5 media using the Avid Generic plug-in might have displayed incorrect duration and timecode.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2441. In some instances, the editing application would show 100% CPU usage and would lock or hang when linking to specific MP4 files.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2544. Markers did not always transfer between two systems when the same Script was opened on both systems.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2543. The image might have appeared flipped when you relinked to an exported Tiff file.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2507. You might have received an incorrect Disk full error message when transcoding multiple spanned AVCHD clips.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2551. (Audio Mixer) In some instances, while stopping play to add volume effect to a clip, the fader slider would jump back. This did not happen if you were in Narrow Mixer mode.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2276. The editing application was slow to respond when changing audio mixer levels.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2500. Markers added in the Timeline did not always appear in the Marker Window.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2494. In some instances, the editing application might have crashed to a BreakPad window if you played back using the spacebar after adding markers from the keyboard.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2532. In some instances, performing a Find did not find all clips and sequences, in all bins in the project.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2489. 1080 50p (50 timebase) media in a 50i project was shifted by one frame.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2028. In some instances, linked XAVC S media using the Avid Generic Plugin did not display Timecode in the Start column.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2341. The List Tool change log was not correct. Comparing the same sequence with itself showed changes.
    - Bug Number: MCCET-2524. In some instances, the position indicator (blue bar) was not in sync with sound and picture when using 3rd party I/O devices.

    “What’s New” Guide and “ReadMe” Documentation:  As is normal practice, these documents have been uploaded to the Knowledge Base.  For the list of limitations, please refer to these documents.

    How customers will obtain the August Media Composer 2018.8 Update:  The latest update to Media Composer and Media Composer | First will be made available on Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 12:00 noon ET.

    1.  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 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 Avid Master Account.

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

    4.  Customers NOT on a current Upgrade & Support contract must purchase either a new Media Composer Subscription Crossgrade or a new Perpetual license to receive this update. 

    Reminder: This release of Media Composer requires an active Upgrade plan. Please remind customers of this before suggesting they install this update. 

    ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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  • Mon, Aug 13 2018 8:00 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Media composer 2018.8 will not launch. I am using a 2013 trash can with 64 mg of ram OS X 10.10.5.

    Help!!!

  • Mon, Aug 13 2018 8:57 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Nate......

    Dongle based or SW licensing based?   what does it do EXACTLY?  error message?  Stop at the launch at a certain point?

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  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 7:56 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    My first impression is that overall this version works pretty smooth. However, after less than an hour I again got this message after which I had to force quit MediaComposer: 

    Exception: std::exception, what:[Main Thread] Threads::SendMessageAndWait:No running thread to receive message PlayLoopThread kStopCommand

    There's an OK button, but after pressing it I get the same message with every action. This also happened with 2018.7.1

    I'm on an iMac 5K running OSX 10.13.5

    Thanks

     

    Arnoud

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  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 1:45 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Same here.  The error prompt indicated my Mac OS X (currently 10.5.5) needed to be updated.  I went back to 2018.7.1 for the time being.  Running on a iMac (21.5 inch, late 2013).

  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 2:58 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    what graphics card?

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  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 4:05 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Hi Marianna,

    This version is not recognizing my dongle. I'm running one of the new 2018 MacBook Pro's, the i9 with 32GB ram. I previously had 2018.2 installed and working with no issue. I extended my perpetual service plan for another year (into 2019), downloaded a new dongle updater file and updated my dongle before un-installing 2018.2. I then installed 2018.8. Now, app manager doesn't even see my dongle, and when I try to select hardware key to activate media composer, I get the error message, "Software activation failed because your license is not valid. Please contact customer support for further assistance."

    I can't tell if the problem is with this version of MC, or with the dongle updater file. What do I do next?

    Inky

  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 4:48 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Inkahoy:

    Hi Marianna,

    This version is not recognizing my dongle. I'm running one of the new 2018 MacBook Pro's, the i9 with 32GB ram. I previously had 2018.2 installed and working with no issue. I extended my perpetual service plan for another year (into 2019), downloaded a new dongle updater file and updated my dongle before un-installing 2018.2. I then installed 2018.8. Now, app manager doesn't even see my dongle, and when I try to select hardware key to activate media composer, I get the error message, "Software activation failed because your license is not valid. Please contact customer support for further assistance."

    I can't tell if the problem is with this version of MC, or with the dongle updater file. What do I do next?

    Inky

    AHHHHH  More scoop. Thanks for that.   

    Couple things

    1.  10.13.6 is approved for 2018.8

    2.  AppMan 2018.8 shoud be what you are using

    3.  make sure the internal drive has read/write permissions set.

    4.  With the release of Mac OS v10.13.x (High Sierra), Apple requires manual approval of loading Kernel Extensions (KEXTs). (For example Avid Nitris DX, BlackMagic, and AJA IO devices install Kernel Extensions.)  At installation time, you should get a dialog saying that the KEXT was not loaded. You must go the “Security & Privacy” system preference and manually approve the KEXT.  Keep the Security & Privacy pane open after you install the I/O device drivers so that you will see the notice that the driver has been blocked and press the “allow” button within 30 minutes of installing or the driver will be permanently blocked.

    5. also make ure that the KEXT is also set to read/write permissions.

    Still stuck - ping me back and I will get a support rep on it

    Marianna

     

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  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 6:21 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Hi Marianna,

    Is it possible that MC 2018.8 have an issue that prevent it to run on Mac OS 10.10.5 ?

    "AvidMediaComposer cannot be opened because of a problem. Check with the developer to make sure AvidMediaComposer works with this version of OS X..."

    Thanks!

  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 6:35 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    I have just created an Avid case #03531047 and we will see if it's already known.

     

     

     

  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 7:24 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    it is a confirmed bug

    MCCET-2608.

    Marianna

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  • Wed, Aug 15 2018 10:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    I know you have a case in progress, but to answer your question (if it was directed at me): Intel Iris Pro. I also meant to say I have Mac OS 10.10.5 (not 10.5.5). AMC 2018.7.1 runs well on the system. Thank you.

  • Thu, Aug 16 2018 12:05 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Thanks for the quick reply, Marianna. 

    1. Yes, I'm on 10.13.6, came pre-installed on the laptop.

    2. Yes, AppMan is 2018.8, againg, came with the 2018.8 packaged installer I downloaded.

    3. System will not let me change my root system drive permissions. However, there is an Avid MediaFiles folder with full permissions. I've never had to change internal drive permissions on previous OS or Avid versions, going back to Yosemite and MC 7.

    4. When I first installed 2018.2, the system did ask me to manually approve loading the KEXTs. After multiple uninstall/reinstalls of both 2018.2 and 2018.8, the system has not asked me again since that first time. 

    5. Looking in the Extensions page, how many are there for MC, and what are they called? Aside for one called AvidUnityIsis.kext, I don't see any others that are obviously for MC. (I do have Nexis software installed for my Nexis Pro).

    Trac

  • Thu, Aug 16 2018 6:52 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4096 MB graphics.

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  • Thu, Aug 16 2018 12:29 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer 2018.8 released 8/13/18

    Gave it a shot...  was running okay for like an hour. Then it got sluggish. it started to respond like every 1 minute.  no error codes. it's just crazy sluggish. i shut it down. It launches fine but gets sluggish immidately. Not useable

    Back to 2018.5 . that one works ...

     

    any suggstions as I like the live timeline. That\s my only reason to update     

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