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  • Media Composer 7.0.2

    Avid released Media Composer 7.0.2 yesterday. The new version includes dozens of bug fixes (the ReadMe file lists over 70) and should be considered by anybody currently using MC 7.0. All Avid Downloads / Media Composer Downloads / 7.0.2 and ReadMe Read More...
    Posted Sep 11 2013, 03:55 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Retires DS

    Avid has announced that DS, or Digital Studio, formerly from SoftImage, and much beloved by a select group of finishing editors, is now at End of Life. They will support it with bug fixes for another year, but after that, it’s history. They are giving DS 11 customers a license to MC (but not Symphony), […] Read More...
    Posted Aug 07 2013, 03:54 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Releases Media Composer 7

    Avid released Media Composer 7 today. The new version offers many AMA improvements and background processing functions (via a Java implementation), including long awaited background waveform generation and caching. A quick video showing off some of the new media management features is here. New features include: Background audio waveforms. Background transcoding. Drag and drop AMA […] Read More...
    Posted Jun 27 2013, 11:45 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Video from the Avid Booth

    Here’s a very useful 20 min video of an MC7 demo done by Corey Tedrow and Michael Krulik at NAB. It makes many of the new features a whole lot clearer. One nice surprise — waveforms are now cached by the system, something that hasn’t been in the press releases. Click the image to play [...] Read More...
    Posted Apr 10 2013, 11:49 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Announces Media Composer 7 for $999

    Avid announced MC7 at NAB today. Along with some important new features, the upgrade features a major price drop: MC is now just $999 and the Symphony color corrector (with universal mastering) can be added as a $1500 upgrade. New Features Include: A Master Audio Fader to adjust overall levels. Quick access to clip gain [...] Read More...
    Posted Apr 08 2013, 03:34 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Releases MC 6.5

    Avid released Media Composer and Symphony 6.5 yesterday. Details are in this press release, and in this new features page. The What’s New pdf is here. The new version offers several new features for file based delivery (JPEG 2000, AS-02 archives and AMA writeback), but the changes that will appeal most to working editors lie [...] Read More...
    Posted Sep 08 2012, 03:53 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Sells Its Consumer Divisions

    In a press release today, Avid announced the sale its consumer divisions along with a restructuring that together will result in a 20% staff reduction, and an intensified focus on professional markets. Consumer video (ie. Pinnacle) was sold to Corel and consumer audio (m-Audio) was sold to Akai. The consumer divisions were only responsible for [...] Read More...
    Posted Jul 02 2012, 09:48 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Releases MC6

    Avid began distributing Media Composer 6 today. The new version has been upgraded to offer 64-bit support, and includes many new features, including a complete reinvention of the application’s approach to 3D-Stereo editing, the ability to mix in 5.1 and 7.1, “Open I/O” which allows you to use a variety of third party hardware options, [...] Read More...
    Posted Nov 16 2011, 04:14 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Event in Burbank

    With an aim toward reminding everybody that Avid is fully committed to its high end customers, the company will host an event at the Burbank Studios this coming Wednesday night, July 13th. CEO Gary Greenfield and COO Kirk Arnold will be on hand to listen to editors’ concerns and answer questions, along with many members [...] Read More...
    Posted Jul 11 2011, 02:58 PM by Steve Cohen
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  • Avid Post-NAB Event – May 13

    Avid will be holding an important post-NAB event a week from Friday at the Editors Lounge in Burbank. On hand will be CEO Gary Greenfield and many of the key product managers and designers, including Dave Colantuoni, Director of Product Management, Frank Capria, Consulting Designer for Product Management and Steve McNeill, Director of Architecture and [...] Read More...
    Posted Apr 27 2011, 12:25 AM by Steve Cohen
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