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    Idea [I] New | MC 7 | Everything you want to know....

    New Items to the end on added 6/26/13

    Listed below is a 28 part comprehensive list that covers most of the main points surrounding the v7/v11 releases.  The v7/v11 products are expected to be available "officially" later this quarter to the general public.  

    Some of the details such as the end date of the Protection Period and the date we add activations to customers accounts at account.avid.com, as well as updated links to FAQ's and ReadMe's, etc. are still being finalized.

    Important As soon as I have additional information I will UPDATE this thread and indicate that the information added is NEW and the date I added it.

    I want to be sure that all the supporting documents and URL's you are provided are accurate to help answer the onslaught of questions over the coming weeks.

    If you have any questions please let me know via email, AOL IM (avidmarianna), Skype (mariannamontague) or via cell 813-493-6800.

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    1.   Web Site  The www.avid.com pages for Media Composer 7, Media Cpmposer 7 with the Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 will go live at the end of June 2013 with details on the products.  Since we are still offering Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 and NewsCutter 10.5,  the 6.5/10.5 pages remain on avid.com.  

    2.   NAB Microsite We created a microsite in April 2013 locatd at http://apps.avid.com/events/2013/nab2013/   This microsite started being updated with product announcements, video's, blog posts etc. for both the Pro Video and Pro Audio products ( PT 11 is coming in June too) starting on April 7, 2013.   Please feel free to check this site periodically for updates.

    3.   Product Availability  -  Avid Media Composer 7, the Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 new licenses and upgrades to Media Composer 7, Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 will be available for purchase at the end of June 2013 ( on or around June 27th, 2013) from Avid Inside Sales directly, Avid Resellers, and the Avid Online Store. 

    4.   Buy 6.5/10.5 and get 7/11 at No ChargeCustomers that buy a new Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 or NewsCutter 10.5 license or an upgrade to Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 or NewsCutter 10.5 will be eligible to receive an upgrade to the product they have bought - i.e. Media Composer, Media Composer  w/Symphony Option or NewCutter.   

    5.  Protection Program Changes from previous versions - Avid is handling the Protection Program a bit differently with the release of v7/v11. Rather than going by a customers 6.5/10.5 product registration, we will be relying on the date the license or upgrade to 6.5/10.5 was added to their avid.com "My Account", either by an Activation Code /Download Code redemption or an Avid Online Store purchase.

    This means that you won’t have to take any action on launch date to get your free upgrade if eligible.  Customers will just log into their avid.com My Account via the Master Account login https://www.avid.com/US/Account/orientation and the new activation ID and download link will be there.

    The important component here is:

    *  That customer’s need to use the 6.5/10.5 Download Codes they have received from a reseller or Disti purchase or an upgrade between now and the June 30th, 2013. 

    *  Avid Online Store purchases of new units and upgrades will be automatic and the new activation code(s) will be available on launch day.

    Bottom line - if you bought a new license to Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 or NewsCutter 10.5, or an upgrade from a reseller you need to redeem your Download code located on the activation card at http://apps.avid.com/activate/us/  before June 30th, 2013.

    Media Composer 7 Protect FAQ

    6.  Protect Requirements - Three things are required in order to receive an upgrade to v7 /11 at no additional charge:

    1. Purchase a new unit or an upgrade to Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5 or NewsCutter 10.5 on or after April 7, 2013 from the Avid Store or a Reseller 
    2. Register the New unit product (at www.avid.com/support/register).
    3. Redeem your Download Code from your Activation Card kit via your Avid Account at Account.avid.com before June 30th, 2013.   

    Please Note: Customers who purchase from the Avid Web Store do not need to redeem a Download Code as their products are available in their Avid Account at account.avid.com immediately after purchase. These customers still fall under the Protection Program.

    7.   Educational Customers and the Protect Program - Do Education Customers – students, teachers, or institutions – also qualify for the Protect period?  Education customers will also receive an upgrade to the corresponding Education version (student, teacher, institution) of Media Composer 7 when it becomes available. 

    8.   Avid License Control - we continue to use the Avid License Control Utility to activate licenses of Media Composer 7, Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 and upgrades to Media Composer 7, Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 as well as the ScriptSync and PhraseFind options.  This is the same Avid Licensing Control Utility used to activate the new versions as well as PhraseFind and ScriptSync Options.  

    Note: The Avid Licensing Control Utility resides in the Utilities folder and be accessible outside of the editing application.  Customers that forget to deactivate prior to re-imaging their system or moving their license to another commuter can now deactivate manually using the Avid License Control Utility.

    9.   Symphony Option and FAQ - Now an option to add to Media Composer 7, the Symphony Option contains advanced color correction tools for secondary color correction of images as well as relational color correction, formerly only available in Avid Symphony.  The Symphony Option must be activated on top of Media Composer 7 or higher.

    A Symphony FAQ has been posted to the Knowledge Base which addresses a lot of questions relating to this new option.

    Symphony Option FAQ 

    10. PhraseFind and ScriptSync - PhraseFind and ScriptSync for use with v7 (16 digit Activation ID's) have not changed with this release.  Customers who are running version 6/ or 6.5/with one or both of these options should NOT deactivate the option(s) prior to upgrading to Media Composer 7 or Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option. The Avid License Control Utility will port the activation of these Options properly.  For those that wish to use PhraseFind and/or ScritpSync in Trial Mode, they can still do so within the version 7 editing application.      

    • ScriptSync and PhraseFind - 25 digit Serial #'s - works with 5.5/9.5 and earlier
    • ScriptSync and PhraseFind - 16 digit Activation ID's - works with 6/10 and higher  

    11.  Avid Online Store Software Downloads Only - The Avid Online Store will continue to sell software downloads ONLY of Media Composer, Media Composer upgrades and Symphony upgrades until v7 is available. 

    When v7 is available, Media Composer and the Symphony Option be purchased either from the Avid Online Store, from Avid Inside Sales or through an authorized Avid Reseller.  

    Note:  All NewsCutter 11 units and NewsCutter 11.5 upgrades will continue to be sold through Avid directly or from an authorized Avid Reseller.

    12.  Activation Card - Avid Media Composer, the Symphony Option and NewsCutter will continue to be sold with an Activation Card inside a shipping kit  and will no longer will ship with DVD’s and an install guide.  A physical kit will include an “Activation Card” containing a “Download Code” that will be used to redeem for a System ID ( new products only).  Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option will receive 2 activation codes to redeem – One for the editing app and one for the Symphony Option.  

    Upgrades will continue to use the customer’s existing System ID and will receive a new Activation ID/serial number(s) depending on what was purchased to activate the product(s).

    Note:  that serial numbers for the included 3rd party components remain the same under 7/11.

    What does a card look like?

     

     

    How it works:  

    • Customers go to www.avid.com/activationcard and click on the product image they have purchased.
    • The customer is then directed to the "Master Account" log in page where they will enter their "master account" information or create a "new account" if they don’t already have one.
    • If their Master Account login is entered correctly, the customer is then prompted to enter the Download Code located on the back of the Activation Card (located on the back of side of card).
    • The customers account will contain all the entitled software installers, Avid serial number and system ID, 3rd party serial numbers along with a link to the latest ReadMe and Installation documentation.  

    13.  3rd Party Software - With the introduction of Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10, the 3rd party application components were included with the new product or upgrade.  This practice continues with v7/11.  The bundled 3rd party products – Avid DVD, Avid FX, Sorenson Squeeze, and Boris Continuum Complete (Symphony customers only) –have not be updated with v7/11. The same versions that come with 6.5 /10.5 will ship with 7/11, therefore customers taking part in the Protection Program will not see additional serial numbers or licenses in their Avid Accounts.   

     

    Product

    Media Composer 7

    NewsCutter 11

         Symphony Option 

    Avid FX

    Mac & Windows

    Windows  Only

     

        Comes w/ MC 7

    Avid DVD 

    Windows Only

    Windows Only

        Comes w/ MC 7

    Boris Continuum Complete 

     

    Not Included

    Not Included

        Comes with the Symphony Option for       Mac & Windows

    Sorenson Squeeze 

    Mac & Windows

    Windows  Only

        Comes w/ MC 7

    Notes: 

    1.  The individual Production Suite as a standalone kit will not be offered

    2.  The Symphony Option is installed on top of Media Composer 7 therefore the Symphony Option only comes with BCC

    3.  From time to time the 3rd party Applications are updated so you should always check the download center 

         for maintenance updates.

    14.  SW Licensing - New Media Composer 7, Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 units and upgrades to Media Composer 7, Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 will use the same Software Licensing activation scheme as with 6.5/10.5.   

    Read all about it 

    15.  Dongle - Customers that still use a a dongle will trade-in or redeem their new 7/11 Activation ID/serial # at the following link.

    http://www.avid.com/US/support/upgrade/video 

    How to update a dongle:  Customers will enter their system ID, Dongle serial # ( both can be found on the dongle tag) and  new activation ID along with their name and email from the original registration and if all is legit the site will generate a updater.avd file. Instructions along with the dongle manager utility for Mac and Win is still located at www.avid.com/dongle

    16.  Volume Licensing for EDU Institutions - Volume Licensing allows for multiple activations of network connected devices without the need for using separate Software Licensing Activation IDs. This license type is ONLY still available for Educational Institutions. Any Educational Institution who wishes to use Volume Licensing should contact Avid directly.

    17.  Open I/O  - With the release of Media Composer 7, Media Composer 7 with Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11, the 3rd Party Open I/O vendors will most likely have to update their drivers for Avid’s cross-platform SDK. The 3rd Party vendors will continue to host their own web pages outlining Avid compatibility and provide a support grid for hardware feature capabilities within the 7/11 family .  Note that customers will continue to configure all Third Party hardware via a software based Control Panel and the 3rd party partners will be responsible for creating this – so they may look different depending  – and supporting this.

    18.  Support Customers  -  Customers who own Media Composer, Symphony or NewsCutter with a valid Avid Support contract can download the new equivalent editing app - Media Composer 7, Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option and NewsCutter 11 - from the Download Center (login and password required) when the products are available to the general public. 

    Q:  What do customers currently w/ a support contract receive once v7 is available?  

    A:  Support Contract Customers for example will receive Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition via the standard versioner process at no additional charge provided that: 

    • Their support contract is active at the time of the release of Media Composer 7.0
    • Their support contract includes software updates
    • Their support contract was purchased prior to April 7, 2013 

    19.  Academic Customers - Individual Academic Students who purchased and registered a Media Composer v3.5, v4, v5, v5.5, v6, v6.5 academic license are entitled to a free Avid Media Composer 7 upgrade as long as they are still within the 4 year upgrade period and are still in school.  

    Upgrades are obtained here: http://www.avid.com/us/support/upgrade-academic-free

    Important Notes:

    • Institution and faculty/teacher copies do NOT qualify for the 4 years of upgrades.

    • Dongle based Academic systems are NOT eligible for the 4 year upgrades.

    20.  Media Composer and Symphony Option Trial Software

    The Media Composer 7 Trial Software as well as the Symphony Option Trail software will be available at General Availability to the public.  For now only 6.5 will remain in the avid.com site.  The page will still require the prospect to enter in their contact information in order to receive an email with the Trial links

    http://apps.avid.com/media-composer-trial/ 

     

    NEW ADDITIONS  |  May 29,  2013

    21.   OS Requirements

     

    Apple Macintosh and Mac OS X Supported (64-bit):
    * Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion) * Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mt. Lion)
    Windows Operating Systems Supported ( 64-bit):
    * Windows 7 (Professional) * Windows 8 (Professional)

     

    22.  Useful Links

     

    NEW ADDITION | May 30th 2013

    23.  CPU's no longer supported with v7.0 and v11.0

    Avid is announcing that Media Composer v7.0 and NewsCutter v11.0 will no longer support some of the older systems currently supported by Media Composer v6.5 and NewsCutter v10.5.

    The following systems will not be supported with Media Composer v7.0 or NewsCutter v11.0 or higher:

     

     

    * FCS refers to First Customer Shipment
    ** EOL refers to End of Life

    Customers looking to purchase new PC or Mac systems should consider the following CPU specifications:

    • PC: Quad Core i7
    • Mac: Dual Core  i5 or Dual Core i7

    Important Note:  as we get closure to launch ( June 27th ) we will be providing qualified CPU information for both Mac and PC workstations and laptops.

    Support
    Avid Customer Success will continue to support customers running versions of software prior to Media Composer v7.0 and NewsCutter v11.0 on these systems. If a customer choses to run later software releases on one of the systems listed, Avid Customer Success will provide support to the best of their ability but cannot guarantee the resolution of any issues encountered.

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    NEW

     

    24.  Updated Symphony FAQ

    The Symphony FAQ has been Updated with 4 new Q/A Pairs and is posted to the Knowledge Base which addresses a lot of questions relating to this new option.

    Symphony Option FAQ

    New Q/A pairs added are:

     

    Q:  If I upgrade my dongle to Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option, will the system now be backward compatible with older versions of Media Composer? 

    A:  After you redeem both activation ID's (one for Media Composer 7 and one for the Symphony Option) through the Dongle Redemption page, you will receive ONE updater.avd file that will update your existing dongle to Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option. Once updated, the dongle will run:

    ·         Media Composer 7 with the Symphony Option  

    ·         Earlier versions of Media Composer

    ·         Symphony 6.0.4 and Symphony 6.5.3  

    Q: Can I use a dongle or a software license for Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition with earlier versions of Media Composer?

    A: If you wish to use a Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition software license to run an earlier version of Media Composer, you must use the full install of Media Composer 6.5.3 or Media Composer 6.0.4. Only full installs of 6.5.3 and 6.0.4 will recognize and run with a Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition software license. If you wish to use a Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition dongle license, you can use either the full install or the patch upgrade of Media Composer 6.5.3 or Media Composer 6.0.4.

    Q: Can I use a dongle or a software license for Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition with Symphony option with earlier versions of Media Composer or Symphony?

    A: Yes, however it depends on the license type. For a software license, you must use the full install of Media Composer 6.5.3, Media Composer 6.0.4, Symphony 6.5.3, or Symphony 6.0.4. A dongle license will run either a full install or a patch upgrade of Media Composer 6.5.3, Media Composer 6.0.4, Symphony 6.5.3, or Symphony 6.0.4

    Q: Can I use a dongle for Media Composer 7 and a software activation ID for the Symphony Option?

    A:  Yes, you can use both a dongle and a software licensing activation ID if you wish. The Symphony Option is just like the PhraseFind and ScriptSync options in that you can use a dongle license for your Media Composer 7 application and a software license for the Symphony Option. In this scenario, the dongle would run earlier versions of Media Composer 7 but not earlier versions of Symphony. 

    Q: If I use a software license for Media Composer 7 with the Symphony option, can I run earlier versions of Media Composer or Symphony?

    A:  Media Composer 7 uses one activation ID and the Symphony Option uses another activation ID.  The Media Composer 7 activation ID will run Media Composer 6.0.4 and higher and 6.5.3 and higher. To run Symphony 6.0.4 and higher or 6.5.3 and higher, you would need to activate the Symphony Option activation ID with your Media Composer 7 system ID. The same is true if you have a Media Composer 7: Interplay Edition license.

     

    25.  NEW Sony XDCAM and XAVC AMA Plug-in released

    Sony has released plug-in version 2.33.This is an update to their current RAW plugin PLAV-RW1 and is for MC6.x  only.  The main feature is to support our NEX-FS700 camera which supports RAW MXF along with gamma, color space settings.

    http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/pdzk-ma2

    26.  CPU's No longer supported - Updated

    The following systems outlined in the below Knowledge Base article will NOT be qualified for Media Composer 7 or NewsCutter 11.  

    http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/compatibility/Systems-no-longer-qualified-for-Media-Composer-7-and-NewsCutter-11

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    NEW as of 6/26/13

     

    27:  Backward compatibility

    Licensing: The 6.0.4 and 6.5.3 release can be activated using a Media Composer 7.0, NewsCutter 11.0 or Symphony Option Activation ID. To use a Media Composer 7.0, NewsCutter 11.0, or Symphony Option activation ID to license your v6.5.3/10.5.3 system you must use the Full installer. The updated version of the Avid License Control Utility that supports the use of v7.0/11.0 Activation IDs is not a part of the Update installer.

    Software Licensing

    1.  If you have activated Media Composer 7.0 or NewsCutter 11.0, uninstall it without deactivating. Install v6.5.3/10.5.3 using the Full installer. You will be able launch v6.5.3/10.5.3. If you activated the Symphony Option with Media Composer 7.0, you will be able to run Symphony 6.5.3

    2.  If you have not activated Media Composer 7.0 or NewsCutter 11.0 you can use the Activation IDs provided with your v7.0/11.0 purchase to activate v6.5.3/10.5.3. If you purchased the Symphony Option you can enter your Media Composer 7.0 System ID and Symphony Option Activation ID to activate Symphony 6.5.3

    Volume License Server Licenses (for Academic Institutions only)

    1.  If you have upgraded your VLS to Media Composer 7.0 or NewsCutter 11.0, uninstall the client software without deactivating. Install v6.5.3/10.5.3 using the Full installer. You will be able launch v6.5.3/10.5.3. If you activated the Symphony Option for your Media Composer 7.0 seats, you will be able to run Symphony 6.5.3 clients.

    2.  v6.5.3/10.5.3 clients will activate if there are available seats of v7.0/11.0 on the VLS. Symphony 6.5.3 will activate if there are seats of the Symphony Option available.

    Dongles

    1.  A dongle with a v7.0/11.0 license on it will run any previous version. If the Symphony Option is on the dongle, it will activate Symphony 6.5.3.

    28.  3rd party bundle offerings and versions

     

       Media Composer 7.0 and NewsCutter 11.0 ship with:

        - Avid FX 6.3

        - Sorenson - Squeeze 8.5

        - Avid DVD 6.4.4

        - NewBlueFX - Titler Pro v1 (No serial number needed)

        - IZotope - Insight (30 day trial)

       Symphony Option ships with:

        - Boris FX BCC 8.1.1

     

    29.  Update to item 22 above " Usefull links " 

    These "Links" will be live when we launch MC 7 and NC 11 and the Symphony Option;

     

    Media Composer 7 and NewsCutter 11 ReadMe, User Guides, and Documentation

    Media Composer 7 and NewsCutter 11  Protect FAQ

    Symphony Option FAQ

    Activating a Previous License with Media Composer 7 or NewsCutter 11 License

    Avid Configuration Guidelines and Slot Configurations

    Register a Product

    Create an Avid Master Account

    Redeem a Download Code

     

    --------------------- Remember  - As soon as I have additional information I will UPDATE this thread and indicate that the information added is NEW and the date I added it.

    Questions, comments or you need information NOT mentioned in this post - please ping me on email and I will answer and add it to this post or contact one of the moderators and they will get through to me.

    Marianna 

     

     

    Director of CSM | Customer Advocate [view my complete system specs]
  • Fri, Feb 7 2014 5:44 AM In reply to

    Re: New | MC 7 | Everything you want to know....

    we just buy new avid media composer 7, download versioan. did Standalone Interplay Transfer Engine need licences? do you knew how much the price for the licences

     

    Tks,

     

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