What’s new in Media Composer and Symphony?

Now that we’ve had a chance to see Media Composer 6.5 and Symphony 6.5 in action, we’ve decided it’s time to round up the new features and make sure everyone knows what’s what when it comes to Interplay Sphere, Avid Media Authoring and the new, box-free delivery method.

Remote editing with Interplay Sphere

Interplay Sphere’s remote editing workflow now supports Windows-based NewsCutter and Media Composer users. The idea behind Sphere is that it allows production crews in the field (ENG crews, documentary makers, filmmakers with dailies to share) to connect to an Interplay Sphere server via a high bandwidth communications link, put their footage on that server and then work on it with editors or other collaborators back at the studio.

Most of the heavy lifting in the Sphere environment is done by the server, meaning that crew members can work from a laptop rather than waiting for access to a more complete solution, or having to lug their entire setup out onto location. There is a fair bit of hardware needed to get that server up and running, though, so we’d recommend getting in touch with the team for a chat before committing to an Interplay workflow.

Audio keyframe enhancements, timeline edits and dynamic relinking

You can now create multiple audio keyframes, select the lot from the timeline and copy them all to a different clip or a different area of the same clip.

Other time saving tweaks include the ability to relink to multiple QuickTIme AMA files, rather than having to relink to each individually, and to dynamically relink clips on the timeline to their source media if it’s available over Interplay.

The new-found ability to toggle in and out of hardware mode means that you can access software-only features (full screen mode for playback of a finished project, say) or nip into a program like After Effects and use your control panel on that instead. Media Composer 6.5 also lets you edit titles (but not marquees) directly on the timeline.

New format support

VC1 support may be gone, but to make up for it you now receive full support for the JPEG 2000 (J2K) resolution, DNxHD 100 files, Active Format Description to allow for easier image resizing and the space-saving AS-02 specification, which allows you to group multiple versions of a product into a single bundle to save space and speed up exports. For example, you can bundle a single video track with audio tracks for different languages and export the lot, rather than having to export several seperate video-audio combos.

Remote editing with Interplay Sphere

Interplay Sphere’s remote editing workflow now supports Windows-based NewsCutter and Media Composer users. The idea behind Sphere is that it allows production crews in the field (ENG crews, documentary makers, filmmakers with dailies to share) to connect to an Interplay Sphere server via a high bandwidth communications link, put their footage on that server and then work on it with editors or other collaborators back at the studio.

Most of the heavy lifting in the Sphere environment is done by the server, meaning that crew members can work from a laptop rather than waiting for access to a more complete solution, or having to lug their entire setup out onto location. There is a fair bit of hardware needed to get that server up and running, though, so we’d recommend getting in touch with the team to ensure that the rest of your Avid workflow is up to scratch before committing to an Interplay workflow.

No box!

Maybe it’s a money thing, maybe it’s because they love the environment, but either way Avid are doing away with boxed versions and sending out activation cards and codes instead. These will allow you to download and activate the latest version of your software without the need for another annoying install disc.

Want to know more about the latest Media Composer upgrades? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or Like’ our Facebook page.

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