Avid have announced that their DS solutions have reached the end of their lives and will be withdrawn from sale on September 30th, 2013 (the support desk for existing DS systems will stay open til September 30th 2014, though, which is reassuring).
“Avid would like to take this opportunity to thank our DS customer community for your business over the years,” said the company in its official statement. “You, as our industry’s largest and most inspirational and passionate thought leaders, innovators, and storytellers have kept Avid at the forefront of creative and workflow best industry practices. We thank you for your dedication and loyalty to Avid. Over the past few years, we have been advancing key technology components into our proven and trusted Media Composer and Symphony products. We feel that our industry leading solutions – built on an open platform – allow for some of the best technology in the business to seamlessly interop with Media Composer.”
Which we think translates to, thanks very much, but it’s time to buy Media Composer with a Symphony option and take a long hard look at Avid Interplay. If you’re worried about the DS-shaped hole this’ll leave in your workflow, you’ll be pleased to hear that Avid have worked out an exclusive deal with eyeon software which means that DS customers will get Fusion software at a reduced price.
As well as the usual Fusion toolkit, eyeon will also give you special pricing on Optical Flow and shot fixing, stereo toolset Dimension (apparently used by Alan Bell ACE to fix discarded shots from The Amazing Spider-Man), and Generation, “eyeon’s visual front-end collaboration and workflow connector.”
If that sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry. Avid are adding Fusion to their ‘Get started fast’ forum for new users, so you can get plenty of tips there, and eyeon have online manuals to guide wary new “Fusioneers”.