Avid Media Composer 8 (Standard, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)

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Avid Media Composer 8 (Standard, Annual Subscription, Activation Card)
Key Features
  • Native Support of SD, HD, 4K, and Higher
  • Edit Most Codecs Using AMA
  • Improved Stereo 3D Support Over MC7
  • Edit 4K+ Footage Immediately in HD
Avid Media Composer 8 is a 64-bit non-linear editing system that allows you to work – without transcoding – with most file formats and resolutions, including SD, HD, stereoscopic (3D), 4K, and beyond. It also features built-in effects, transitions, and titling tools. With Media Composer 8, you can mix and match different formats, frame rates, and resolutions in the same timeline without rendering. Media Composer 8 features Full 4:4:4 HD RGB support, color correction tools, and ProRes encoding (Mac version only). You can install your choice of the Mac or Windows version.
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Avid 9935-65752-00 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2What's New for Version 8.4
  • 3Editing
  • 4Workflow
  • 5Audio, Color Correction, and Finishing
  • 6Bundled Software
  • 7What's New for Version 8

Avid Media Composer 8 is a 64-bit non-linear editing system that allows you to work – without transcoding – with most file formats and resolutions, including SD, HD, stereoscopic (3D), 4K, and beyond. It also features built-in effects, transitions, and titling tools. With Media Composer 8, you can mix and match different formats, frame rates, and resolutions in the same timeline without rendering. Media Composer 8 features Full 4:4:4 HD RGB support, color correction tools, and ProRes encoding (Mac version only). You can install your choice of the Mac or Windows version.

Featuring built-in support for stereoscopic/3D footage, Media Composer 8 is a full-fledged stereoscopic editing system. It is also compatible with a wide range of effects plug-ins. It features a multicam editing mode for cutting between 9 cameras simultaneously. For audio support, Media Composer features built-in 7.1 surround sound support and audio mixing of up to 64 audio voices. It also features improved audio keyframing on the timeline and supports Pro Tools RTAS plug-ins. It supports available Avid and non-Avid hardware I/O cards and devices and includes access to the Media Composer | Symphony Option, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, NewBlue Titler Pro v1, Sorenson Squeeze, EDL Manager, and FilmScribe.

Note:
This version is a standard, 1-year subscription license of the latest version of Media Composer 8. After your purchase, you'll receive an activation card with a serial number and download instructions. The license can be extended after the first year.

What's New for Version 8.4

Editing

    Full 64-Bit Power
    The 64-bit architecture of Media Composer provides more processing power, larger editing bins, and a smoother editing experience with less waiting than with a 32-bit system.

    Work With Virtually Any Media
    File-based media, 2K, 4K, and 5K footage, analog and digital tape, stereoscopic 3D material, film - Media Composer supports it all. With diverse editing tools and a wide range of features, workflows, and options you can work with nearly everything, from old-school media to the latest camera technologies. Plus, you can work in HD from a high-res source without having to transcode or resize files.

    No Transcoding with AMA
    With AMA (Avid Media Access), you can instantly access and edit file-based media, including ARRI ALEXA MXF, RED (EPIC, SCARLET-X, and ONE) files, AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formats.

    Editor-Focused Tools
    Trim and manipulate on the fly using the Smart Tool, or perform ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline without rendering. And edit HD material in real time using Avid DNxHD or DNxHD 444.

    Edit 3D
    Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D footage. Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. In addition, you can mix and match 2D and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track, and it features full-fledged editing tools and video effects for stereoscopic post production.

    Workflow

      Accelerate Performance with Avid Hardware
      Pair Media Composer with a Nitris DX or Mojo DX video interface - both separately available - for the fastest possible workflow when ingesting and editing certain formats. You can even customize Nitris DX with up to two Avid DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips to fully support stereoscopic 3D and HD RGB 4:4:4 workflows.

      Third-Party I/O Support
      Media Composer also supports many third-party video capture and outputs cards, including those from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU.

      Avid Marketplace
      Browse for stock footage, plug-ins, hardware, and more - right from within Media Composer.

      Audio, Color Correction, and Finishing

        Audio
        With built-in audio recording, editing, and mixing tools you can:
        • Record and monitor voiceovers, overdubs, and more using select, separately available Avid audio interfaces
        • Edit and mix in up to 7.1 surround sound
        • Polish sounds with 20 included AIR effects - the same plug-ins that come with Pro Tools
        • Expand your sound with compressors, reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from the Avid Marketplace

        Color Correction and Grading
        A fully integrated 10-bit color correction toolset lets you:
        • Quickly and accurately match colors from shot to shot using NaturalMatch
        • Gain better color precision with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing
        • Get fine control over shots with animatable color correction
        • Speed up your color work with Artist Color

        Transcode and Export
        With Sorenson Squeeze Lite included, you can optimize media for the playback-online or on disc. Prepare and optimize content in a variety of formats, including HD, DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Flash, and 3GPP.

        Broadcast AS-02/AS-11 File-based Output
        Support for AS-02/AS-11 MXF formats through AMA means you can manage multiple versions of the same sequence easily, as the AS-02/AS-11 container packs everything into a single bundle without duplicating assets, saving storage space. Seamlessly move content between Avid and other systems that support the formats. Use JPEG 2000, DNxHD, IMX, AVC-Intra, and uncompressed media in your versioning/archive workflow. And because the formats are open industry standards, you'll eliminate time wasted on repackaging content.

        Bundled Software

          Media Composer | Symphony Option, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, FilmScribe, NewBlue Titler Pro v1, EDL Manager

          Media Composer | Symphony Option
          With the Symphony Option you gain access to a full suite of advanced color correction tools. These tools allow you greater control over your image and more flexibility and speed in completing the color correction process.

          FilmScribe
          Helps manage the complex metadata associated with film and digital cinema workflows, beyond what a simple CMX EDL (edit decision list) can offer.

          EDL Manager
          Allows you to export timecode metadata for use in third party applications.

          NewBlue Titler Pro v1
          Allows you to create dynamic 2D and 3D titles to add visual value to your projects.

          Boris Continuum Complete Lite
          Effects software allowing you to create 2D and 3D motion graphics.

          What's New for Version 8

            New Application Manager
            Lets you see what Avid software, AMA plug-ins, and related third-party applications you have installed on your system. Get notified when new updates, upgrades, and renewals are available. Activate and download new software, updates, and upgrades from the interface. And if you're interested in a new product or upgrade, you can even see if a software trial is available to try it out first. It will even alert you about special offers, upcoming webinars, and events.

            Workflow Acceleration with FrameFlex Tools
            Allows you can immediately start working in HD directly from high-res sources, such as 4K, and maintain full creative control of the image reframing and keyframing, from beginning to end. In addition, 1D/3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) and Color Decision Lists (CDLs) make it simpler to perform real-time RAW and LogC to Rec. 709 color space conversions.

            Automated Media Management
            Gain more time for creativity with new features that accelerate and simplify file-based workflows. With Dynamic Media Folders, non-creative media tasks such as transcoding, copying, and consolidating can be automated in the background, without disrupting your editorial flow.

            Edit and Collaborate Remotely in Real Time
            Edit, share, tag, track, and sync media and projects with everyone on your editing team. No matter where you are in the world, Media Composer enables you to connect to Interplay Production systems through Media Composer Cloud. What's more, you can edit just as efficiently as you would if you were all at the home facility, using the same familiar tools and workflows.

            Master Audio Fader
            You can insert RTAS plug-ins to tweak tones and optimize the overall program loudness, making broadcast regulation adherence quick and easy. You can also now make audio adjustments to any clip directly in the timeline-independently of any track-based automation with the Clip Gain control.

            Improved Pro Tools Interoperability
            Video Satellite is now included with Media Composer, enabling audio editors and mixers to play Avid HD and SD video sequences directly in sync with their Pro Tools session, while maintaining full system power.

            Additional New Features

            • Create cut lists and EDLs from within Media Composer
            • Do multicam editing in stereoscopic 3D
            • Get 9-way real-time multicam support for Long GOP (XDCAM) media
            • Select multiple clips in the timeline without the filler
            • Edit without interruption with new audio waveform caching
            • View location sound metadata from Broadcast Wave files with support for iXML
            • Deliver finished sequences to a standardized AS-11 (AMWA) MXF OP1a file
            • Work with Alpha channel media using the new AMA QuickTime with Alpha plug-in

             

            Avid 9935-65752-00 Specs

            Media
            Native Codec SupportAvid DNxHD 444
            All DNxHD 444 Formats

            Avid DNxHD
            All DNxHD formats

            Avid Compressed SD Resolutions
            AVR (playback only)
            15:1s, 4:1s, 2:1s
            20:1, 10:1, 3:1, 2:1
            35:1p, 28:1p, 14:1p, 3:1p, 2:1p
            4:1m, 10:1m, 3:1m(p), 8:1m(p)

            Avid Proxy Formats
            Interplay MPEG-2 proxy, MPEG-4 proxy, 720p H.264 proxy (transcode service only)

            Canon XF
            50 Mb/s, 4:2:2

            DV
            DV25 / DVCAM (25 Mb/s): 4:1:1 NTSC, 4:1:1 PAL, 4:2:0 PAL, 24p
            DV50 (50 Mb/s)

            HDV
            JVC HDV (19 Mb/s) 720p
            Sony HDV (25 Mb/s) 1080 @ 24p/25/50i/59.94i
            Canon HDV 1080 at 24p/50i/59.94i
            Native project formats: 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/23.976 (with support for 24p material), 720p/25, 720p/29.97, 720p/50, 720/59.94
            Capture over IEEE-1394, edit, playback, export to file without timecode

            Ikegami GFCAM
            GFCAM 50 Mb/s
            GFCAM 100 Mb/s

            JVC ProHD
            Microsoft VC-1: VC-1 (edit/playback on Intel Macs only)

            Panasonic AVC-Intra

            Panasonic DVCPRO (SD)
            DVCPRO 25 Mb/s
            DVCPRO50 50 Mb/s

            Panasonic DVCPRO HD
            DVCPRO HD 100 Mb/s
            AVC-Intra (baseband capture over HD-SDI requires AVC-Intra encoding module with Avid Nitris DX-sold separately)
            Native project formats: 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/50, 720p/25, 720p/23.976

            ProRes
            ProRes encode (Mac only) and decode
            Full metadata support

            Sony XDCAM (SD)
            DV 25 Mb/s
            IMX30 30 Mb/s
            IMX40 40 Mb/s
            IMX50 50 Mb/s
            Full ancillary data support through AMA

            Sony XDCAM EX
            MPEG 25 Mb/s CBR
            MPEG 35 Mb/s VBR
            Full ancillary data support through AMA

            Sony XDCAM HD
            MPEG 18 Mb/s VBR
            MPEG 25 Mb/s VBR
            MPEG 25 Mb/s CBR
            MPEG 35 Mb/s VBR
            MPEG 50 Mb/s CBR
            MPEG-4 Proxies
            Full ancillary data support through AMA
            Supported A/V Plug-In FormatsAudio
            RTAS (Real-Time AudioSuite)
            AudioSuite

            Video
            AMA (Avid Media Access)
            AVX 2 (Avid Video Extension)
            Uncompressed SD and HD VideoSD
            1:1 interlaced 8/10-bit
            1:1 progressive 8/10-bit

            HD
            1:1 8/10-bit
            YUV 4:2:2
            RGB 4:4:4 (via dual link HDSDI)
            File-Based SupportARRI ALEXA MXF

            AVCHD
            Full native direct access to AVCHD media and metadata
            Native editing of all listed formats

            Canon XF
            Full native direct access to Canon XF media and metadata
            Native editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")

            Ikegami GFCAM
            Supports MXFand OP-Atom Wrapper
            Full native direct access to GFCAM material and metadata
            Native GFCAM editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")
            Direct edit of GFCAM media from GFPAK cards or disk drive

            JVC ProHD

            MXF
            Full native direct access to MXF media and metadata
            Native editing of all formats

            Panasonic P2
            Supports MXF and OP-Atom Wrapper Full native direct access to P2 media and metadata
            Native DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra editing of all listed HD formats
            Direct edit of P2 media from cards or disk drive
            Support for P2 Store
            Write-back of finished program to P2 media (Windows only)

            QuickTime
            Full native direct access to QuickTime media and metadata (including Canon 5D and 7D media)
            Full native ProRes encode (Mac only) and decode support
            Native editing of all listed formats (see "Native Codec Support")
            Direct edit of QuickTime movie files

            RED
            Full native direct access to RED (.R3D) media and metadata (frame size scaled to HD)
            Full native direct access to RED ONE, EPIC, SCARLET-X (5K/4.5K/3K2K RAW, 1080p RGB, and 720p RGB) material
            Native editing of all listed formats
            Direct edit of RED (.R3D) files from a RED-FLASH card or RED-DRIVE

            Sony HDCAM SR / HDCAM SR Lite / HDCAM SR-SQ
            Full native direct access to HDCAM SR Lite media and metadata
            Native editing of all listed HD data rates (see "Native Codec Support")

            Sony XDCAM / XDCAM EX / XDCAM HD / HD420
            Supports MXF and OP-1A Wrappers for all but XDCAM EX; XDCAM EX supports MP4 wrapper
            Full native direct access to XDCAM media and metadata
            Support for optical media and SxS cards
            Native editing of all listed SD and HD data rates (see "Native Codec Support")
            Full ancillary data support
            Import via File Access Mode (FAM) over IEEE-1394
            Ingest via FTP client over Ethernet
            Play-out and Write-back of finished program to XDCAM media
            System Requirements
            ComputerAvid-qualified Windows- or Mac-based computer.
            Operating System64-bit OS: Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise), Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise) or Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1)

            Mac OS X 10.9.5 or 10.10.x or 10.11.x (with Media Composer 8.4.1)

            Note: Avid does not supply support for non-Avid-qualified systems.
            ProcessorIntel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
            Memory4 GB RAM minimum (6+ GB recommended)
            8 GB RAM minimum required to support Interplay Sphere, background transcoding, and Dynamic Media Folders
            16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4 K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
            Graphics CardMac
            Nvidia GeForce family (recommended), Intel HD4000, or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple)

            Windows
            NVIDIA Quadro FX family3 (Q600 or higher recommended), Intel HD4000
            Internal Hard DriveMinimum 250 GB, 7,200 rpm SATA drive or 128 GB SSD
            CompatibilityQuickTime: Avid has tested and qualified Apple QuickTime X for Mac users and QuickTime 7.6.9 for Windows users
            Windows Media Player: Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 is required to export certain formats and to work with VC-1 material
            Packaging Info
            Package Weight0.1 lb
            Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.4 x 5.4 x 0.2"
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