Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 (Standard, Perpetual, Direct Download)

Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 & FilmLight Baselight Editions Kit

Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 & FilmLight Baselight Editions Kit

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Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 & FilmLight Baselight Editions Kit

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  • Integrated Editing and Grading Solution
  • Work Fully from Media Composer Timeline
  • Plug-In Version of Standard Baselight
  • Advanced Grading with Unlimited Layers
  • Variable Feathering
  • Point Area Tracking
  • Control Surface Support, and More
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This B&H Kit combines Avid Media Composer 8 and FilmLight Baselight Editions, which work together as a tightly integrated editing and color grading solution.

Baselight Editions is the plug-in version of the standard Baselight and offers advanced grading with unlimited layers, variable feathering, point area tracking, and much more. It also supports various control surfaces. You'll be able to use it live and fluidly interactive in the Medic Composer timeline.

  • Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 (Standard, Perpetual, Direct Download)

    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, perpetual (non-subscription) license of the latest version of Media Composer 8. With your purchase, you'll be able to directly download and activate the software right away.

    What's New for Version 8.4

      Custom Projects
      Avid now supports projects ranging from 256 x 120 to 8192 by 8192. Stereoscopic projects must have a height divisible by 4 and width divisible by 8. Custom project sizes can be saved as presets.

      Terminology Changes
      AMA is now referenced as Link in the editing application. All import and export settings for scaling of color levels from full range (RGB) to legal range (video) have been updated with more intuitive terminology.

      Adapter Display in Timeline
      The source side adapters icons are now represented individually so that you can quickly see which adapter has been applied to the clip. The display of these icons can be turned on/off individually.

      Refresh Sequence All
      The More tab of the Command Palette now has a Refresh Sequence ALL button that can be added to your Timeline toolbar and mapped to your keyboard.

      AAX Factory Presets
      The editing application supports Pro Tools presets for audio track effects.

      Alpha Support for QuickTime Wrapped DNxHR
      This release includes Alpha support for QuickTime-wrapped DNxHR media.

      Inactive Audio Tracks
      You can choose to include inactive audio tracks in the export process.

      Transcoding Media
      In previous releases, you could transcode with the media's original frame rate only when working with greater than HD projects. With this release, it now also applies to SD and HD projects.

      Deleting AMA Metadata Files
      You can now delete metadata files associated with linked master clips.

      Four Channel Audio Monitoring Options
      Additional options have been added to the Audio Mixer tool that tell the editing application the number and position of speakers connected to your workstation. The output of the sequence set in the Sequence Mix Mode is mixed into the speakers available according to one of these modes.

      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

         

        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.
              • FilmLight Baselight Editions (Download)

                Consisting of Baselight for Avid, Baselight for Final Cut Pro 7, and Baselight for NUKE, FilmLight Baselight Editions provides the same core toolset as the standalone Baselight system, with the same graphical user interface, but as a plug-in for Media Composer/Symphony, Final Cut Pro 7, and NUKE. You get one license that allows you to use Baselight in all three hosts at the same time as long as they are on the same computer. Baselight Editions share the same data structures as the standalone Baselight system and allow projects to seamlessly be transferred and shared between users and facilities.

                Work directly in the Avid/FCP/NUKE timeline in a flexible, tightly integrated workflow. Enjoy unlimited layers of colors, grading inside and outside mattes, variable feathering, point tracking, and area tracking -- all live and fluidly interactive on the timeline. Baselight for Avid is compatible with Mac and Windows Avid hosts, and Baselight for NUKE works in Mac, Windows, and Linux NUKE versions.

                Key Features

                Layer Blending
                Blend the output of a previous layer into the current layer by any amount you choose and using any of the available Photoshop-style blend modes, such as Mix, Add, Lighten, Darken, Overlay, Screen, and others.

                Instant Grade Recall
                The Scratchpad is designed for fast and simple saving and retrieval of looks (or grade stacks). Grab versions of stacks, cycle through Scratchpad slots, compare two versions, or show all versions for a quick, at-a-glance view of the Scratchpad contents.

                Support for Control Surfaces
                Baselight Editions support the optional FilmLight Slate grading control surface, which can be completely customized to your preferred way of working using the FilmLight Chalk application. Baselight Editions also supports the Avid Artist Color, Tangent Element, and Tangent Wave panels.

                Unlimited Layers of Color
                Baselight can be applied to any or all clips in your timeline allowing you to add multiple grading layers to each shot. There is no limit to the number of layers you can stack, allowing you to build up complex corrections to obtain the exact look you require.

                Built-In Keyers and Matte Generation
                Two separate grading or filter effects can be applied inside and outside of a matte, within any layer of a Baselight grading stack. Mattes are generated using a combination of built-in luma/chroma/3D keyers, bezier shapes, and various modifiers, allowing full adjustment of roll-off, softness, choking, and more. Baselight also provides variable shape feathering, so shapes can have differential softness, but without ever suffering from folding and edging.

                Color Space Management
                Baselight's Truelight Color Spaces allow color space conversions to be performed with the speed, accuracy, and dynamic range permitted by native floating-point GPU functionality. They can be defined externally of Baselight formats, and have a powerful function set that allows complex transforms generally only possible with 3D LUT mechanisms.

                GPU Scopes
                Baselight includes built-in Vectorscope, RGB Parade, YCbCr Parade, and Luma Waveform displays plus a high-precision Histogram. Accurate levels are displayed along with an indication of 'illegal' colors. Each scope can be displayed within the Baselight UI.

                Automated Tracking
                Baselight's automatic tracking system provides several options so you can track objects throughout a shot: one-point, two-point, or the area-based tracker. The area tracker allows you to define an area in the image rather than individual points and the system will accurately track the translation, rotation, and scale of the object.
              • Avid Technologies Media Composer 8 (Standard, Perpetual, Direct Download)
                Media
                Native Codec Support Avid 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 Formats Audio
                RTAS (Real-Time AudioSuite)
                AudioSuite

                Video
                AMA (Avid Media Access)
                AVX 2 (Avid Video Extension)
                Uncompressed SD and HD Video SD
                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 Support ARRI 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
                Computer Avid-qualified Windows- or Mac-based computer.
                Operating System 64-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.
                Processor Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
                Memory 4 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 Card Mac
                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

                NVIDIA cards are recommended; full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory.

                Internal Hard Drive Minimum 250 GB, 7,200 rpm SATA drive or 128 GB SSD
                Compatibility QuickTime: 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
              • FilmLight Baselight Editions (Download)
                Host Compatibility Avid Media Composer and Symphony (Mac/Win)
                Apple Final Cut Pro 7 (Mac)
                The Foundry NUKE (Mac/Win/Linux)
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