Avid Technologies Upgrade Media Composer 5.5 with Production Suite

Avid Technologies Upgrade Media Composer 5.5 with Production Suite

Avid Technologies Upgrade Media Composer 5.5 with Production Suite

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Product Highlights

  • Upgrades Avid DV, Xpress and MC 3 or 4
  • Real-Time HD Video Editing
  • PC & Mac
  • Native QuickTime, Canon MPEG-2 Editing
  • Native RED, XDCAM HD, DVC PRO HD Editing
  • Direct AVCHD Import / Mix & Match Media
  • Full-Quality HD-RGB Processing
  • Advanced Effects, Color Correction
  • Boris Continuum, Sonicfire Pro 5.5
  • Sorenson Squeeze 6
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  • 1Description

Avid's Upgrade Media Composer 5.5 with Production Suite is a professional nonlinear editing system that provides a comprehensive and powerful set of creative editing tools for even the most challenging film or video production. Long a staple of the motion picture industry, this fast, versatile software offers real-time HD editing, file-based workflows, cutting-edge features, and media management you can count on.

In this latest version, Media Composer adds native support of RED and QuickTime formats (including Apple ProRes and .mov files captured by Canon's DSLRs), Canon's new 4:2:2 MPEG-2 codec, support for Matrox MXO2 Mini external monitoring, direct AVCHD import, and a host of other new features. Now you can edit practically any tapeless format instantly, without the need for transcoding.

Ideal for offline, file-based, and mobile editing, Media Composer 5 is used for editing films, TV programs, short-form videos, and pretty much any other media you can come up with. The included Production Suite puts an even wider range of tools at your disposal: Avid FX, Boris Continuum, SmartSound Sonicfire Pro, and Sorenson Squeeze together deliver stunning 2D and 3D titles and effects, music loops, nearly 200 filters, and multi-format export for delivery to disc or the Web. Mac or PC, in the studio or in the field--edit where you want and how you want, with the most powerful editing system around.

To be eligible to use this upgrade, you must own one of the following (shippable box version only): Media Composer 4.x to 5, pre-4.x or Xpress Pro/DV to 5.

What's New
  • Directly access and edit RED files through AMA, without transcoding (images are scaled to HD frame size)
  • Work natively with QuickTime video formats, including Apple ProRes and H.264
  • Edit video and audio by dragging and dropping elements in the timeline
  • Keep high-end finishing projects in-house and gain great color precision with HD-RGB support (including dual-link I/O support with Nitris DX systems)
  • Monitor video externally with support for the Matrox MXO2 Mini
  • Mix and match frame sizes and aspect ratios--in addition to formats, frame rates, and resolutions--in the same timeline
  • Take a break during long renders and have your system email you when the job's done
  • Import AVCHD files directly from cameras and other devices
  • Capture to and edit XDCAM HD and DVC PRO HD formats from baseband without additional hardware
  • Access low-res XDCAM proxies for offline work, with full-quality audio
  • Import text-based ancillary data and embed it in the video signal with the new "Data Track" and SMPTE 436M support using Nitris DX- and Mojo DX-based systems
  • View stereo audio tracks as single channels in the timeline for easier handling
  • Create high-quality sounds and mixes with support for RTAS audio processing plug-ins
  • Natively access and edit 4:2:2 MPEG-2 media from the new Canon cameras using AMA
In the Box
Avid Technologies Upgrade Media Composer 5.5 with Production Suite
  • Media Composer
  • EDL Manager
  • FilmScribe
  • Interplay Transfer
  • Log Exchange
  • MediaLog
  • MetaFuze
  • MetaSync Manager
  • Avid DVD by Sonic
  • Avid FX
  • Boris Continuum Complete
  • SmartSound Sonicfire Pro
  • Sorenson Squeeze
  • Basics Guide
  • Advanced Effects Guide
  • Avid Resource Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    System Requirements Windows
    • Computer: Avid-qualified Windows-based computer or laptop (see details)
    • OS: Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista Business SP2 (64-bit), Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM recommended; Windows Vista requires 4 GB of RAM)
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX family** (FX 560 or higher)
    • Internal Hard Drive: Minimum 80 GB 7200 rpm hard disk
    • Optical Drive: DVD drive for disc-based software installation

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

    Mac

    • Computer: Avid-qualified Mac-based computer or laptop* (see details)
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 (Snow Leopard)
    • Processor: Intel Dual or Intel Dual Core 2.66 GHz Xeon processor or faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz processor or faster (laptops)
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM recommended)
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce family**
    • Internal Hard Drive: Minimum 80 GB 7200 rpm hard disk
    • Optical Drive: DVD drive for disc-based software installation

    *NewsCutter is available for Windows only.
    **Full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory.

    Video SD
    1:1 interlaced 8-bit
    1:1 interlaced 10-bit
    1:1 progressive 8-bit

    HD
    1:1 8-bit (no capture)
    1:1 10-bit (no capture)
    YUV 4:2:2
    RGB 4:4:4 (via dual link HD-SDI)

    Formats NTSC
    23.976p
    24p
    30i

    PAL
    24p
    25i
    25p

    HD - 720
    720p/23.976
    720p/25
    720p/29.97
    720p/50
    720p/59.94

    HD - 1080
    1080p/23.976
    1080p/24
    1080p/25
    1080p/29.97 (Symphony only)
    1080i/59.94
    1080i/50

    Codecs Avid DNxHD
    All DNxHD formats (review the DNxHD Technology white paper for details)

    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)

    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 (19Mb/s) - 720p
    Sony HDV (25Mb/s)
    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, 720p59.94
    Capture over IEEE-1394, edit, playback, export to file without timecode (export not for 24p material)

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

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

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

    Panasonic DVCPRO (HD)
    DVCPRO HD - 100 Mb/s
    AVC-Intra (no encode from baseband over HD-SDI)
    Native project formats: 1080i/59.94, 1080i/50, 720p/59.94, 720p/25, 720p/23.976

    QuickTime
    ProRes
    Any QuickTime-compatible movie (playback performance dependent on codec, frame size, and hardware configuration)
    Full metadata support

    RED
    R3D (frame sizes scaled to HD)
    RLX support
    Full metadata support

    Sony XDCAM (SD)
    DV - 25 Mb/s
    IMX30 - 30 Mb/s
    IMX40 - 40 Mb/s
    IMX50 - 50 Mb/s

    Sony XDCAM EX
    MPEG - 25 Mb/s CBR
    MPEG - 35 Mb/s VBR

    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

    File Support AMA (Avid Media Access)
    With AMA you get the fastest tapeless workflows from shoot to edit, including full native end-to-end support for XDCAM HD, and full native support (including metadata integration and card/disc support) for P2, XDCAM-HD/EX, and GFCAM formats.

    Sony XDCAM EX / XDCAM HD
    Full native direct access to XDCAM Media and metadata
    Native editing of all listed SD and HD data rates (see Native Codec Support)
    Import via File Access Mode (FAM) over IEEE-1394
    Ingest via FTP client over Ethernet
    Ingest, Playout and Write-back of finished program to XDCAM media

    RED 
    Full native direct access to RED (.R3D) media and metadata (frame size scaled to HD)
    Native editing of all listed formats (see Native Codec Support)
    Direct edit of RED (.R3D) files from a RED-FLASH card or RED-DRIVE

    QuickTime
    Full native direct access to QuickTime media and metadata
    Native editing of all listed formats (see Native Codec Support)
    Direct edit of QuickTime movie files

    Panasonic P2
    Full native direct access to P2 Media and metadata
    Native DVCPRO HD editing of all listed HD formats (see Native Codec Support)
    Direct edit of P2 media from cards or disk drive
    Support for P2 Store
    Write-back of finished program to P2 media (Windows only)

    Ikegami GFCAM
    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

    Connectivity PCI-E (audio/video I/O)
    RS-422 (serial machine control)
    Soundcard audio input
    Soundcard audio output
    Graphics card output (full-screen video playback)

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