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Avid Expands Open Workflow Innovations and Enables Customers to Reduce Editing Time and Costs (1/3/2011)
Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter Now Support AJA Io Express Hardware and External Control Surfaces, Expand Avid Media Access and Avid Nitris DX Capabilities, and Offer New “In-App” Phonetic Searching for Increased Editorial Collaboration
Avid (NASDAQ: AVID) today underscored its leadership position in open media production solutions with the introduction of new versions of its flagship editing systems - Media Composer version 5.5, NewsCutter version 9.5 and Symphony version 5.5 - in response to customer requests for increased third-party hardware support, enhanced “in the box” functionality, and more open, collaborative workflows with added control integration and format flexibility. New features include:
* Support for AJA Io Express input and output interface, offering increased options between accelerated Avid hardware and cost-effective third-party solutions when using Media Composer and NewsCutter systems
“The new AJA support is paramount and just proves Avid is committed to giving us customers what we’ve been asking for,” said Jon Mauldin, director of operations and technology, Fotokem. “Adding support for a third-party hardware device that is so popular with users of other platforms is a direct message about Avid’s open, mixed environment. This started several versions back in Media Composer and continues to expand with the latest iteration bringing even more flexibility and choice.”
Increased Hardware and Control Device Support—More Open, Expanded Workflow Options
Media Composer version 5.5 and NewsCutter version 9.5 both support the popular AJA Io Express, a cost-effective video input and output interface. This adds to the previously announced support for Matrox MX02 Mini monitoring hardware (in Media Composer version 5). Editors can also now leverage Artist Mix, Artist Control and Artist Transport control surfaces (formerly from Euphonix) to handle media transport, and audio and effects parameters within Avid editing systems. The fine adjustment controls and physical interfaces (e.g., sliders) of these external controllers are ideally suited for customers working with projects that require extensive audio manipulation.
Additionally, taking advantage of Avid Nitris DX expandability, customers can now benefit from real-time capture and increased playback streams of Panasonic AVC-Intra material, significantly boosting productivity and accelerating workflows with this process-intensive format.
Expanded AMA, Smart Tool and Search Capabilities—Increase Productivity with Streamlined Editorial
New editorial capabilities in Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony editing systems include:
* Avid PhraseFind powered by Nexidia add-on: enables better storytelling by instantly finding clips within Media Composer bins using the same Nexidia phonetic indexing engine in Avid ScriptSync. The new “type-to-find” interface taps indexed audio material—any word or phrase—for expedited retrieval without a script or transcript, accelerating editing across all program types by finding the right take fast
Additional Features to Meet Customer Needs—Faster Audio/Video Collaboration with Pro Tools Compatibility and Integrated Broadcast Workflows with New Playback Options
* Media Composer is now compatible with Pro Tools hardware for greater workflow flexibility, including audio capture and monitoring of Media Composer projects through Pro Tools hardware and voice-over recording into Media Composer to enable faster collaboration between sound and picture departments
Pricing and Availability
New versions of Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter will ship in the first quarter of 2011. Media Composer Academic version 5.5 is currently available for educational institutions and students (student versions include four years of complimentary upgrades from the date of software activation – see www.avid.com/studentupgrade for details), and £2095 for the professional version. Additionally:
* PhraseFind starts at £395 GBPRP, including one language of choice, with further language packs available for £129 GBPRP each. PhraseFind is currently available in U.S. English, U.K. English and Latin American Spanish. Customers purchasing PhraseFind from the Avid store will be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Media Composer 5.5
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