Over at the Avid-L2 list, there are some details about Media Composer 6 that were accidentally (?) leaked by Avid. A lot of this info was previously known, no real bombshells here. Some features of interest to me were the AMA updates for AVCHD and ProRes.

Info quoted below…

New features and workflows

Full 64-bit power
Fast gets even faster with native 64-bit operation, so even when you layer
together the most complex effects, things will still feel snappy. Experience
smoother playback, faster rendering performance, and better handling with large
bins—and say goodbye to the old memory limitations of the 32-bit operating
systems. (Still need 32-bit? Learn more about Media Composer 5.5)

Better performance—and 3D—with Avid hardware
For the fastest capture/edit/monitor/output workflows, pair Media Composer with
a Nitris DX or Mojo DX video interface and experience hardware-accelerated power
that’s second to none. You can now 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.

Open for business
Media Composer is now fully open thanks to Avid Open I/O, so you can work with
your choice of Avid audio and video interfaces or third-party video interfaces,
including those from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox, and MOTU.
Manufacturers can simply create plug-ins using Avid Open I/O to have their
hardware work with Media Composer, meaning you’ll have even more choices to
come. See all supported hardware.

Sleek new look and Avid Marketplace
Modern, smart, and sexy. Media Composer has a whole new look, but its familiar
editing workflow stays the same (watch the video). Work faster through the
tabbed interface (no more window clutter!). Customize window configurations with
Workspaces. Browse the Avid Marketplace for stock footage, video and audio
plug-ins, software and hardware options, training materials, and more—right
from within the app. You can even access user guides and other documentation
without having to scour our website.

Work with 3D
Edit stereoscopic 3D material as quickly and easily as you do with standard 2D
footage, with a full set of new features and workflows (watch the video).
Capture, edit, and manage the complete 3D end-to-end workflow. Mix and match 2D
and stereoscopic 3D clips on the same track. Plus, work with full frame and
frame-compatible sources, full-fledged editing tools, video effects, and more.

Go hands-on with Artist Color
Accelerate your color correcting and grading with Artist Color (watch the
video). With its highly responsive feel, you can keep your eyes on the picture
instead of the interface while you make adjustments. And since you can tweak
multiple parameters at once, you dramatically gain more speed and efficiency to
complete time-consuming tasks quickly.

Mix in surround sound
You want your audio to sound as spectacular as your video looks. Now you can
record, edit, and mix studio-quality audio in up to 7.1 surround—right in
Media Composer. Not only that, you can share mixes with Pro Tools editors (using
AAF), and even record and monitor audio using a host of Avid audio interfaces.

Edit faster and easier than ever

Open to anything
You never know what kinds of media, projects, and people will arrive at your
desk or doorstep. That’s why Media Composer offers an open workflow, so you
can take on whatever challenge awaits. Work with practically any media format,
including tape and film. Capture and monitor with your choice of Avid and
third-party interfaces. Accelerate editing with Artist Series control surfaces.
Integrate into any professional production pipeline. Sync projects with Pro
Tools editors using Video Satellite. And take your offline online to Symphony or
Avid DS—without redoing work.

Experience the “waitless” workflow
With AMA (Avid Media Access), you can instantly access and edit file-based
media—including new RED/RED EPIC, new AVCHD, ProRes, QuickTime (including
footage from HDSLR cameras), XDCAM, P2, Canon XF, and other formats—without
transcoding, importing, or rewrapping files (watch the video). Get a jumpstart
on reviewing footage without the wait, and avoid bringing in unwanted material.
And as new cameras and formats emerge, manufacturers can create and release
their own AMA plug-ins independently from a Media Composer release.

Work with any media
File-based media, analog and digital tape, stereoscopic 3D material, film —
bring it on. Media Composer offers a wide range of features, workflows, and
options that enable you to work with everything, from old-school media to the
latest camera technologies. Experience the fastest tapeless workflows in the
industry. Capture footage directly from digital cameras. Or add an Avid or
third-party video interface to capture from other analog or digital sources.
Plus, with support for 4:4:4 HD-RGB color and DNxHD 444, you can work
efficiently while preserving the full-quality color detail from beginning to
end.

Take storytelling to the cutting edge
It doesn’t matter how you learned to edit—Media Composer goes where others
leave off, enabling you to work faster and in ways you’re most comfortable. In
fact, its tools are ACE-certified. Trim clips and manipulate transitions on the
fly using the Smart Tool (see the Smart Tool in action), or perform
ultra-precise edits using traditional tools. Mix and match media formats, frame
rates, resolutions, and more in the same timeline—in real time—without
rendering (see Mix and Match in action). And edit HD material in real time—in
mastering picture quality—using Avid DNxHD or DNxHD 444.

Collaborate with ease
Share media, projects, and bins—locally and across the world—to complete
projects on time and on budget. With Avid ISIS, you and your team can access the
same assets and capture media to the same volume simultaneously. Access
files—even when in use by others—without copying media. Collaborate across
mixed editing platforms, including Final Cut Pro through AMA, which supports
ProRes encoding (Mac only) and decoding. Share audio mixes with Pro Tools
editors—and vice-versa—using AAF. And bring collaboration to the highest
level with Avid Interplay.

Find the right clips and best takes fast
Working on a scripted or dialog-heavy project such as a reality TV show,
documentary, or interview? Save hours of wasted search time using two dialog
search options for Media Composer. For script-based projects, the ScriptSync
powered by Nexidia option phonetically indexes all clip dialog in your project
and then syncs all relevant clips to your script—automatically—so you can
find the best takes fast. The PhraseFind powered by Nexidia option offers the
same phonetic audio indexing, but enables you to quickly pull up all relevant
clips by searching on a key word or phrase.

Gain peace of mind with reliable media management
Whether you work alone or as part of a team, you won’t have to worry about
losing your assets. Media Composer provides you with 20+ years of
industry-proven media management innovation, which keeps track of all your
projects, assets, source material, rendered files, metadata, and more, so you
don’t have to. Not only that, you can customize it to track your assets the
way you want.

Shop the Avid Marketplace
Conveniently browse for stock footage, video and audio plug-ins, hardware, and
more, right from within Media Composer—no shoes, shirt, or pants required.
Search for and preview stock footage from Thought Equity Motion, download comps
for editing, and make purchases once editorial is complete. Shop for video and
audio plug-ins to get the look and sound you’re after. Discover software
options that’ll greatly speed up your workflow. Shop for audio interfaces and
other hardware. You’ll even find training and other media that’ll help
perfect your skills.

Get the look, sound, and quality you want

Design and dazzle with visual effects
Give your projects that professional polish using the bundled and built-in
design and effects tools. Create eye-catching 2D and 3D composites, titles,
animation, and effects with Avid FX (aka Boris RED), a powerful collection of
creative tools designed by Boris FX. Add visual impact, drama, and depth with a
host of built-in 2D and 3D effects, title tools, transitions, key and motion
effects, and more. Add focus and fix issues with motion tracking and
stabilization tools. And expand your visual palette with our third-party
partners’ effects, many of which can be purchased within Media Composer from the
Avid Marketplace.

Create studio-quality soundtracks
Make your projects sound as good as they look using the built-in audio
recording, editing, and mixing tools (see the audio tools in action). Record and
monitor voiceovers, overdubs, and more using select Avid audio interfaces. Edit
and mix multitrack audio in up to 7.1 surround. Share mixes with Pro Tools
editors. Polish sounds with 20 included AIR effects—the same ones that come
with Pro Tools. And expand your sound with the industry’s best compressors,
reverbs, and other sound processing plug-ins, many of which can be purchased
within Media Composer from the Avid Marketplace.

Color correct and grade with precision
Save time and maintain the highest quality production with the fully integrated
10-bit color correction toolset. 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
(watch the video). And dive into the large palette of easy-to-use tools to
refine settings or get creative.

Design and deliver
With Avid DVD and Sorenson Squeeze included, you can author DVDs and optimize
media for the highest-quality playback—online or on disc. Author professional
DVDs and Blu-ray Discs using Avid DVD, which works with Windows-based systems
(including emulation software on Macs). With Sorenson Squeeze, you can optimize
content in a variety of formats (including HD, DVD, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264, Flash,
and 3GPP), author DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (on Windows), and burn discs on a PC or
Mac.


6 Responses to “Avid Media Composer 6 Details Leaked”  

  1. 1 Gary Cuthbertson

    Are you going to be able to import from DVD yet… I have to maintain Edius to import clients ruses from DVD or just dump them to tape… a long job

  2. 2 Chuck Johnson

    Hi Gary,

    Check out Cinematize 3 Pro for ripping DVD’s. I love this tool!

    The Avid dog & pony show will be interesting…as a person who started using Avid in 1994, this looks to bring MC 6 closer to parity with the Symphony.

    Regards,

    Chuck Johnson
    Big Bad Wolf Creative Group
    817-429-0818

  3. 3 Gary Cuthbertson

    great news indeed… SO now I can get rid of EDIUS 6 which used disc copy edit and export as DV File…… I’m off to BVE IN Manchester in a couple of weeks see what gives… if nothing else I can collect a few avid pens or freebies

  4. 4 Chuck Johnson

    Gary,

    It is a Windows only program but figure if you have Edius, you have a Windows machine! ;-) Cheers and drink a pint for me…

    Chuck

  5. 5 Gary Cuthbertson

    Well…
    They have done it again… just downloaded a trial version of V6 and its only 64 bit…. so the only way I can move forward is to spend a fortune on updating all the software I use with it… all to run in 64 bit….
    This is three times this company has had me!!!!!!!!!!!!
    so 3 dongles up for sale if anyone is interested……………..

  6. 6 Gary Cuthbertson

    Just talked to a few guys in the Institute of Videographers regarding 64 bit.. It seems that an upgrade path from 32 to 64 but isn’t available for most software eg Magic Bullett and BORIS FX if you have the multi platform versions and it appears that even with the bundled software.. aqueeze and DVD It will only be 32 bit so more upgrades mmmmmmmmmmmm more money