New Version of Avid Media Composer Debuts Tuesday

Media Composer v5.5, NewsCutter v9.5 and Symphony v5.5 will include new features that were developed with input from actual customers.

Avid Technology is unveiling new versions of its industry-leading editing systems Tuesday at Broadcast Video Expo in London and the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat in Palm Springs.

The new software versions also will be exhibited at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in April in Las Vegas, where Avid will also feature a future editing technology demonstration, a company executive says.

Media Composer v5.5, NewsCutter v9.5 and Symphony v5.5 include new features that were developed with input from customers including members of the American Cinema Editors group, which is handing out its ACE Eddie Awards on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton.

“ACE are close partners with Avid,” Avid product marketing manager Angus Mackay said.

The new versions include support for AJA Video System’s Io Express input and output interface, which Avid believes will make it more cost-effective to work on a laptop.

Avid says it is also looking forward to previewing PhraseFind powered by Nexidia, a new tool that enables phonetic searching as an add-on option to streamline clip and project management, speed editorial and simplify the dialogue editing and logging process.

The new software includes an Avid Nitris DX AVC-Intra video accelerator, for real-time capture and increased playback streams of Panasonic AVC-Intra material. It also features native support for Sony HDCAM SR Lite, developed in conjunction with Sony, to allow tape-based HDCAM SR material to be handled as files over a GB Ethernet network connection. Avid reported that new ‘Smart Tool’ functionality for transition manipulation within the timeline enables “on the fly” editing.

Media Composer v5.5 ships March 8.

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