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Avid Media Composer 8.5 Academic Edition for Students

Avid Media Composer 8.5 Academic Edition for Students
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Media Composer 8.5 is a single license, electronic download of the 64-bit non-linear editing system for Mac or Windows computers. You receive an unlock activation card.
  • Native Support of SD, HD, 4K, and Higher
  • Edit Most Codecs Using AMA
  • Improved Stereo 3D Support Over MC7
  • Edit 4K+ Footage Immediately in HD
  • Supports LUTs and CDLs for RAW Workflows
  • Central Management of AMA and Plug-ins
  • Audio Editing and Finishing Tools
  • Deliver in Broadcast AS-11 MXF Files
  • Sorenson Squeeze and NewBlue Titler Pro
  • 1-Year Standard Support Included
Media Composer from Avid is a single license, electronic download of the 64-bit non-linear editing system for Mac or Windows computers. You receive an unlock dongle and an activation card. You can load the software on multiple computers, but you can only run the application on one computer at a time using the dongle to unlock the software for use. Media Composer 8.5 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).

Featuring built-in support for stereoscopic/3D footage, it 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, with added support in version Subscription for multicam in 3D. For audio support, Media Composer Subscription 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. Plus, you will be entitled to standard Avid Support, which features complimentary software updates, for the duration of your subscription.


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.


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

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.

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.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support

Media Composer now includes color spaces for High Dynamic Range (HDR). Enhance color and contrast to achieve more realistic, dramatic imagery, with exceptional detail in the shadows and highlights, and get support for Dolby Vision, Sony S-Log3, BBC/NHK, and ACES profiles. If you are working in an HD project, Avid recommends using DNxHD444 and HQX because of their 10 bit resolution. For higher than HD, use DNxHR444 and DNxHQX which are 12 bit resolutions.

Menu Simplification

A lot of the menu items in Media Composer have been reorganized. They now are grouped in a more logical location. Note that the Bin, Timeline and Composer context and Fast menus have also been reorganized.

A handy table in the What’s New Guide lists the main menu items that have moved, where they appeared in previous releases, and where you can find them now.

High-Visibility Timeline Editing

With this release, you can clearly see the segments as you drag them in either trim or segment mode. As you drag a clip, the movement is transparent allowing you to see other elements in the Timeline. If waveforms are turned on, the waveform stays visible as you drag, making it a lot easier to line up clips as you are editing.

Adding Tracks in the Timeline

Now you can add a track by simply dragging a clip in your timeline. As you drag the clip vertically up or down the timeline, and let go of the clip, a new track is added. Note that you can only create as many tracks at the same time as you are dragging.

Trimming with Sync Locks On

A new feature allows you to enable Sync Rollers for Sync Locked Tracks. In previous releases, you had to wait for the trim to end to see how sync was maintained. With this release, when you enter single roller trim, each track gets either a gray roller or a dimmer yellow roller. The gray roller appears when there is a segment directly under the selected roller. The dimmer yellow one will appear on the left side of the next segment when there is filler underneath the selected roller.

Changes in Trimming Clips

Media Composer now has new ‘end of trim’ indicators that show you whether the trim ends because there’s no more media or whether you’re running into the next cut. These new indicators instantly show you what track or cut point will be your stopping point if you were to continue trimming.

It also shows tick marks when trimming.  This is useful when slipping clips, to show the movement of the actual trimmed segment.

Adding Custom Columns and Multiple Columns to a Bin

In addition to the standard column headings, you can now add your own column headings to describe information about clips and sequences.

Also, if you select multiple columns to add to the bin, they will appear directly to the right of the selected column. If you do not select a column, the new columns will be placed at the far right of the bin.

Effect Palette Update

Effect Palette has been improved to allow you to find and filter effects quickly and easily. Effects are now divided into two categories for video (Filters and Transitions) and two categories for audio (Clip Effects and Track Effects). A Quick Find field has been added, allowing you to search for a specific effect.

Identifying Rendered Effects

Now you can easily identify rendered effects media. The Media Tool includes the option to see rendered effect precompute clips separately from Titles and Matte Key precompute clips. This will make it easier to delete the rendered effects media. You can also choose to display the rendered effect precompute clips separately in the bin by choosing that option in the Set Bin Display.

FrameFlex Rotation

If you need to straighten or rotate your source image, you can now rotate the framing box in the FrameFlex source settings using the Z Rotation slider. Once on the Timeline, these adjustments can also be animated with the Effect Editor. All settings are saved with the clip metadata which can be exported to other applications.

Video Memory and Video Frame Cache

All played frames—and all effects applied to those clips—are now cached in RAM. A new Video Memory tab has been added to the Media Cache Settings. Here you can allocate video memory for the editing application. You can also turn on interactive video frame cache. This saves the need to regenerate each frame every time it is needed during subsequent playback of the sequence. Enabling this cache will result in faster response times while editing.

Audio Mixer Tool Changes

The Audio Mixer now includes triangular openers that allow you to control what parameters are displayed in the Audio Mixer Tool. Clicking the top expand/collapse triangle opens the track selector sidebar where you can select the tracks you want to display in the Audio Mixer tool.

Click the first column heading to sort the tracks according to which are enabled. Click the # column to sort by track numbers. Click the Track column to sort by track label (if applicable).


More New Features in Media Composer

Support for Windows 10 and OS X El CapitanMC85-01

Now you can use Media Composer on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and Windows 10 operating systems.

64 Tracks of Audio

With this release, you can have 64 tracks of audio in a single sequence, meaning 250% more audio tracks than previously available! Bear in mind that you are limited to 64 voices. So some of the possible combinations are:
64x mono tracks = 64 voices
10x 5.1 tracks + 4x mono tracks = 64 voices
8x 7.1 tracks = 64 voices.

Opening a Settings Dialog in the Project WindowMC85-03

You no longer have to use the mouse in the Settings tab to open a setting’s dialog box. Type the first letter of the setting you want to open, scroll to the setting and press Enter to open the applicable Settings dialog.

Manage Preset Project Formats


Custom raster dimensions that you have added to your project formats can now be modified or deleted. To modify your presets, click the Manage Presets button in the Project dialog box. In the preset manager, select a preset and overwrite any of the existing values. You can also add or delete presets from this dialog.

Changing the Background Color of the Project Window or TimelineMC85-05

In the Settings tab of the Project Window, open the Interface Settings. If you want to change the background of the Timeline, select Use custom Timeline background and choose a new color. If you want to change the background of the Project window, select Use custom Project background and choose a color.

Overriding Bin and Project Font and Font SizeMC85-06

Now you can easily override the bin, project font and font sizes fonts for all bins and/or projects through the Interface Setting. This is useful if you share projects and bins with other users or if you are switching between systems. The font and font size you want to see on a desktop might be different than the one you want to see on a laptop.

Grouping Clips by Audio Waveform AnalysisMC85-07

Apart from grouping clips by IN points, OUT points, or timecode, with this release, you can also group clips by audio waveform analysis. Media Composer performs an analysis of the waveforms of the selected clips and creates a group clip for you.

Timecode Burn-In Effect Update

In previous releases, the Timecode Burn-In effect would always count from frame 0. Now, the Burn-In effect provides the option to set the starting frame count at 1. You can also display a frame count for the effect in feet and frames (35mm 4perf).


Applying the Same Text to a Column for Multiple ItemsMC85-09b

You can now apply the same text in a Frame Count Start, DPX, and Ink Number column to multiple items in the bin. This is useful for example if you wanted to apply the same frame count start to multiple items in the bin. Select the items in the bin to which you want to apply the same text. Right+click the column and select Set column for selected clips. Enter the text you want to appear in the column for the selected items in the bin.

Linking and Importing Broadcast Wave FilesMC85-10

Importing and linking Broadcast Wave files has changed with this release. The change ensures the beginning of an imported or linked audio clip is not cut off at the beginning of the clip.

Audio Track Ordering Layout Name ChangeMC85-11

A new 7.1 track ordering layout is included with this release. This change supports interoperability with Pro Tools. For 7.1 EXT the order is: Left, Right, Center, Low Frequency Enhancement, Left Rear, Right Rear, Left Side Center, Right Side Center. For SMPTE-DS (per the SMPTE Standard 428), the order is: Left, Right, Center, Low Frequency Enhancement, Left Side Center, Right Side Center, Left Rear, Right Rear.

Computer Avid-qualified Windows- or Mac-based computer.
Operating System Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit), Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise (64-bit)
Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion (64-bit).

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)

NVIDIA Quadro FX family3 (Q600 or higher recommended), Intel HD4000
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

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