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