Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A Very Nice New Feature - Avid 3.5

The Avid Media Composer 3.5 release isn't a huge leap forward for series television and feature film editors. The new AMA (Avid Media Access) technology is big for some sectors of post, but it relates mostly to new ingest formats (P2, Sony's XDCam). Nice, but not something I need every day.

The stereoscopic editing at first glance isn't a big step either. But after having seeing a demonstration, it is a unique tool for editing 3D. Combined with Avid's HD capability, it can be a great benifit to post as one can screen 3D cuts without having to conform both eyes. I've edited many 3D projects: this will be a pretty excellent addition.

But the best new feature has hardly been mentioned in any press release. The Effects Editor will now allow one to edit every layer of a VFX on one panel.

As the above image show, this clip has the following VFX plug-ins: Flop, SpectraMatte, BCC_Rays_Streaky,  and Color Correction. In previous version of Media Composer, you had to step into each effect and edit the parameters on their own page. You no longer need to step into a clip's effects. All can be edited from this one panel. And with increasing numbers of off line VFX work, this is a huge feature addition.

As of yet the individual plug-ins cannot be re-ordered or deleted on this page. Perhaps that will come in the future.


Blogger editblog said...

AMA actually works with P2 and XDCAM (so far) ... not HDCAM.

3:56 PM  
Blogger ACE Admin said...

Oops. Thanks. Corrected.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Ron Sussman said...

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10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FCP has had this feature for a long time

10:53 PM  
Blogger Adam Kranitz said...

New Tip on Avid Community - "New Nested Effects Technique in Media Composer 3.5"

4:57 AM  

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