New 64-bit Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter offer unparalleled
workflow speed, flexibility and time savings; available for Mac OS and
BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
AVID) today announced new versions of its flagship video editing
Composer® version 6, NewsCutter®
version 10 and Symphony®
version 6. Building upon more than 20 years of product innovation and
commitment to its professional users, these industry-leading
professional editing systems today deliver new levels of openness,
performance, collaboration and productivity—enabling independent
professionals, post-production houses, broadcasters and all media
companies to get their work done faster, work together on projects more
effectively and reduce costs through greater productivity.
Avid Media Composer version 6 (Photo: Business Wire)
Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10
are rebuilt from the core on an entirely new open, 64-bit architecture
that raises the bar for performance, flexibility and productivity. With
this version, Avid is also introducing a sleek, new User
Interface—designed to speed workflows while simultaneously preserving
the same functionality that so many professionals have built their
careers on. In addition, these systems include support for third-party
hardware, AVCHD and RED Epic support with Avid
Media Access (AMA), an Avid
DNxHD® 444 codec, and support for Avid
Together with existing Avid innovations such as AMA, for direct access
to file-based media; Avid PhraseFind,
powered by Nexidia, and Avid ScriptSync®,
for phonetic searching and editing; and real-time Mix and Match,
allowing multiple formats in the same timeline—this major release
reinforces Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony systems as the
ultimate professional editors on the market, specifically designed to
meet the creative and technical demands of the broadest array of editing
More Open, More Flexible
Leverage existing hardware investments and easily add Avid editing
systems into current workflow configurations thanks to the new Avid
Open I/O, which enables support for popular video and audio cards from
AJA Video Systems, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox and MOTU.
Easily incorporate Avid's high-performance hardware video accelerator, Avid
Nitris ® DX—the most versatile and powerful video hardware system
optimized for Avid editing systems—into high-profile film or TV
workflows through its availability as a standalone hardware purchase
at a new, reduced price. Nitris DX is available with one or two Avid
DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips and supports full resolution and full frame
With Symphony software, experience greater flexibility and choice for
on-set and mobile editorial and color work, or meet increased facility
capacity—now available as a software-only solution, at a lower cost.
Enhanced Integration for the Most Demanding Post Production Workflows
Increase flexibility for editorial and finishing with enhanced Pro
Tools® integration and 5.1/7.1 surround and extensive metadata
management, which allows the transfer of more session data from Media
Composer to Pro Tools. Additional metadata is available in the AAF
interchange format. Extensive 5.1/7.1 surround support is also fully
compatible with Pro Tools through the improved AAF capabilities.
Maintain a familiar and trusted editorial process with new,
industry-defining 3D stereoscopic workflows that offer full
resolution, real-time editing, mixed eye workflows as well as a deep
toolset, with title and conversion control. Editors can also easily
export metadata into Avid or other third-party finishing systems for
grading and high-end effects.
Preserve full color information from HD RGB 4:4:4 sources without
compromising system performance or storage through the new Avid
DNxHD 444, a high-quality HD codec. Avid DNxHD 444 can help
significantly enhance real-time HD production productivity with the
highest color detail possible, is suitable for the most demanding
productions, and is also an ideal archiving format.
Additional New Editorial Capabilities to Increase Workflow Speed and
Gain greater power and flexibility in high performance color
correction with support for the Avid Artist Color control surface
within Avid editing systems.
Speed time to editing by eliminating timely transcode, re-wrap, and
log and transfer processes through expanded AMA, which now offers
native support for AVCHD and RED Epic as well as the ability to encode
Apple ProRes (Mac OS-based systems only).
Ease and expedite workflows and toolset expansion with the new Avid
Marketplace, which offers in-system access to stock footage from
Thought Equity Motion. The Avid Marketplace also enables customers to
browse available video and audio plug-ins along with other products in
the Avid Store to complete a suite.
Get questions answered quickly with a new Customer Assist Tool,
offering direct, in-app access to guides, help, and configuration
Gain up to 2.5 times faster encoding with Sorenson Squeeze v8,
included with Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Symphony software.
"Time and creativity is money for our customers, and they are looking
for solutions that can help them continue to advance the art of creative
storytelling without adding technological complexity," said Chris
Gahagan, senior vice president of products and solutions at Avid. "As we
debut the most open, accessible and highest-performance versions of
Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter—ever—we are thrilled to take a
significant leap forward in providing our customers with new industry
standards in speed, ease and access that can help them do their jobs
What Customers are Saying
"The real value of the new Media Composer and Symphony systems is enhanced
interoperability and openness—it all comes down to labor," said Terence
Curren, colorist/editor, AlphaDogs (Life as We Know It, The
Spiderwick Chronicles, Eagle Eye) "The bottom line is if you
save 15 minutes a day, times four people, times 10 weeks, that's a lot
more than the difference in cost between any of these software systems."
"With Media Composer 6, those of us who invested in hardware for Final
Cut Pro can transition to Avid, easily and painlessly. I'm pleased,"
said Shane Ross, freelance editor.
"Anyone who works in 3D is going to work on Media Composer going
forward. It's just THE system to do that on now," said John Mauldin,
director of operations and technology, Fotokem Non-Linear.
Concurrent with the launch of today's announcement, Avid is introducing
Vantage™ Program, an annual membership program for Media Composer
and Symphony customers that provides many great benefits. The Avid
Vantage Program—which is also available to Pro Tools customers—provides
subscribers with unlimited online technical support, plus deeply
discounted expert phone support when they need it. They also gain access
to a great collection of NewBlueFX effects (for Media Composer or
Symphony subscribers) or audio plug-ins (for Pro Tools subscribers).
And, for a limited time, they'll receive a high-value Avid Store coupon
that can be applied to new software purchases or upgrades.
Avid plans to host a public webcast with a live Q&A to discuss the new
capabilities of Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony software at 1:00
p.m. Eastern Time today. To access the webcast, please visit: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=373256&s=1&k=940A8514C0E3368ACF5A8D96DA1C8506
Pricing and Availability
New versions of Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter software will be
available on November 15, 2011. Beginning with these releases,
NewsCutter will be available for the same price as Media Composer,
Symphony 6.0 will be available as a standalone software option and
Nitris DX will be available as a standalone hardware option.
Pricing for Media Composer 6.0 starts at $2499 USD. Upgrade pricing
starts at $299 USD.
NewsCutter 10 starts at $2499 USD. Upgrade pricing starts at $499 USD.
Pricing for Symphony 6.0 starts at $5,999 USD. Upgrade pricing starts
at $499 USD.
Nitris DX starts at $5,499 USD.
Pricing for Media Composer Academic version 6.0 starts at $295 USMSRP
for educational institutions and students.
Final Cut Pro (excluding Final Cut Pro X) users can purchase Media
Composer with free online training to help them move from Final Cut
Pro to Media Composer, for $1499 USD.
Avid Vantage Program
The new Avid Vantage Program will be available during Q4 2011 to Media
Composer, Symphony and Pro Tools users with all of the great benefits
described above, for $149/year US MSRP.
For more information about Media Composer, visit www.avid.com/mc.
For more information about Avid Vantage, visit www.avid.com/avidvantage.
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology used to make the
most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world — from
the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings,
television shows, live concert tours and news broadcasts, to music and
movies made at home. Some of Avid's most influential and pioneering
solutions include Media Composer, Pro Tools, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE,
Sibelius®, System 5, and Avid Studio. For more information about Avid
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or reseller for prices outside the U.S. and Canada. Avid, the Avid logo,
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consideration in the form of a product.
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