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2010 NAB is in full swing, and Avid comes out of the gate with the first major announcement; Media Composer 5.0. Avid has done a major overhaul to its program, including drag and drop timeline,  Apple Pro Res and Quicktime  support nativley, Matrox MX02 Mini support for monitoring  and a new AMA.

One of the biggest changes to Avid is the new ability to drag and drop clips. Similar to other NLE’s such as Final Cut Pro. This is a major change, as Avid has traditionally not supported this feature. This does not mean you can’t edit in a segment mode, apparently Avid will change modes automatically depending on where your cursor is in the timeline. New AMA (Avid Media Access) this feature will allow you to natively edit RED 4K Files; this is a nice addition and should make editing RED files more manageable. It also allows for Pro Res and QuickTime H.264 supported files. This means you can now edit natively with QuickTime Files, which is great news for those of us who have to work with Canon 5D/ 7D footage. However I still prefer to transcode to DNxHD. I just don’t like cutting in H.264. that may change once I see this in action. Support of Pro Res means I can always offline in FCP and Online in Avid. Something I have done, but had to go back out to tape (HDCAM) then ingest back into the Avid. (Painful Process).


Monitoring video through the Matrox MXO 2 Mini. This is a nice feature, as previously you had to have your monitors hooked up via video cards. This is an expensive because you have to have a video card for every monitor. The other option is to go with Avid’s Nitrous DX based system, which allows for even better hooks ups, but at a much higher cost. I have used these for broadcast only. However with the Matrox MXO 2 Mini, you can accomplish this for a mere $500. This is great and hopefully a start of things to come. Maybe support for AJA, Blackmagic, and hopefully the bigger brother the MXO2, as I personally already use one for my Final Cut Pro.

The Last feature I will talk about is the new support for HD-RGB processing. This means that now keep those finishing jobs in house, and deliver the highest quality color and effects work, with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space. This means better final cut, and color correction. Now who can complain about that! I can’t wait to get my hands on this new Avid. Be sure to stay tuned to Art of the Guillotine and Tej’s Tech Blog for all of your post related 2010 NAB news.


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