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Avid has recently announced version 5.5, and the news is all exciting and good. Avid continues to evolve and support a more open format. They are allowing even more third-party support, which something in the past was impossible.  It seems Avid has done an about face and is really giving other NLE’s a run for the money.  Even in our SuperNLE Bowl, Avid came out victorious.

Check out some of the new features in Avid Media Composer 5.5

Avid Media Composer 5.5 Highlights

  • Capture, monitor, and output video with support for the AJA Io Express interface
  • Natively access and edit Sony HDCAM SR Lite media through AMA (Avid Media Access)
  • Accelerate Panasonic AVC-Intra projects—and use multiple streams—with support for the new Nitris DX AVC-Intra hardware interface
  • Take hands-on control of your video and audio editing/mixing with EUCON support for Artist Control, Artist Mix, and Artist Transport control surfaces
  • Find the right clips fast with support for the new PhraseFind option
  • Directly manipulate transitions in the timeline with the expanded Smart Tool
  • Quickly find files across local and shared storage bins using the improved Find tool
  • Be more creative with new updates to the included Production Suite (sold separately from download purchases)
  • Get more flexibility with audio signal routing when sending material to air (Send to Playback), with up to 16 audio output channels
  • View portions of the software interface in localized languages, including Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, and Italian
  • Get better Long GOP performance when using Send to Playback with AirSpeed servers
  • Use proxies of H.264 material in AirSpeed MultiStream environments for faster response time and increased stream counts

Avid now also supports third party systems such as the AJA IO Express.  They also provided native HDCAM SR Lite through the AMA ( Avid Media Access ) with all realted metadata. This great news for those of us that work heavily with HDCAM footage.

All of these new features mean Avid has really evolved into a very serious editing platform, one that I will be getting my hands on for a full review on Tej’s Tech Blog soon.

In the mean time check out some of the Avid’s AMA working with HDCAM SR.

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