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NAB is coming…lots of releases.. first one up Eyeon Fusion AVX with Avid MediaComposer

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

NAB is right around the corner.  Key Code Media is ready to get the latest information out as we here it.

A new partner of ours, Eyeon, officially announced an incredibly cool AVX plug in.  Below is the press release:

If you’re interested in seeing this, they will not be on the NAB floor, but Key Code Media can set up a private demo in the Renaissance Hotel, but you need to call us asap. 818-303-3900, 415-221-0300, 206-728-4000 or 310-401-6700.  We will have a lunch and learn showing this amazing compositing integration within the Avid MediaComposer.

 

eyeon Connection® Bridges AVID® Workflow

Toronto, Canada: April 11, 2012… eyeon Software Inc. is pleased to announce a new development in eyeon Connection® that integrates directly with Avid Technology, Inc.’s AVX2 architecture, supporting the recent editions of Avid’s Media Composer®, Symphony™, NewsCutter®, and Avid DS™ product lines within eyeon Fusion® and eyeon Dimension®.

Connection directly embeds Fusion’s advanced node-based VFX supercomputing environment and Dimension’s optical flow-based Stereoscopic and high-level image processing application in the Avid timeline. Fusion and Dimension can exist on the same systems as the Avid software or anywhere else on the network. This is a tremendous advantage to existing Avid supporting technologies, as it provides unprecedented concurrent editing, VFX creation, and stereoscopic production in the Avid workflow.

“With eyeon Connection, a simple drag and drop to the Avid timeline gives editors and artists direct access to our products. For the first time, Avid clients will have an unlimited node effects and stereo environment for creative compositing and motion graphics. Combined with Avid’s renowned pedigree in the editing markets, eyeon’s resolution independence and real 3d products expand the Avid experience to a new frontier in film and broadcast visual effects.”

~ Jeff Krebs, Director of Sales, eyeon Software

Avid Editing
Avid editing solutions get direct access to Fusion and Dimension toolsets without leaving the Avid project, offloading creative tasks, such as particle generation and virtual environments, and tedious tasks, such as advanced keying and rotoscoping. This eliminates the import/export process.

Avid News and Motion Graphics
In the case of NewsCutter workflows or motion graphics generation, the artist directly links to the Avid timeline. No server storage and importing of elements are required.

Avid Finishing
The critical processes of conforming, finishing and packaging now have direct integration with Fusion to solve last minute issues. Utilizing Dimension’s superior stereo alignment, correction, and color matching toolset is now seamless in the Avid finishing workflow. Integrate feature film quality VFX immediately in the timeline.

Overall Benefits Include
•    Seamless connection to the Avid timelines will quickly auto-populate the Avid clip with no import intervention required.
•    A simple edit effect button within the Avid interface will allow Avid artists to instantly reopen eyeon comps and workflows for modifications.
•    Comps can be opened without the Avid host, yet the results will still populate the timeline.
•    Extremely fast processing via multi CPU and GPU.
•    Concurrent editing and Fusion rendering.
•    Avid and Fusion can be on the same workstation or elsewhere on the network with the same integration.
•    Advanced Fusion toolset includes Primatte5.
•    3D scene importing, models, cameras, lights, and virtual environments.
•    Motion graphics, titling tools, and particle system.
•    VFX tools are robust feature film developed and proven.
•    Stereo monitoring support on many TV’s and projectors.
•    HDRI floating point color pipeline.
•    ARRI®, RED®, Phantom®, and other native camera formats integrated.

“We are looking forward to implementing this time saver into our workflow. Eyeon has consistently delivered the tools needed to take the workflow to the next level and this AVX support is yet another feather in their cap.”
~ Terence Curren, Founder, Alpha Dogs

Pricing and Availability
Connection with AVX2 support will be included as part of Fusion and Dimension 6.4 at no additional charge for current subscription owners.

Avid Technology Media Composer 6 Approved Computer Configurations

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Below are all of Avid Technologies recommended for Mac and PC configurations.  We recommend 12GB of RAM, don’t forget to have a 64 bit operating system

MediaComposer 6 Macintosh approved Avid Configurations-

http://www.keycodemedia.com/images/stories/products/avid/mc6/MC6MacQualifiedSystems1111.pdf

MediaComposer 6 PC approved Avid Configurations- For PC- HP and Dell Workstations and laptops

http://www.keycodemedia.com/images/stories/products/avid/mc6/MC6PCQualfiedSystems1111.pdf

Buy an Avid Media Composer ready HP
and get Avid Media Composer 6 Upgrade
For FREE!  Call today 818-303-3900, 206-728-4000, 310-401-6700 and 415-221-0300  Good through January 31, 2012
MC5.5 to MC6 Upgrade Only. Does Not Include Installation*

Avid Media Composer 6 Qualified
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Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle update

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Ed Friesma, Application Editor for Key Code Media, mentioned the following:  After working with a walkin client yesterday trying to install the Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle for HDMI capture,  I found a big gotcha that’s not clearly mentioned in any of the promotional materials.  If you’re connecting via USB 3.0 it needs to have the NEC USB3 controller chipset.  Currently no other one will work properly.  I don’t know if Blackmagic plans to qualify other USB 3 chipsets later or if they’ve given up and are focusing on Thunderbolt.

Categories: Product Updates

Avid MediaComposer NitrisDX and MojoDX features not presently on AJA, Blackmagic and Matrox

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Couple limitations not presently working with the MediaComposer using 3rd party hardware.  Just a fyi

With this release, the 3rd party hardware plug-ins will not be able to support the entire feature set of the editing application and therefore will not support the following in the Avid editing application:
•           Ancillary Data
•           LTC Input and Output
•           Stereoscopic Full Frame Capture and Output
•           Audio Punch-In
•           Utilize any Hardware Codec Modules
•           Universal Mastering (Frame & Signal Convert to a Different Format)

 

Key Code Media is hosting a webinar today going over “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of MediaComposer 6.0 at 11am and 1pm PST.

http://www.keycodemedia.com/icalrepeat.detail/2011/12/08/331/117|119|120|118|121|116/key-code-media-presents-qavid-media-composer-6-the-good-the-bad-a-the-uglyq-thur-dec-8-2011.html

Avid Compatibility with Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Info for ProTools and MediaComposer

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Product Compatibility: New Mac OS X Lion (v10.7) Under Evaluation with Media Composer and Symphony
The new Mac OS X Lion (v10.7) was released by Apple on July 20th as a download from the Mac App Store.  This new OS X Lion (10.7) is currently under evaluation with both Media Composer and Symphony.  Qualification for this operating system is a top priority and supported configurations will be announced at a future date.

Product Compatibility: Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Under Evaluation for Use with Pro Tools Avid is excited to see that Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion (10.7) operating system is now available for download from the Mac App Store. However, please note that at this time, Pro Tools 9—including Pro Tools HD 9 and Pro Tools MP 9—and all earlier versions of the software are not compatible with Mac OS X Lion. Our top priority is to provide you with a fully compatible version as soon as possible. We’re currently working with Apple and will notify you as soon as we have something ready. That said, Pro Tools SE software, which is bundled with select M-Audio products, is fully qualified for Mac OS X Lion once you download and install a patch. To do this, open Pro Tools SE on any Mac running Mac OS X Lion and run the auto-updater, which will locate the update for download and installation (it’s less than a megabyte). The patch is also available on the M-Audio site at: http://www.m-audio.com/ptseFAQ.

Apple Final Cut ProX Released- first commentary

June 21, 2011 1 comment

Key Code Media’s Michael Kammes Application Editor gave a first pass of the highlights of Apple’s just released FinalCut X.  We will be downloading FinalCut X at Key Code Media today to start a deeper dive into understanding the new application and determine where this complete re-write falls into the professional’s editorial spectrum.

Presently, the software is only available on the App Store.  Key Code presently has no word on how Apple will sell physical copies or VAR programs. Present pricing is broken out with the main$299.99 for FCP X application, plus the options of $49.99 for Motion 5 and $49.99 for Compressor 4.

Overall, the new FinalCut X has a lot of cool features and Apple is definitely a trendsetter.  Interestedly enough, the landing page at Apple.com highlights iCloud.  Auto-Analysis seems like a very interesting .  Here’s the direct quote from the Apple site

“Final Cut Pro dramatically speeds up preparing your media by analyzing your source material in the background while you edit. Content Auto-Analysis scans your footage and creates metadata based on the way editors like to work — with range-based tags for media attributes, camera data, shot type, and whether the shot contains one person, two people, or a group. Use these tags to sort, filter, and search your clips.

Set up Auto-Analysis to occur during import, or analyze clips later if you prefer. Content Auto-Analysis also performs processor-intensive analysis ahead of time for features such as image stabilization, corrections for rolling shutter distortion, color balance, and repairs for typical audio problems. Then you can use these features in real time as you edit.”

Aside from all of the cool kid stuff, here are the things you NEED TO KNOW: DVD Studio Pro is gone and some features of Color and Soundtrack Pro are rolled into FCP-X, but are not standalone apps. There is no capture from tape ability (AKA Log & Capture).  Instead, an editor would use the capture tools provided by AJA and Blackmagic. Capture from a  USB drive or Firewire camera or still camera is supported.  Here’s how to find out whether your camera work with FCP -X? http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras/en/index.html This also means that output (PLAYBACK) to an external monitor is at the mercy of AJA / Blackmagic, Matrox and other IO board companies.   I anticipate Thunderbolt to be the Holy Grail for this, or for AJA and BM to update some drivers for the Kona and Decklink series.

FCP X and FCP 7 can be on the same machine, same partition. FCP X will move some FCP file around, however. There is no multicam (currently) There is currently no way to import OLD FCP (pre FCP X) projects into FCP. The is no OMF ability. This means (currently) sending to Pro Tools or Soundtrack Pro is not available.

Machine requirements: Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better 2GB of RAM (4GB of RAM recommended) OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later 256MB of VRAM Display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher Mac OS X v10.6.7 or later 2.4GB of disk space Format support (notice no RED). Many of these files listed below are TRANSCODED IN THE BACKGROUND for an optimal editing experience and playback (ProRes), so, pseudo-real time support. H.264 from GoPro and iFrame cameras H.264 from DSLR cameras Broadcast Wave Format DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD HDV Panasonic AVC-Intra, including AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 Sony IMX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, and XDCAM EX JVC-created XDCAM EX Canon XF MPEG-2; ingest supported with additional software AVCHD, including Panasonic AVCCAM and Sony NXCAM Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD and HD Apple Intermediate Codec Still images including PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA, and TIFF Compressed audio including AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, and WAV

Here are some useful links to access to learn more: Apple Landing Page: http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro   http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/all-features/      http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/specs/       More links: http://www.larryjordan.biz/goodies/blog.html

Overall, we’d like to hold back on any commentary about the in depth workable differences between FCP 7 and FCP X until we have some legitimate drive time.  This update was condensed from the presentation today.

.: michael kammes mpse .: senior applications editor . post workflow consultant .: audio specialist . act fcp . acsr

Avid Media Composer Smart Tool versus Classic Trim

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Cohen comments on his blog about Avid Media Composer 5.5 and discusses the key benefits of 5.5 over Media Composer 5.0.  The big issue is a “New Coke vs. Classic Coke” of “Legacy Trim Mode versus the new Smart Tool.

You can definitely turn off the smart tool in 5.5, even more completely than you could in 5.0, and, in addition, some bugs were fixed that caused it to turn back on erroneously.

Classic/Legacy trim works as it did in 5.0.3.4, except that in a couple of subtle ways it’s even more like it was in 4.x..

The details about legacy trim are here. The page refers to 5.0, but nothing about it has changed in 5.5. It’s just gotten better.

http://splicenow.com/2010/10/04/tweaking-the-smart-tool/

http://splicenow.com/2011/03/08/media-composer-5-5-goes-live/