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Transcoding and IBC

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Attending IBC and looking into transcoding? 

Root6 will be showcasing the latest release of Content Agent at 7.E21.  We’ll have the latest rev in conjunction with IBC.  Card based file workflows and integration into Avid’s MediaComposer, Isis and Interplay workflow is excellent.  Key Code Media has our system connected to Isis, MediaComposer and Interplay. 

Card Based Workflows
ContentAgent now supports P2, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, AVC-HD and Canon XF card structures from broadcast cameras, importing both media and metadata before transcoding or rewrapping in the user’s desired format. We will also be demonstrating automated card based ingest direct into Avid Interplay.

Advanced Frame Rate Conversion
ContentAgent’s Advanced Frame Rate Conversion module replaces expensive legacy baseband workflows with a powerful, resolution independent , file-based tool. Utilising state of the art CPU and GPU  processing, the new tool facilitates not only traditional PAL/NTSC conversions, but expands across all frame rates, deals with field order/progressive frames/cadence issues and scales across all resolutions to 4K. Find out more here.

AMWA AS-11 DPP Compatibility
One of the first products on the market to be fully DPP compliant, ContentAgent will be shown with a fully automated AMWA AS-11 DPP workflow for broadcast file and metadata deliverables, integrated with automated, file based QC.
Hot News – GoPro Automation
With the rising popularity of GoPro cameras in professional production environments, ContentAgent now supports GoPro media, with multi frame rate capability for slo-mo and timecode generation.

JPEG2000 Encoding
New JPEG2000 encoding with MXF OP1a wrapping provides a valuable tool for those in broadcast and archive environments.

New Suite of Colour Mapping Tools
The suite of colour mapping tools now available in ContentAgent enables LUTs to be applied to files in any format – a benefit when moving between different colour spaces. In a RED environment, RED RMD colour grade files may also be applied to RED R3D clips.

Cloud Based Rendering technology presentation
In a private demo area, IBC attendees can get a peek at some of the technology under development which will be available in later software releases.  Here, ContentAgent will be demonstrated in a live Cloud/VM environment showing infinitely scalable cloud-based rendering.

http://root6technology.com/products/ContentAgent/index.html

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.

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/

Avid Ships MediaComposer 5.5 Major Release

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Key Code Media is Avid Technologies largest reseller of video products in the world.  We understand workflow, the Avid systems and how to integrate Avid within complex workflows.  With over ten Avid ASCRs, we’d like to announce the key new information about this exciting release.

Here’s what’s new for v5.5:

PhraseFind  1.0 and ScriptSync 1.0 Released

a.       Both options run with the 5.5.1/9.5.1 releases

AMA Plugins Are Separate Installer

b.      The AMA Plugins are now a separate installer that is NOT bundled with the application installers

c.       Visit http://www.avid.com/ama for more information and to download the installers

Avid License Control

d.      Avid License Control is a separate application used for activating and deactivating ScriptSync and PhraseFind licenses

e.       Information on how to use the tool can be found on the KB here

New Avid QT Codecs 2.3.4 Resolves Westmere DNxHD Issues

f.        The new 2.3.4 QT codecs that ship with 5.5.1 resolve an issue with DNxHD resolutions on Westmere Macs

g.      This codec package is supported with 5.0.3 builds of the editing application as well

h.       http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=392959

New Macs Released by Apple

i.         On February 24th, 2011, Apple announced new versions of their 13″, 15″, and 17″ MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt.

j.         These systems are under evaluation with Media Composer. Qualification and supported configurations will be announced at a future date.

k.       http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=392943

Media Composer 5.5.1, Symphony 5.5.1, and NewsCutter 9.5.1 Released

l.         The latest release has been made available for purchase and download.

m.     Support Contract Customers are entitled to the upgrade.

n.       For more information,  see:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393415

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393431

Guides

Install: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=263251&Hilite=263251

I/O Comparison: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390851&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=hardware+comparison&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=hardware+comparison

PhraseFind: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393391

ScriptSync: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=393395

FAQ

Version 5.5: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389867

PhraseFind: http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389887&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

ScriptSync:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389871&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Matrox Mini MX02:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366347

AJA IO Express:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389915&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Software Licensing:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=277611

Avid Artist Series:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389879&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=avid+artist+series&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=avid+artist+series

Audio Hardware and MC:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389911&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=avid+audio+hardware&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=1079&Hilite=avid+audio+hardware

MC Trial:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366355

Specifications and configuration:

Mac:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390763&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=apple+macintosh+specifications&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=apple+macintosh+specifications

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390759&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=media+composer+5.5.1&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=media+composer+5.5.1

Config Guidelines:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=269631&Hilite=avid+configuration+guidelines

Matrox MX02:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=366315&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=location+of+drivers&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=location+of+drivers

v5.5:

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Media-Composer/system-requirements

Feature Performance:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=365919

3rd Party:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=277977&Hilite=277977

Version Matrix:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=267087&Hilite=version+matrix

What’s New:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390311

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=390347

AMA:

http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-Media-Access/plug-ins

Smart Tools in v5.5:

http://avid.custkb.com/avid/app/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=389231&ssdFilterCommunity15=0&ssdFilterCommunity13=0&ssdFilterCommunity11=0&ssdFilterCommunity10=368&ssdFilter_SearchKeyWord=smart+tool&page=1&ssdSearchOperator=0&ssdFilterCommunity3=0&Hilite=smart+tool

Online tutorials:

http://www.avid.com/US/resources/media-composer-5-getting-started-training
Call Key Code Media at 206-728-4000, 310-401-6700, 415-221-0300 or 818-303-3900 for more information

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid/avid-nitris-dx.html

Top New 5 Features of Avid Media Composer 5.5

February 15, 2011 3 comments

by Michael Kammes (Senior Applications Editor, Post Workflow Consultant: Key Code Media)

With Avid’s recent announcement of the relaease of Media Composer 5.5, we have compiled a list of some of what we consider to be the top new 5 features of Media Composer 5.5.

#1 Video I/O: AJA I/O Express.
Easily the biggest announcement. Avid has traditionally regulated baseband video input and output to Avid built hardware. We saw a glimpse last year of the move off this paradigm with the adoption of the
Matrox MXO2 Mini. This toe dipping in the 3rd party wading pool allowed users to output broadcast quality reference video through a sub $500 box. While some functions – like capture and deck control – were not available; it was an instant success for smaller setups (aside from some pesky frame rates; more on that later).

The AJA IO Express, unlike the Matrox MXO 2 Mini, is unrestricted by Avid to capture into Media Composer via HDSDI & HDMI, and output via HDSDI, Component, and HDMI. It sports an RS-422 com port for deck control – and yes, digital cuts are supported. Like the Matrox unit and the Avid branded I/O devices, it connects to your CPU via an included host (HBA) Card. As of the initial 5.5 release, Ancillary Data and LTC are not supported…yet.

AJA is an excellent company – partnering with the best in the industry is a fantastic move.

#2 AVC-Intra is a reality.

Brains & Beauty: one of the newer codecs – AVC-Intra – delivers excellent visual quality at lower data rates, and has been popping up more and more in prosumer and professional cameras. There is a downside, however: it’s extraordinarily CPU intensive. Avid now has a solution for you.

For $2495, you can purchase an AVC-Intra accelerator card for your Media Composer Nitris DX. This small hardware card is installed inside your Nitris DX box, and allows for AVC-Intra encoding during capture – as well as assisting during decoding: edit, monitoring, and processing. This hardware upgrade card is only available for the Nitris DX. Eye ballin’ a new Symphony Nitris DX? Another reason to pull the trigger: The AVC-Intra card comes included with a new purchase of a Symphony Nitris DX. Check out the Media Composer Nitris DX AVC-Intra here.

#3 Say What?

Don’t you constantly rely on the Search function of your OS? (I use my Apple + F search religiously.) Most of us would be unable to function without it. Avid has taken two steps to improve the effective of it’s search tools. First, the standard text search tool has been expanded to search across more metadata within your project: clips, sequences, script text, the timeline, and your monitors.

As if that were not enough, Media Composer now has an ability to search via phonetic matching, a new feature called PhraseFind. Media Composer automatically analyzes clips and indexes all dialog in your project’s media phonetically, so you can quickly find clips by simply typing a word or phrase—right from within your edit session. Plus, it works in the background so as not to tie up your editing bay. Bonus! Coupled with ScriptSync, this becomes a massively powerful tool to reduce the time lost to logging and assemblies and finding that illusive lost clip. PhraseFind, as well as ScriptSync, come at an additional cost ($495 & $995, respectively) or bundle both for only $1295.

#4 Hear That? Enhanced Audio Monitoring.

Avid has incorporated the ability to utilize Pro Tools hardware for monitoring of your Media Composer. Pro Tools HD hardware, as well as select flavors of the MBox family can be used for audio playback. The awesome sounding AIR plug-ins are also supported within Media Composer 5.5.

#5 AMA Enhancements.


AMA is probably the single greatest thing Avid has rolled out in recent history, and with 5.5, Avid continues down that path. The HDCAM SR Lite codec is now supported via AMA. First incarnations support only reading of the HDCAM SR Lite based files via AMA, however.

Those of you who insist on using Long GOP video files (you know who you are) will be thrilled to learn that Avid has beefed up Media Composer’s ability to play these in real time. While it is impossible to qualify every hardware and software configuration when dealing with AMA, v5.5 will handle your Long GOP files better than 5.0. Plus, Media Composer has also enabled Long GOP Quicktime reference exports (this last feature was quietly available not to long ago in 5.0.3 versions) In case you didn’t know, Media Composer uses your GPU – Graphics card – to during playback to take load off of your CPU. So, always consider beefing up your Graphics card to speed up your system…staying within the approved list of cards, of course.

You’ll also see a change in how AMA is installed on machines. AMA, as you may know, is a plug-in architecture. XDCAM, P2, Quicktime, GFCAM, etc., are all separate AMA plug-ins. As is the case with most plug-ins, development can continue on these separate of changes to the host application itself. Because of this, AMA plug-ins are now going to be hosted on Avid’s website for download. (Yes, they are free.) This ensures that the user can always get the most up to date plug-in ‘builds’. Media Composer 5.5 will come bundled with the Quicktime AMA plug-in only.

Miscellaneous notes:

 

  1. Media Composer 5.5 will be the last version that supports the Adrenaline hardware. It will also be the last 32bit build of Media Composer. Time to upgrade to the DX product line and a 64bit OS.
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  3. Unity MediaNet 4.x is no longer supported. Have you looked into the next generation of Avid Shared storage – the ISIS 5000 and ISIS 7000? Ethernet is the new Fibre. 

     

  4. 4GB of RAM is required for operation.
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  6. The Matrox MXO2 Mini is now able to output true Progressive (P) frame rates, and the h.264 MAX option is now supported to accelerate Matrox h.264 exports out of Media Composer. This means faster exports for web and mobile devices directly out of Media Composer.
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  8. The Avid (Euphonix) Artist Series (Artist Control, Artist Mix, and Artist Transport) controllers are supported within Media Composer 5.5.
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  10. Enchanced Smart tool: Adjust a transition’s timing within the Timeline without stepping into the effects palette.

 

    For more information and how to upgrade to the latest version of Avid Media Composer 5.5, call 818-303-3900.

     

February 1, 2011 1 comment

Apple, Avid and Key Code Media present

An Evening Discussion of

“The Future of Non Linear Editing”

Join us for an evening discussion at the Delancey Street Foundation Screening Room

Panelists:

Casey Richards (Avid Technology, Inc: Applications Specialist)

Steven Cohen (Motion Picture Editor, Author of “Avid Agility”)

Jim Duvardo (Hoff Productions: Chief Engineer)

Tony Welch (Beyond Pix Studios: Creative Services Director)

 Moderator: Michael Kammes (Key Code Media: Senior Applications Editor & Post Workflow Consultant)

Learn how editors and producers are dealing with Avid and Final Cut Pro hybrid workflows on their projects.

As Non Linear Editorial tools have become commoditized, the process for many is still a painstaking task. Acquiring the tools may be easy but using them in a highly technical and collaborative environment can be quite difficult.

Our panel will discuss how some of these tools and workflows are being managed in real production environments, including Avid and Final Cut workflows and in open environments where both tools are present and contributors to the final production.

WHEN

Wednesday

February 16, 2011

Cocktail Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm

Panel Discussion 6:30pm-8pm

WHERE

Delancey Street Foundation Screening Room

600 The Embarcadero

(Between Brennan Street & Embarcadero)

San Francisco, CA 94107

1st (25) registrants to arrive will receive a FREE copy of Steven Cohen’s “Avid Agility”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER