You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Avid editing suite takes on Final Cut Pro

Tools tout pro functionality vs. Apple product

Looking to strike a blow in the battle for supremacy among editing tools, Avid will release its Media Composer 6, NewsCutter version 10 and Symphony version 6 together on Nov. 15.

The new version of Media Composer boasts a 64-bit architecture, new 3D workflow and editing system as well as big increases in support for third-party hardware. The release is well-timed competitively, coming on the heels of the flap over the June bow of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, which was criticized for abandoning the professional editing community with a redesign that did not include many of the features required by pro editors.

Avid’s goal was to make the update as flexible and easy to use as possible, while still preserving what professional editors had come to know and love about the product, according to Chris Gahagan, Avid’s senior VP of products and solutions.

“There’s a lot of muscle memory that comes from using a particular system, and we wanted to keep that while still adding improvements to make for a better workflow,” said Gahagan.

New version of Media Composer will also support Red Epic with Avid Media Access, deeper integration of Avid’s audio post system Pro Tools, which includes 7.1 surround sound support as well as color-correction capabilities that come through Avid’s Artist Color control surface.

Media Composer 6 is priced at $2,499. Upgrade pricing starts at $299. A student version is priced from $295. Avid also features a crossgrade offer for Final Cut Pro X users of $1,499.

More Digital

  • Nick Eh 30, StoneMountain64

    CAA Signs Gaming Influencers Nick Eh 30, StoneMountain64

    CAA has signed two popular live-streaming battle royale gamers — Nicholas Amyoony, better known as Nick Eh 30, and David Steinberg, aka StoneMountain64 — for representation. CAA said it will work to create opportunities for Nick Eh 30 (above left) and StoneMountain64 (above right) in all areas, including TV, motion pictures, touring, digital distribution and [...]

  • Amazon Adds NBA League Pass to

    Amazon Adds NBA League Pass Live-Streaming Games to Prime Video Channels

    Amazon is bringing pro hoops action to Prime Video Channels: The ecommerce giant now offers NBA League Pass as part of its lineup of 150-plus subscription options for Prime members in the U.S. It’s the first U.S. live-sports subscription service on Prime Video Channels. Prime members can subscribe to NBA League Pass via Prime Video [...]

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    International Piracy Ring Stole Over 25,000 Movie and TV Digital Files, U.S. Feds Say

    A five-member international hacking crime ring stole more than 25,000 files for Hollywood movies and TV shows and illegally offered hundreds of them for sale online, according to U.S. law enforcement officials. A federal grand jury in L.A. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) indicted five men, identified as residing in the U.K., India, Dubai and Malaysia, [...]

  • Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president

    Apple to Update iPhones in China to Avoid Sales Ban

    Apple is pushing out a software update to iPhones in China to address a recent court order obtained by Qualcomm that banned the sale of certain iPhone models in the country. The update will allow the company to continue selling its phones in China, company representatives told Reuters Friday morning. The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court [...]

  • Kevin Reilly Variety Cover

    Kevin Reilly Named Content Chief for WarnerMedia Streaming Service

    Kevin Reilly — a veteran television exec who has led programming at NBC, FX, Fox, and most recently Turner Broadcasting — has been tapped to head content strategy for the still-nascent streaming service that WarnerMedia plans to launch next year. Reilly, who has led programming at Turner brands TNT and TBS since 2015, will serve [...]

  • Apple Culver City

    Apple Expects to Have Over 1,000 Employees in Culver City by 2022

    Apple announced plans to boost its L.A. presence, saying it expects to have more than 1,000 employees in Culver City, Calif., over the next three years, including its growing entertainment team. The move is part of the tech giant’s broader initiative to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023 and includes a new $1 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content