Media Composer – What’s New for Forensic Users

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Below you’ll find a summary of features added by version that may be of interest to Forensic users of Avid Media Composer.  For complete details on each release, visit the Avid Media Composer 2018 Documentation page and/or the Avid Media Composer Documentation & Version Matrix.

Media Composer Summary of Features Added by Version

Three Avid “Versions” – 2018.x, 2019.x and 2020.x

Do not switch to the 2019.x or 2020.x version of Media Composer IF you’re using archive-R in your workflows

All dTective® and ClearID® effects work in 2019.x and 2020.x, but 2019.x and 2020.x introduced several “backend” changes related to media & project management, locations, and defaults.

For now, we recommend reviewing the official Avid documentation & READ ME files to learn more.  Additionally, be sure to checkout Avid’s Media Composer Tutorials via their YouTube Channel, to see the multitude of changes introduced with 2019.x and 2020.x.   Below are a few links to Avid documentation you may find helpful:

2018.12.13 Documentation (Current Release – Full dTective Suite Support)

2019.12.x Documentation (archive-R not supported)

2020.x Documentation (archive-R not supported)

Avid Media Composer 2019.6  – June 20, 2019

  • New interlocking modules in the interface, several GUI changes, new OP1a media creation & mixdown, and much more.
  • Media Composer v2019.x is currently NOT supported by dTective v8.1 See related FAQ.  Ocean Systems will begin teaching w/2019.x in the January, 2020 FVA 101 class.
  • View this brief video Sneak Peak from NAB for a quick overview of the new UI.

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.6 June 2019

  • Patch Release – REQUIRES 2018.12.3.  ALSO available as FULL installer.  View Avid Read Me (PDF)

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.5 May 2019

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.4 May 2019

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.3 April 2019

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.2 March 2019

  • Updated/New DNxUncompressed Format – S2.14
  • Avid Titler Update – Animate up to 10 layers
  • Various Bug Fixes

Avid Media Composer 2018.12.1 January 2019

  • Add Effects between IN/OUT points on a clip in timeline.
  • Several improvements & updates to Avid Titler
  • Avid Link replaces Avid Application Manager

Avid Media Composer 2018.12 December 2018

  • All new Avid Titler – Add titles right in the Composer monitor
  • Waveform Sync – Sync multiple video clips based on source audio
  • Now you can have up to 64 Tracks of video!

Avid Media Composer 2018.11 November 2018

  • DNxUncompressed now supports 8 bit and 10 bit (Timeline is 16 bit max), and is available in ANY raster dimension!

Avid Media Composer 2018.10 October 2018

  • Additional Color Space presets for Progressive HD projects.

Avid Media Composer 2018.9 September 2018

  • New DNxUncompressed codec!
  • Support for DNxID device
  • AMA File Export options updated
  • Real-Time Streams Limit removed
  • More updates to the Live Timeline

Avid Media Composer 2018.7 July 2018

  • Added 16K project presets
  • More control over resizing composer window
  • Live timeline allows you to perform a number of tasks while a sequence plays
  • Support for Hight Frame Rate Projects (100, 119.88, 120)

Avid Media Composer 2018.5 May 2018

  • Ability to change track in create/edit Marker window

Avid Media Composer 2018.4 April 2018

  • Media Composer Ultimate Introduced
  • Timeline Clip Notes can now include thumbnail
  • Timeline Clip Notes Quick Find
  • Updated Markers window w/more ability to customize columns

Avid Media Composer 2018.3 March 2018

  • Use Shift+Drag to select/deselect tracks in Capture Tool & Digital Cut Tool

Avid Media Composer 2018.2 February 2018

  • Setting Font & Size in Find Window

Avid Media Composer 2018.1 January 2018

  • New mappable Quick Find button
  • Export separate WAV files per track

Avid Media Composer 8.10 >December 2017

  • AutoSync clips based on audio Waveform Analysis
  • New 8K project presets

Avid Media Composer 8.9 August 2017

  • Avid Generic Link Plugin – Natively supports more .MOV & .MP4 files w/o QuickTime libraries
  • Set Effect Editor to Automatically open when you apply effect
  • Source Browser – Larger thumbnails, faster display of thumbnails, ability to expand/collapse
  • Support HiRes Monitors w/scaling up to 200%
  • New buttons/commands to move clips up/down in timeline

Avid Media Composer 8.8 February 2017

With this release, we have the return of PhaseFind and ScriptSync.

  • Timeline Clip Notes
  • PhraseFind – Search & Find audio dialogue (optional $199)
  • ScriptSync – Analyzes audio & matches it to lines of script text. (optional $499)
  • Find (Search) Window Improvements

Avid Media Composer 8.7 Dec 15 2016

  • New Set Default Bin View
  • Rotation Presets in FrameFlex – to help auto adjust video with the wrong orientation.
  • New Clip Info Shortcut
  • New Match frame with Title – You can not match frame back to the source like you could with video
  • Updated Timecode Burn-In allowing you to set the start point better

Avid Media Composer 8.6 June 30 2016

  • New Source Browser (!)
    • Link, Import & Preview (via thumbnail and/or in Source Monitor w/o adding to bin/project)
    • Target Bin selection also w/create new bin option
  • Watch Video

Avid Media Composer 8.5 January 2016

  • Windows 10 64 bit Professional Support
  • New Custom Project Preset Manager
  • Consolidated menu options (no more “Special” menu, etc)
  • Media Cache settings now include Video Cache Settings tab (!)
    • Similar to Photoshop, set memory allocation now specific to video (not just thumbnails)
  • Drag clip up in timeline to create new track
  • New Group clip sync based on WAV form (!)
  • Effects Palette Filter & Search

Avid Media Composer 8.4 June 2015

  • Custom Canvas Projects
  • High-Res & 4K workflows
  • New search bins field from projects menu and search inside a bin
  • Watch the video

Avid Media Composer 8.3 December 2014

  • 4K/UHD native support
  • DNxHR for hi-res
  • Higher frame rate options for hi-res, up to 60fps
  • Support for new I/O hardware

Older Workstations need to be validated they support the above versions (2008 time frame)

Avid Media Composer 8.2 October 2014

  • Background Effects Rendering/Render Effects Settings
  • Favorite Bins – accessible from all projects (!)
  • Search in Project Window
  • Search text in all markers, in both open & closed bins via Ctrl + F
  • Image Cache Settings – set memory allocations for Thumbnail caching, clear cache
  • Uses CPU SSE 4.1

Avid Media Composer 8.1 July 2014

  • Alt & Drag within timeline to create duplicate clip

Avid Media Composer 8.0 May 2014

  • Monthly/annual subscription licensing support
  • Avid Application Manager introduced
  • Filter out AMA media in Media Tool

Avid Media Composer 7.x July 2013

  • Dynamic Media File Folder (DMF)
  • Frame Flex
  • Managed AMA
  • Waveform Caching
  • Dynamic Bin Naming
  • Setting to enable or disable frame blending in Motion Adapters

Avid Media Composer 6.5 Sept 2012

  • Relink media using more extensive Meta Data information
  • Relink multiple QT AMA all at one
  • JPEG 2000 CODEC

Avid Media Composer 6.0 Nov 2011

  • First 64-bit version – helpful for intensive processes such as HD AMA files
  • Improved UI (more tabs, less modal, easier to use)
  • Open I/O (Supports 3rd party video hardware. More flexible hardware options)
  • audio mixing support with interoperability with Pro Tools
  • DNxHD 4:4:4 format
  • Built in store plug-ins

Avid Media Composer 5.5.1 March 2011 – What’s new

  • Phrase Find (free 30 day demo available) do text work searches on audio files
  • AJA Capture in/out
  • Argus Series extroller support

Avid Media Composer 5.0 June 2010 What’s New Russo

  • Windows 7 qualification
  • AMA (QuickTime) support: No need to import anymore. No re-wrapping. Directly link to native files
  • Stabilize ( new enhanced version – there is also a legacy region stabilization
  • AMA support for RED HD file support
  • Smart Tools: Direct timeline editing. This makes editing easier for beginners.
  • Mixing Frame Sizes and Aspect Ratios
  • Transcoding Mixed Rate Material
  • Working with RGB Color Space
  • Matrox Mini output support
  • Realtime Artez audio plugins
  • ScriptSync will become a paid option on future versions

Avid Media Composer 4.0 Sept 2009

  • Mix and Match different frame rates on time line Cutting Edge Series
  • AMA Avid Media Access added GFCAM 100 support
  • Software Activation (dongleless)

Avid Media Composer 3.5 March 2009 what’s new Russo

  • AMA Avid Media Access API Released: Support for XDCAM, PS2, GFCAM 50
  • Stereoscoptic 3D editing
  • Keyframable Color Correction
  • FluidStabilizer

Avid Media Composer 3.0 – June 2008 What new

  • Introducted DX line Nitris DX and Mojo DX and GPU support with PCIe connection.
  • RT timecode generator
  • SubCap

Avid Media Composer 2.7 May 2007

  • ScriptSync

Avid Media Composer 2.5 June 2006

  • Media Composer Software only
  • Mojo and Mojo SDI support
  • Tracker

Avid Media Composer 2.0/Avid Xpress Pro 5.0 (Dec 04/Mar 05)

  • AVX 2.0 added – advanced keyframing with 16bit color channel processing
  • HD support
  • 10-bit video
  • SpectraMatte keyer

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