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Shape Avid’s future

 When Avid set up the ACA (Avid Customer Association) there were, it is fair to say, a few cynics who thought it was just another bit of marketing puffery. Who knows; I may even have been tempted to look at it that way, right at the start. However, once I was invited to be a [...]

By | 2017-02-13T12:46:54+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Opinion|0 Comments

Media Composer 8.4.5 and DNxIO 10.5.4 are available

  Avid have announced the release of Media Composer v8.4.5. This release has important bug fixes and, together with the updated Desktop Video Software (10.5.4), includes feature enhancements  for the Avid Artist | DNxIO. This release is made available via the Avid Download Center (login and password required) and via Master Avid Accounts this week, [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:42+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Avid ISIS 1000 is GO !

There is much eager anticipation here at root6 Towers; tomorrow is when our first shipment of Avid ISIS 1000 arrives. Such was our conviction that this was a winner for Avid customers, who wanted ISIS but did not have the budget for ISIS 5500 or 7500, that we placed our first order instantly while listening [...]

Avid embrace VMs for Interplay

Without making a big song and dance of it, Avid immeasurably improved our lives yesterday. It may even mean that some of our engineers get to go home earlier and see their families more often.  […]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:50+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|1 Comment

Avid Announce new IO for MediaComposer, Adobe and FCP

NAB (Booth #SU902), LAS VEGAS, NV, 2015-04-11 The new Avid Artist | DNxIO, in combination with Media Composer software, gives video professionals a powerful, integrated solution for creating greater-than-HD content Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today introduced the Avid Artist | DNxIO, a hardware interface designed to accelerate high-resolution video production. When combined with the industry’s preeminent [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:51+00:00 April 11th, 2015|Categories: NAB|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Media Composer | Software (v8.2) Qualified with Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)

Avid is pleased to announce qualification of Apple’s Mac OSX Yosemite (v10.10) with Media Composer | Software (v8.2) including systems with the Symphony option.    Software Version Requirements Media Composer | Software v8.2 It is important to note that customers with dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a single [...]

By | 2014-11-26T07:51:17+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Avid Media Composer 8.2 released

Avid is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Media Composer® | Software. This latest update – available October 20th – adds exciting new features that creative professionals can use to accelerate their everyday workflows while taking advantage of powerful new tools […]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:56+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Categories: Products, Support|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sony XDCAM, HDCAM, and F65 RAW AMA Plug-ins Updated for Media Composer | Software (v8.0)

Sony has just released updated versions of their XDCAM, HDCAM, and F65 RAW AMA plug-ins, which introduced installation compatibility with Media Composer | Software (v8.0).  Previous versions of the Sony AMA plug-ins would work with Media Composer | Software (v8.0) but were only accessible by installing on Media Composer 7.0.x and then upgrading to Media [...]

By | 2014-07-14T20:55:00+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Categories: Support, tips|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Panasonic P2 Plug-ins Updated to Include Mac OS X Support for Media Composer v7.0.4

Panasonic has just released an updated version of their P2 AMA Plug-in for use with Avid Media Composer v7.0.4.  The v4.2 plug-in adds support for Mac OS X installations of Media Composer and is compatible with Windows installations of Media Composer as well.  The previous 4.1 version, which added support for various AVC-LongG operations, was [...]

By | 2014-07-14T20:52:00+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Categories: Support, tips|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Avid ACA 2014 – first impressions

There’s something undeniably exciting about seeing a large cross-section of people from all over the world, in one place, who have chosen to do the same thing you do with your life being re-energised by a company you’ve loved and whose products have changed your life. And so it was at the inaugural event of [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:13+00:00 April 6th, 2014|Categories: NAB, Opinion|1 Comment

NAB 2014

As we prepare to head over to Las Vegas for NAB the pre show announcements and reseller briefings mean that is shaping up to be a good one. We will be posting regular updates here but we wont be going as far as creating a pseudo TV style channel on You Tube.

By | 2014-04-02T20:42:24+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Events, News|0 Comments

Avid Attic Change (for the better)

The number of bins that are kept in the Attic has always been a bit of a bear trap for the unwary editor. You used to have to do a bit of maths to be sure that, based on the number of bins open in a project, that you had set it right and that [...]

By | 2014-01-13T07:59:00+00:00 January 13th, 2014|Categories: Support, tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Finding stuff Spotlight found

If you are on a Mac and use Spotlight to find documents but rather than open them you want to know where they are stored then hover over the item in the list Spotlight has created and hold the Apple (also known as the Command) key and the Ctrl key together. At the bottom of [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:20+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Categories: Support, tips|0 Comments

Everything you ever needed to know about the Avid MC v7 release

Marianna from Avid has worked long and hard to create this one stop source of information for anyone thinking about upgrading to MC v7 here  Every single scenario that could possibly pertain is described and explained here. The links to the documentation are at the bottom.

By | 2013-06-28T08:25:59+00:00 June 28th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

NLTek supports GoPro and Canon D series cameras

Today NL Technology released new versions of the AutoIngest Direct (V3.5) and Media Transcoder (V1.7) products.  AI Direct and Media Transcoder can now ingest GoPro media and add support for Canon’s D-series DLSR cameras. These products are available for immediate download using your current support account. Users with current support agreements may simply login to [...]

By | 2013-06-25T18:28:00+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

'Beyond HD Masters 2013' – pixel-free and even frame-free video!

This video was shown in one of the sessions; the speaker was Professor Philip Willis of The University of Bath’s Computer Science department. URL: URL: It shows various pieces of video that have been converted to a contour/vector representation where instead of using pixels in a raster to represent video they use contours [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:21+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

'Beyond HD Masters 2013'- cable interfaces and framerates.

Today you can buy equipment that works at the TV “4k” resolution which is also referred to as “quad-HD” because it has twice the number of pixels horizontally and twice the number of active lines; 3,980 x 2,160. Blackmagic have already implemented what they call 6G SDi – i.e. 4 x 1.5Gbit/sec 1920×1080 @30FPS (max) [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:21+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

After 'Beyond HD Masters 2013' – 4K TV colourimetry

Several of us had a day at BAFTA listening to various speakers from the industry talking about 4K (quad-HD, UltraHD, etc etc) and the surrounding standards. ITU Rec.2020 (URL: is the document that covers 4k TV (in fact it defines two resolutions – 3840 × 2160 and 7680 × 4320 – which I’ll refer [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:21+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Final Cut Server R.I.P ?

If you click on you get to the FCP X page. I had heard that Apple might “open source” it but their web site is currently very muted about it. Looks like it might be the end of the road for the product we once knew as Artbox and then became FCS / Final [...]

By | 2011-06-21T18:59:00+00:00 June 21st, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

The party is truly over for Mac OS and malware

For a very long time Mac users have reassured themselves that the nasty stuff will always happen to those uncreative and unimaginative Windows users. As a consequence an astonishing number of Apple OS X users run their computers with little to no regard to security or anti virus protection. If you are one of them [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:59+00:00 May 7th, 2011|Categories: News, Opinion, Support, tips|1 Comment

LTFS is a runner

For about a year there has been talk about a clever new tape filesystem for LTO5 that will allow users to record video straight to data tape (how the old is new again). This NAB I finally got to see it working in such a way as to believe it actually is a solution for [...]

By | 2011-04-14T21:51:00+00:00 April 14th, 2011|Categories: Products|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Fondleslabs are go!

This year at NAB there are iPads to be seen everywhere. From my colleagues hands – yup they got up at 5am to queue at the Fashion Show Mall’s tradesman’s entrance in order to secure them – to the GV booth. If they are not being used as an accessory for a presenter, to take [...]

By | 2011-04-10T23:32:00+00:00 April 10th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |1 Comment

Storm in a teacup!

Something about headlines brings out the punner in us all (well me and the Sun's sub editors, at least) so apologies for the one at the top of this post. The Foundry, for whom we have always had undying respect and admiration, have released the much anticipated Storm. Finally Red camera users have an alternative [...]

By | 2011-03-02T08:09:56+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|Categories: News, Products|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A bolt from the new

Apple released new Mac laptops last week – during half-term! – and they now sport spanking new Sandybridge processors and, most interestingly, a new interconnect which goes by the name of Thunderbolt. Personally, and I mean personally, I think this may be a much more significant move than just adding a swift and convenient interconnect bus [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:56:02+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Categories: News, Products|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments