Avid Media Composer 5 New Features Video

Here is a video of Avid Media Composer 5’s new features.

http://www.postmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=VideoLibrary&mod=Video+Library&mid=F9CF6647706A4F6896011A63F395F460&tier=3&id=4064F6EF357E4271A40E44773EC52A4E

No doubt that they’re now listening to editors and trying to attract some Final Cut Pro editors.

AMA

The AMA features look great. I wonder what type of performance we’ll get from editing native R3D 4K files though. As for HDSLRs, I’d still rather convert to DNxHD for finishing / color correction. I just wouldn’t want to keep it in h.264 format. Hate LONG GOP.

TIMELINE MANIPULATION

Looks interesting. Basically, it automatically changes the mode depending on where your cursor is in the timeline. Pretty cool, but I think I would keep the timeline the way it is or maybe just enable some of the segment mode options. I wonder if you can snap to the playhead, but I doubt it. That’s what A LOT of Final Cut editors do but as I said IN MY LAST POST, you can’t snap to the playhead in MC4. You have to set an in or out point. Either way, interesting feature.

MXO2 MINI SUPPORT

This is what I’ve been waiting for. Previously, you had to have your HD monitor hooked up to the video card (or if you had 2 monitors and an HD display, you need 2 video cards) to trick Avid into thinking it’s the secondary monitor in order to get fullscreen playback. And even then, tearing in fast moving video was an issue (however minor it is). Now, we have a CHEAP monitoring solution in the MXO2 Mini ($500 for the non-MAXX) version. This is great, but I’d like to see support for AJA, BLACKMAGIC, and the rest of the MXO2 family. This is only the beginning and hopefully we’ll see that support later. But the MXO2 Mini is a good pick for starters. This is the beginning of a new era for Avid I think. We’re finally getting a cheaper solution for monitoring.

Full-Quality HD-RGB Processing

Hey, better quality finishing in Avid Media Composer? Sign me up!

RED ROCKET SUPPORT

There’s a rumor flying around on Twitter that it’s supposed to have RED ROCKET support! Another plus!

Here’s a detailed description of the key features of Avid Media Composer 5 from Avid’s website.

Work Directly with RED Using the Newly Improved AMA
With Media Composer 5, AMA (Avid Media Access) has been completely reengineered, so you can work natively with more file-based media formats now and in the future. With the new and improved AMA, you can speed up RED workflows by directly accessing RED files (.R3D) in Media Composer without having to prepare them through MetaFuze (all footage is scaled to HD frame size). Plus, you have access to its full metadata and color management data too.

Edit QuickTime Formats Natively
Get native access to all popular QuickTime formats, with full access to clip metadata. Thanks to AMA, you can natively access and edit any movie that can be played in Apple’s QuickTime Player (including Apple ProRes and .mov files captured by Canon 5D and 7D cameras) right in Media Composer — no transcoding, rewrapping, or logging and transferring required.

Drag and Drop Video and Audio to Edit
Get comfortable — with Media Composer 5, you can truly edit the way you like. In addition to the standard way of editing, you can also now directly manipulate elements in the timeline to edit video and audio. Drag and drop clips anywhere you want on the timeline to rearrange sequences. And grab a clip’s in or out point and drag to trim a scene, dialog, or music.

Get Full-Quality HD-RGB Processing
Keep those finishing jobs in house, and deliver the highest quality color and effects work, with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing in Media Composer. With the higher resolution detail, you can perform color correction, keying, and effects work with greater precision and ease. And if you have a Nitris DX-based system, you can digitize, process, monitor, and output (output in Symphony systems only) projects in HD-RGB, using the two HD SDI connections to handle the high-bandwidth resolutions.

Monitor Video Externally through Matrox MXO2 Mini
If you don’t have a Nitris DX- or Mojo DX-based system, Media Composer 5 opens the door to third-party workflows, enabling you to monitor video externally using the Matrox MXO2 Mini interface, which is available for Mac and Windows systems. When paired with Media Composer software, MXO2 Mini becomes a dedicated, high-quality monitor-only solution for file-based or workgroup production, so you can view your video work in real time without any major expense.

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HOW TO GET YOUR FINAL CUT PRO TRIM MODE TO ACT LIKE AVID’S (SORT OF)…

The point of this blog post is to explore the Final Cut Pro TRIM MODE (and Premiere Pro‘s). Many people think the Final Cut Pro TRIM MODE sucks. I don’t believe it does. In fact, I think it’s pretty damn usable. Am I the first person you’ve heard say that? I’m not crazy, I promise. Just check out the video below and see what I mean.

But before you do that, I want to cover a few things. It seemed to me that many people saying that the Final Cut Pro trimmer sucks don’t know that you can actually play the media while in trim mode. You can. Watch below. Also, I believe the Premiere Pro trimmer needs work. It’s worse than the Final Cut trimmer, as you cannot play your media while in trim mode.

You may also want to watch the video in 720p so you can see the screen clearly.

Watch it here in HD – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrym5N26x5s

Also, here is a QUICK overview of the Avid interface/trim mode. A lot of people are not familiar with how Avid works or have “tried it once and hated it.” You need to spend more time with it, use it the way it was intended, and not try to get it to work the way Final Cut or Premiere work. Avid is a different way of editing.

Oh and by the way, you can also hit “U” on the keyboard to enter trim mode in Avid. I forgot to mention that in the video.

Watch it here in HD – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhNxSDjduRM

HERE IS THE LINK for the remapped Final Cut Pro keyboard settings for better editing efficiency. It’s from THE EDIT BLOG ON PVC. The link to download the keyboard layout is at the end of the article (page 2) but I suggest you read the entire article before you download it.

Enjoy and happy trimming!

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WHAT I LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT PREMIERE PRO CS4 – PART 2

ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS4 (PART 2)

A while ago, I posted THIS BLOG about why, as a director who edits his own films, I was excited about Adobe Production Premium CS4. Then I posted THIS VIDEO BLOG (PART 1) explaining certain features that I like/dislike about Adobe Premiere CS4. Now, I wanted to follow that up with the 2nd part, my second VLOG or WHY I LIKE/DISLIKE ADOBE PREMIERE CS4.

YES, IT’S JUST THE START

Not only will I be following this up with more video blogs on features in Premiere (part 3 is planned for now), workflow videos, and other little tricks that I use, I will be doing these series of videos for Vegas and Avid as well! I will also be video blogging on some other topics as well so stay tuned! Oh and don’t forget to check out the weekly BEHIND THE SCENES ON ELKE BLASI’s FEATURE FILM “*69.”

Again, I have a lot of stuff planned for the end of this year and all of next year so stay tuned!

Enjoy!

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WHAT I LIKE/DISLIKE ABOUT ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS4 (PART 1)

ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS4 (PART 1)

***UPDATE(12/25/08): YOU CAN VIEW PART 2 HERE***

A while ago, I posted THIS BLOG about why I was excited about Adobe Production Premium CS4. So now, I wanted to follow up that blog with a video blog.

1st VIDEO BLOG (VLOG?)

This is my first video blog. It’s about my likes and dislikes, as a director who edits his own films, of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is quickly becoming my main editing system and so I wanted to share a few things about the system that I enjoy and also throw in a few things that I think would make Premiere a better editor.

IT’S JUST THE START

Not only will I be following this up with more video blogs on features in Premiere, workflow videos, and other little tricks that I use, I will be doing these series of videos for Vegas and Avid as well! I will also be video blogging on some other topics as well so stay tuned! Oh and don’t forget to check out the weekly BEHIND THE SCENES ON ELKE BLASI’s FEATURE FILM “*69.”

I have a lot of stuff planned for the end of this year and all of next year so stay tuned!

So anyway, here it is! The first video blog! Enjoy!

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Avid’s After Effects EMP and Adobe Premiere Issue.

Quick note everyone.

If you have Avid on your system and you install the Avid After Effects EMP, apparently, it causes an error when trying to capture DV/HDV footage from tape.

This issue came up with Adobe Production Premium CS4 and Avid Media Composer 2.5.3. Not sure if this issue happens with Avid Media Composer 3.

The issue that comes up when capturing in Premiere is a message in the Capture Window in Premiere: “Cannot activate recorder. Try resetting camera.”

Apparently, it’s a codec issue. I hope this helps. If you come across this problem, it’s probably a codec issue and you may have to uninstall a codec pack, so keep this in mind when you’re installing codec packs because it’s not just Avid’s After Effects EMP. I’ve heard it happen with other codec packs as well.

http://premierepro.wikia.com/wiki/Error:Can%27t_activate_recorder

and this

http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.3bb4a963

Keep this in mind! Hope this helps!

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