Playing together in the Cloud

Visitors to the Avid stand can see the newly released version 8.5 of Media Composer in action and a demonstration of the forthcoming Cloud Collaboration feature for audio suite Pro Tools 12.5
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Visitors to the Avid stand can see the newly released version 8.5 of Media Composer in action and a demonstration of the forthcoming Cloud Collaboration feature for audio suite Pro Tools 12.5.

Danny Hollingsworth, solutions specialist at Avid, was demonstrating the new release of Avid's venerable NLE. “Media Composer 8.5 has had its biggest interface change for years,” he said. “The aim was to simplify some of our menus, such as providing an input and output section, so people coming fresh to Media Composer will see right away how to get media in and get footage out, or how to do a mixdown on the timeline.”

Hollingsworth continued, “We also have live timeline dragging, allowing you to move clips around and see it update live. You can move audio around in the same fashion, and see the waveform to help line things up.

The new version of Media Composer also supports HDR workflows and enables editors to work up to 64 audio tracks. Editing is also boosted by the ability to group clips and sync them automatically based on the audio waveform, while effects work will be aided by the new ability to cache all played frames, and all effects applied to those clips, in RAM.

With Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, artists and audio professionals can work together on the same project anywhere in the world because revisions and files are synchronised automatically. They can then compose, record, edit, and mix tracks collaboratively with other Pro Tools users, just as if they were working together in the same studio.

Two Pro Tools systems were sharing and mixing tracks over the internet on the Avid stand, in the first such demo of the collaboration system in Europe.

“We’re showing a pre-release version here at BVE,” said Dave Tyler, audio solutions specialist manager for Avid. “People from all areas of the industry have been interested in this at the show. It’s got a very broad appeal, as it enables remote workflows directly from within your Pro Tools session. It’s a way of sharing whole tracks very quickly.”

Visitors to the Avid stand are also able to get a closer look at PlayMaker, one of the fruits of the Orad acquisition which Avid completed last year.

Ofir Benofici, senior director, Broadcast Products, Avid, said of the sports replay server: “We're bringing PlayMaker closer to the Avid portfolio, integrating it with Media Composer, ISIS or Interplay. Collectively we are providing a much more elaborate workflow. This is gaining a lot of interest from Avid customers and others.”

“It's an evolution, not a revolution,” continued Benofici “You'll see us bring more enhancements to PlayMaker, including 4K, as this is where the market is going.”

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