Avid recently updated their Media Composer 2018 with several of the most requested features by their user-base. New additions in the latest December 2018 update include a brand new Titling tool for high resolution text including 4K titles, accelerated multi-cam editing, improved DPX performance, as well as a shape-based colour correction for those with the Avid Symphony subscription add-on.
All these new features are included when you get the Media Composer One-Year Subscription, which gives you one-year access to standard support starting at $19.99.
For those looking for a bare-bones editing version without all the bells and whistles, Avid also offers a Media Composer First, which is a free download. To see what is included in the First, Standard (paid) and Ultimate (paid) version of Media Composer, check out this helpful Comparison Chart prepared by Avid.
See a breakdown of the new features in the December 2018 update below.
- New Titling Tool for high-resolution text and in-context edits
- Multicam updates so you can get to the creative work faster
- Background Auto Bin Save so you can keep working and save time
- DPX Performance Improvements for high res content in real-time
- Shape-Based Colour Correction for advanced imagery
- (Symphony option required)
New High Resolution Titles Tool
In the latest December 2018 update, Media Composer 2018 comes with an all-new titling tool, which makes it easier to create simple high-res 4K titles that’ll draw viewers in to reading.
Editors can access the new titling tool icon (T+) and start typing directly in the record monitor. Because titles now act as effects (no media is created) and are resolution independent, they can be applied to any clip or track and saved as templates to a bin for easy drag-and-drop reuse.
Users can chose to work as simply or as deeply as they desire; with the choice to edit with a small toolbar or full effects editor. Titles can be edited by adjusting or changing the font, colour, size, kerning, rotation, opacity, shadow, edge, shape, backdrop, animation, and other attributes.
Save a title as a template in a bin, which can then be dragged and dropped onto any clip or track for re-use. In addition, editors can turn titles created with the previous Title tool into the new titling format, with complete resolution independence.
Faster multi-cam editing
Media Composer 2018 now offers huge improvements to its entire multi-cam editing workflow, saving you time and money while providing a better user experience.
From the ability to create groups directly from sequences, to making adjustments to multiple clips with mixed frame rates in real time, you can spend less time on prep work and get right to the creative aspects of editing faster.
Autosave Bins in the Background!
This was apparently the number 1 requested feature by ACA members who swear by Avid’s NLE – and now Media Composer will automatically save bins in the background, so you can keep editing without interruption, and eliminating the risk of losing your hard work and important data.
Better DPX Performance
Media Composer 2018 now offers a faster, smoother workflow when playing and editing DPX files in the timeline.
With many performance improvements made under the hood, you can work with the uncompressed media more efficiently and turn around a higher volume of high-res, high-quality content faster without the need to transcode to any of the DNx formats or re-link media.
Shape-based Colour Correction
For those of you who need to adjust colour on a specific part of the image, without affecting the overall grade, you’ll enjoy the new shape-based colour grading tool.
Thanks to the new Shape-based Colour Correction in the Media Composer Symphony Option, available as a subscription and included with Media Composer Ultimate, editors can now isolate an area for independent adjustment by creating a shape layer, which draws a matte.
Editors can now choose a preset shape or draw their own; alternatively create multiple shapes in the same layer, isolate by Luma and Chroma values, and also do serial and parallel correction providing lots of creative flexibility.
To learn more about the latest updates to Media Composer head over to Avid.
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