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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 3:59 PM

    Media Composer v8.5 | AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Avid is pleased to announce the release of Media Composer | Software v8.5.


    HOW TO GET:
    The latest update to Media Composer is available worldwide as of January 29th, 2016 from the Avid Download Center or through the Application Manager.

    The ability to launch Media Composer software is dependent on the status of the customers Upgrade and Support Plan on the date this software version was released.

     - Please read the How to Update Your License page before upgrading to this release.

     - More detailed information is also available on the Upgrade and Support Plan FAQ page.

     - The FlexVersioner, as has been stated in the past, is no longer supported for this release.  See the Support Upgrade article for instructions on how to upgrade your dongle based  or SW licensing based System.

     


    NEW FEATURES:
    Some of the new features in v8.5 include:

     - Menu Simplification: The menus have been reorganized to remove legacy menu items and simplify the user experience.

     - Timeline UI Improvements: A number of updates have been made to the timeline, including enabling Sync Rollers for Sync Locked Tracks, the ability to see full segments as you drag them within the timeline as well as the effect their repositioning will have on the rest of the timeline before you commit the change, and creating a new track by dragging a segment above the timeline.

     - Support for 64 Tracks of Audio: Users can now create and work with 64 individual tracks of audio.

     - Group by Audio Waveforms: Group clips can be made based on audio waveform analysis.

     - HDR Support: Media Composer now includes color spaces for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This provides support for a higher range of video signal, and enables automatic color transformations for source files based on the HDR color space set in the project.

     - Audio Mixer Updates: You can now resize the Audio Mixer and create custom track groupings.

     - FrameFlex Rotation: Users can rotate the framing box in the FrameFlex source settings using the Z rotation slides, enabling the straightening or reframing of an image at the source level rather than in the timeline.

     - Interactive Video Frame Cache: A new Video Memory tab has been added to the Media Cache settings to allow users to save generated frames of the current playing sequence into a memory storage cache, resulting in faster response times while editing and playing back media.

     - UI Personalization Tools: Additional UI settings have been added to allow users to change the background color of the Project Window and Timeline, and override Bin and Project fonts and font sizes.

     - Bin Columns Updates: The process for adding Custom Columns as well as Multiple Columns in bins has been simplified, and you can now copy and paste the same text to multiple fields within a column.

     - Identifying Rendered Effects: Users can now choose to differentiate between rendered effect media and Title and Matte key effect media in the Media Tool. This is helpful when identifying media to delete.

     - Ancillary Data SCC Import: Media Composer now supports importing of Scenarist Closed Caption (.scc) files.
    …and more!

     


    OS SUPPORT:
    This release continues support on Mac OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and 10.10.1 through 10.10.5 (Yosemite) AND introduces support for OS X El Capitan (10.11.3).

    NOTE: To those users upgrading to El Capitan, please deactivate & uninstall Media Composer FIRST, upgrade the OS, then reinstall Media Composer.  If you use Avid Artist DNxIO, you must also uninstall the Desktop Video software and reinstall it after the OS upgrade.


    README:
    The README & "What's New" documents for 8.5 are available here.  As always, please read the docs before upgrading to understand any known issues.



    FEEDBACK:
    If you have any comments or questions regarding the installation of this version, please post it here.  For other bugs or questions, please start a new thread.

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 4:44 PM In reply to

    • kellyv
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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Nice! But the application manager shows 8.4.1.37770 as the latest version. 

    Late 2013 MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Retina 15" with 2 TB Displays OSX El Capitan 10.11.3. Media Composer 8.5. BM Ultra Studio Mini Monitor. BM Desktop Video... [view my complete system specs]

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 4:47 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Then I would just download it from the Download Center.  Might depend on what version of AppMan you have (latest is 2.5.1).

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 4:58 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Running latest app manager. Will go with option B. Thanks!

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 7:55 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Hi

    I'm running El Capitan. MC 8.5 is getting hung up on Initiialize AVX2 Host. Have to force quit. Tried deactivation and reinstalling already. 

    Late 2013 MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Retina 15" with 2 TB Displays OSX El Capitan 10.11.3. Media Composer 8.5. BM Ultra Studio Mini Monitor. BM Desktop Video... [view my complete system specs]

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 7:57 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Disregard. Didn't have media drive mounted. Starting up. Sorry.

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 8:20 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Keep me posted Kellyv on how it goes.....

    watching the forums with an eagle eye

    Reports are great on 8.5 so far......

    Ive been using it for a while on my new Macbook on El Capitan

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 8:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    This is a great list of new features!  I've been wishing for several of these for a while.  Thanks Avid!  Your development team is kicking a**!

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 8:45 PM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Marianna:

    Keep me posted Kellyv on how it goes.....

    watching the forums with an eagle eye

    Reports are great on 8.5 so far......

    Ive been using it for a while on my new Macbook on El Capitan

    Marianna

     

    Will do Marianna. So far my initial issues have been on startup and quit. Sometimes get stuck on startup, but so far on quit I end up having to force quit. It gets past the saving, but then hangs. Playing nice with my BM UltraStudio Mini Monitor. Running BM Destop Video 10.5.4. Running on Late 2013 MacBook Pro with two TB Monitors. Davinci Resolve 12.2 on the other hand is having serious playback issues. But that isn't for you guys to worry about. ;)

    Late 2013 MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Retina 15" with 2 TB Displays OSX El Capitan 10.11.3. Media Composer 8.5. BM Ultra Studio Mini Monitor. BM Desktop Video... [view my complete system specs]

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 8:56 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    I think deserves a big ol' "FINALLY"! (re: El Capitan)  Thank you!

    I was about to ask a question regarding the iMac 5K Late 2015 model (released in Oct 2015, Model Identifier iMac17,1), as it's not listed specifically in the MC 8.5 ReadMe document...

    However, in the "Avid-qualified Apple computers" document, available on the "Media Composer System Requirements" page, the Late 2015 is in fact listed as qualified with MC v8.5.

    Huzzah!

    http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/compatibility/Media-Composer-System-Requirements

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  • Fri, Jan 29 2016 10:02 PM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    The latest release of Media Composer (8.5) has a number of exciting new features and tools to improve your editing experience. With HDR Support, Simplified Menus, 64 Tracks of Audio, Trim and Segment Editing Improvements, Grouping by Audio Waveforms, and FrameFlex Rotation, Media Composer has the tools to help you take your projects to the next level. For more information, check out our Media Composer 8.5 article on Avid Blogs.

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  • Sat, Jan 30 2016 2:22 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    kellyv:

    Marianna:

    Keep me posted Kellyv on how it goes.....

    watching the forums with an eagle eye

    Reports are great on 8.5 so far......

    Ive been using it for a while on my new Macbook on El Capitan

    Marianna

     

    Will do Marianna. So far my initial issues have been on startup and quit. Sometimes get stuck on startup, but so far on quit I end up having to force quit. It gets past the saving, but then hangs. Playing nice with my BM UltraStudio Mini Monitor. Running BM Destop Video 10.5.4. Running on Late 2013 MacBook Pro with two TB Monitors. Davinci Resolve 12.2 on the other hand is having serious playback issues. But that isn't for you guys to worry about. ;)

    Never mind my comment about Resolve issues. I forgot I had a plugin which causes slow playback enabled. All good! Avid is still randomly getting stuck on launch, and have to force quit however when closing app. Hangs. 

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  • Sat, Jan 30 2016 3:34 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    So far so good on the Mac at home.  Will install on PC at office on Monday.  Tested the waverforms for sync on a dance project and it worked great.  Looks like I will have to subclip the show and sync separately though as trying to get the music to sync with the long master clip didn't work.

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  • Sat, Jan 30 2016 10:19 AM In reply to

    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Ugraded and its just stuck on Intialize AVX2 Host - tried re installing, dumping settings etc etc - nothing :(

     

    Please help!

     

    Going to have to roll back to Yosemite as I don't have time to muck about trying to sort this out - so for me Avid MC is NOT working with El Capitain - I am running this on am iMac 5k.

  • Sat, Jan 30 2016 10:39 AM In reply to

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    Re: Media Composer v8.5 | NOW AVAILABLE - w/El Capitan Support!

    Very interesting new features!

     

    How about the "performance issues" on a 12 Core Mac Pro 5.1 while working on RED and Yosemite? Is this solved by supporting El Captain? I still didn't upgrade from Mavericks because of that.

     

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