Big changes to the user interface as well as many different feature enhancements

Avid Media Composer

Avid has unveiled what it describes as a “major new release” of Avid Media Composer. The principal changes are a redesigned, customisable user interface; a new Universal Media Engine; finishing and delivery tools; and support for Apple ProRes for Windows and Catalina.

The customisable user interface enables users to tailor the workspace to match their needs, while user interface updates have been designed to enhance ease of use and enable faster editing and mastering.

Meanwhile, something called a ‘Timeline Sequence Map’ makes it possible to navigate an entire sequence without taking up the whole screen.

Some of the enhancements in finishing include improved grading tools including HDR finishing.  

The inclusion of the Universal Media Engine provides better media importing, playback, editing and export performance, says Avid. It also adds native support for a wider range of formats, including direct media access and Open EXR for streaming services such as Netflix.

Additional tweaks include 9x16 and 1:1 Mask Margins and FrameFlex framing pre-sets, to enhance the ability to create content for mobile video platforms and social media.

Raymond Thompson, director of market solutions – broadcast and media, Avid, said: “Media Composer 2020 gives aspiring pros, freelancers and post and broadcast facilities of all sizes the ability to work remotely and collaborate with other storytellers across the globe to develop the most compelling, high-quality content within a single end-to-end video editing solution.”

The updated Media Composer 2020 is available today in editions for beginners, teams and large media enterprises. Click here for more information and subscription details.